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  1. says:

    The Well Beloved is Hardy’s last novel or his penultimate depending on how you count and it has a distinctly elegiac valedictory feel about it The ostensible theme is beauty and the artist’s—and lover’s—desire to possess and appropriate it but it is also about ageing and memory and the vanishing of youth There is something of a presentiment of Proust about this novel and I wasn’t surprised to learn that Proust knew The Well Beloved and liked it He has an interesting comment about it in a letter of 1910 which recognizes the thematic analogies between Hardy’s work and his own Je viens de lire une très belle chose qui ressemble malheureusement un tout petit peu à ce que je fais La Bien Aimée de Thomas Hardy Il n’y manqué même pas la légère part de grotesque qui s’attache aux grandes oeuvresProust has a point about the grotesque Hardy’s protagonist Jocelyn Pearston in the 1892 serialized version of the novel I read or Jocelyn Pierston in the 1897 revised book publication pulls off the remarkable feat of falling in love successively with three generations of women in the same family with the same name Avice Caro Hardy manages the intrinsic farce of this situation well at the same time that he works it for his deeper philosophical themes “Caro” means “flesh” in Latin with all that implies When Jocelyn confesses to Avice Mark III that he has loved her grandmother and her mother prior to her the girl asks sardonically whether he loved her great grandmother as wellIncidentally I feel no qualms about giving away aspects of this novel’s—preposterous—plot because plot is so little a part of it It’s less a realist novel than a symbolist poem or better it’s a strange mixture of the twoOn the “symbolist poem” side of the equation one thing I liked about the novel was its impressive philosophical density and especially the interesting highly self conscious way in which it engages with the Platonic theme of idealized love as a groping after divine or immaterial beauty On the “realist novel” side I loved its portrayal of the tiny island or peninsula of Portland off the Dorset coast the ancestral home both of Jocelyn and the various Avices and home also to the famous Portland stone of which half the great monuments in London are builtHardy portrays the tiny fragile vanishing island culture of Portland brilliantly setting it off against the world of London drawing rooms through which Jocelyn disaffectedly drifts He yokes these worlds powerfully together through the detail of Jocelyn’s profession as a sculptor linking him on the one hand to matter—the stone that his father and grandfather quarried on Portland—and on the other to form the vapid ideal sculptural images of beauty with which Jocelyn delights the polite London world I thought of Michelangelo at points reading this novel—both for his sculptural pursuit of beauty and for his “grotesque”—or tragicomedic—real life obsession with beautiful individuals of which we catch glimpses in his poetry Given Michelangelo’s well known incapacity or unwillingness to finish artistic works it is poignant that Hardy found it so difficult to find closure with this novel Apart from the 1897 revision—quite major and structural—he revised it again in 1903 and 1912A obvious parallel with The Well Beloved is Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray which was published the year before the serial version of Hardy's novel in 1891 A feature of Jocelyn's characterization that Hardy emphasizes is his unnatural youthfulness of appearance well into middle age reflecting his moral and emotional arrested development The themes of the two novels are very close in some ways although their plots have a very different arc A final comparison I noticed that one reviewer on this site mentions the thematic echoes of The Well Beloved in Christopher Nicholson’s Winter a fine biographical novel on Hardy’s late life I was struck by that as well Nicholson is clearly in dialogue with The Well Beloved in ways that I hadn’t realized when I read Winter a few years ago


  2. says:

    OKCUPID BYLINE Pretentious sculptor seeks a pretty island wench her daughter and her granddaughter to idolise pointlessly for over forty years with a view to never touching or kissing ever No smokers or catfishers Brunettes preferred


  3. says:

    This was a bizarre little novel following a sculptor on a lusty lifetime pursuit for his 'well beloved' This term describes in essence his ideal female partner and he over the years finds such a figure in three generations of womenThe subject matter made me feel a little queasy to read about as it never seemed challenged in any way I understand the age of this book is largely the cause of this but a modern day reader will find much to negate in this pages despite the protagonist enjoying nothing than the idolisation of these womenOnce the somewhat distasteful topic is overlooked and the story taken for what it is it is actually an enjoyable one The years flew quickly yet the novel never felt rushed Hardy immerses the reader into the protagonist's head which is a little initially disconcerting given his tendencies but ultimately leads to a small measure of understanding as the novel winds down to a satisfying conclusionI have started my journey with Hardy at the end of his life's work but the writing exhibited here has me eager to retreat into other of his infamous earlier publications


  4. says:

    As a means of justifying his transient lusts 20 year old sculptor Jocelyn Pierston has invented a metaphor that of the Well Beloved The Well Beloved never takes permanent home in a single individual woman First she is here in the buxom laundress next she is there in the world traveling heiress and so on The book is broken into 3 sections In the first predictably when Pierston is in his twenties the Well Beloved is most fleeting Tripping from one lust worthy female to the next then she is gone for weeks perhaps months Pierston is not a rake mind you He does not ruin women as casual sex was said to have done to women in those days In fact to my reckoning in the entire 60 year span of the narrative he gets laid once The reason the metaphor is useful to him is because he is an artist who seeks to capture the Well Beloved in his work This is his passion you see Beauty I don't believe I have ever come across such a well written tribute to fickle lustful solipsism in my life As Pierston ages in the two succeeding sections where he is 40 and 60 respectively he becomes especially fixed on a single family the Caros in whose three succeeding generations of lookalike daughters he finds his Well Beloved embodied Especially fascinating to me for all the wrong reasons was the sixty year old Pierston's attempt to marry a woman 40 years his junior Yes she is the final incarnation of his goddess Here is the paradox though the book holds you it's prose narrative carries you along skillfully while the protagonist grows increasingly creepy and isolated


  5. says:

    I loved this book It gives a completely different approach to love than I've ever read or imagined not that you love a person but the spirit of your well beloved will take their shape It may stay in that form or for jocelyn it continually leaves one physical form and inhabits another constantly Definitely an interesting concept I find Thomas Hardy a bit hard to read but he has the most amazing stories It's definitely worth the read


  6. says:

    After watching Tess of the d'Urbervilles I decided I’d have to read by the author Thomas Hardy What truly impressed me was Hardy’s ability to create such interesting characters and to explore human nature especially within the confines of the social s and expectations of Victorian British society Interestingly rather than focusing on the wealthy of the period he focuses on the common rural class I love how he gently but harshly criticizes the expectations of Victorian society by placing his characters in unpleasant situations caused by these expectationsOne small bit that I found interesting along these lines is that a young man invites his fiance to a specific place for the island's traditional consummation of the engagement However she leaves him a note saying that because of her modern ideas she has decided not to meet him because she'd rather save her virginity for marriage Upon this moment the rest of the young man's life hinges But I found it interesting that some of the modern ideas of Victorian times were a turn toward a conservative view of premarital sex And Thomas Hardy spins the results of this one modern idea to an extreme that spans 40 years I love that this book’s full title is The Well Beloved A Sketch of a Temperament Within the author explores of the extremes of a certain type of personality through his character Jocelyn Jocelyn is prone to falling in and out of love constantly However nearly as soon as the person he’s fallen in love with takes interest in him he falls out of love with them and in love with someone else Jocelyn’s excuse for this phenomenon is that he’s only ever been in love with one entity which he calls his “well beloved” but this entity flits from person to person He hopes that one day this entity will fall on one person and stay there How interesting the stories we tell ourselves to excuse ourselves from our actions I have a hard time believing Jocelyn’s prognosis of being in “love” with all these women After all he often loves them before he even really gets to know them or even meets them I’d go only as far as to believe that he was addicted to feeling of yearning after someone And I’d call that state “having a crush” rather than “being in love” But I well know that feeling One of my untold secrets is that until I was in my late 20s I always had to have a crush on someone even if I was in a relationship with someone else It was far exciting to want and obsess over someone than to actually have them I think it was when I realized I was addicted to this feeling that I finally was able to shed it But I didn't go to the extreme of being a serial heart breaker like JocelynBeing a scientifically minded person I had to research the chemical stages of attraction love and relationships after reading of this person who was unable to stay in love1 LUST caused by TESTOSTERONE plays a major role in the sex drive of both men and women and OESTROGEN 2 ATTRACTION PHEROMONES smell can play a role here as well as APPEARANCE which can be a subconscious way of determining genetic compatibility3 INITIAL GIDDINESS caused by DOPAMINE a pleasure chemical which produces a feeling of bliss euphoria craving and addiction This neurochemical appears to be associated with mate selection4 EXCITEMENT AND FOCUS caused by NOREPINEPHRINE similar to adrenaline which results in a racing heart excitement heightened attention short term memory hyperactivity sleeplessness and goal oriented behavior5 ELATION caused by PHENYLETHYLAMINE the product of mixing dopamine with norepinephrine which produces elation intense energy sleeplessness craving loss of appetite and focused attention6 OBSESSING OVER NEW PARTNER caused by lower levels of SEROTONIN7 BONDING caused by OXYTOCIN released as a result of physical touch and at sexual climax produces feelings of satisfaction and attachment8 MONOGAMY caused by VASOPRESSIN antidiuretic hormone continues to play a role in attachment9 LONG TERM RELATIONSHIPS assisted by ENDORPHINS the body's natural pain killers released during sex and physical contact which produce a general sense of well being including feeling soothed peaceful and secure So I’m going to say that it was a sort of chemical addiction that Jocelyn and I had an addiction to dopamine norepinephine and phenylethylamine Unfortunately Jocelyn stays addicted to these chemicals from his 20s through his 60s But he never stays in love because he never allows himself to get to the point of developing any type of bond or long term relationship He’s no longer interested once the pursuit has ended Something else interesting about Jocelyn’s love addictions is that he’s attracted to the same genetic mix over and over again There’s been research done that says that we are attracted most to those who are the best genetic matches to us Our pheromonal attraction supposedly leads us to those who are the best genetic matches for our immune systems There has been research showing that there is often a correlation between couples and their lung volumes middle finger and ear lobe lengths overall ear size neck wrist circumferences and metabolic rates Supposedly for the sake of genetic evolutionary purposes we are attracted to people who look like our parents or who look like us According to this then there’s a reason couples often look alike They don’t look alike because they’ve been together so long instead they’ve been together so long because they look alike So it would make sense that if the attraction is a genetic one that you’d easily find yourself attracted to several someones from the same genetic pool That same something that attracted you to the first person would attract you again on a base level Anyhow Hardy didn’t set out to write about the genetics and chemistry of love but his personality sketch of Jocelyn nods in such a direction It makes you wonder how a person could continue on such a loathsome path for so long and whether there’s ever a chance of redemption for them Or are they cursed for a lifetime because of the way they threw away “love” so easily in their youth? Do the decisions that we make early in our lives follow us throughout a lifetime? Can we change? There are so many questions to ponder from a simple character sketch While not as complex and wrenching as Tess of the d'Urbervilles this work will still keep me reading works by Thomas Hardy I have a feeling it’s going to be a very Thomas Hardy year for me This is an author with whom I would love to have been a contemporary of and with whom I would have liked to have been able to strike up a philosophical correspondence While I’m not generally a fan of realist authors this one strikes a mental chord with me I'm rounding up to 4 stars from 35 and plan to read everything of his I can get my hands on


  7. says:

    Rather a weird Hardy I loved the setting and the language as always was great but the protagonist was quite unlikable and distinctly creepy and there was only so long I could suspend my disbelief


  8. says:

    The Well Beloved was Hardy’s last novel – serialised in 1892 and published in novel form in 1897 Following the furore that surrounded the publication of Jude the obscure in 1895 Hardy turned his back on novel writing and devoted himself to his poetry for the remaining thirty years of his life The Well Beloved is a work that Hardy himself revised several times in 1897 for the novel’s publication and again in 1903 and 1912 The edition I read uses Hardy’s revised 1912 text Coincidently I recently read a novel called ‘Winter’ – about Thomas Hardy and his second wife Florence at the very end of Hardy’s life Exploring the idea that his character Tess was Hardy’s own ideal – his Well Beloved a character based upon a young milkmaid whose daughter was to later play the part of Tess in a stage production Winter was therefore great preparation for re reading this novel A novel often categorised as being one of Hardy’s Romance and Fantasies The themes that Hardy explores in this novel are not unfamiliar ones for Hardy readers conventional marriage the search for an ideal and the effects of the passage of time The Well Beloved of the title – is an ideal a spirit which the central character Jocelyn Pierston believes comes to temporarily inhabit the physical form of subsequent women and girls Structurally the novel is divided into three sections charting Jocelyn’s romantic life at twenty at forty and finally at sixty the three stages of his romantic education with three generations of women The story of a transient spirit transferring itself from woman to woman is of course is the story that Jocelyn Pierston tells himself and his artist friend Somers in order to excuse what is obviously his own flighty inconsistent behaviour “She came nine times in the course of the two or three ensuing years Four times she masqueraded as a brunette twice as a pale haired creature and two or three times under a complexion neither light nor dark Sometimes she was a tall fine girl but often I think she preferred to slip into the skin of a lithe airy being of no great stature I grew so accustomed to these exits and entrances that I resigned myself to them quite passively talked to her kissed her corresponded with her ached for her in each of her several guises”Jocelyn is a sculptor – from a small “island” community in fact a peninsular described by Hardy as the Gibraltar of Wessex – where a few families exist mainly by working in the stone quarrying industry marrying and intermarrying for generations The community have their own traditions surrounding betrothal which involves couples sneaking off together to fully consummate their relationship – thus making marriage necessary Jocelyn has moved away from his island home making his life mainly in London he comes back from time to time to visit When he is twenty Jocelyn’s ideal of the Well Beloved inhabits the form of Avice Caro – a girl he has known since childhood Having asked Avice to marry him the couple decide not to go through the form of traditional betrothal Jocelyn later abandons Avice to run off with another woman the daughter of his father’s greatest business rival in whom he again sees the spirit of The Well Beloved In later years Jocelyn finds his Well Beloved in other places and in other women it becomes a fleeting ideal with the passage of time At forty Jocelyn returns to his Wessex home briefly where he meets Avice Caro’s daughter Ann Avice and in her immediately sees the Well Beloved again In his sixties it is her daughter Avice the third to whom he becomes briefly engaged With the passage of time Jocelyn comes to believe that the original Avice was the woman he least appreciated – the hereditary link between these three women seem in part at least what draws Jocelyn toward them These three stages of Pierston’s romantic education concludes with Jocelyn changing his attitude somewhat in the search for his ideal – contenting himself with affection and companionship with one single woman The premise of this novel is an odd one I suppose and yet Hardy makes it work allowing him as it does to explores those old familiar themes This was my third reading of The Well Beloved – a likeable enough Hardy novel although not a favourite of mine – I do think it offers us an interesting perspective on Hardy’s own attitudes to love marriage and the pursuit of the ideal


  9. says:

    Intellectually I realised I probably shouldn't like this book as much as I did but I really enjoyed it While the main character was a little silly I thought his idea of the beloved was interesting I liked it on a spooky level the idea that women were being possessed by the one he loved who kept moving It had a touch of a ghost story The fact that he was in love with something so ephemeral and yet in reality became so obsessed with one woman he rejected that he became so infatuated with her daughter and her granddaughter was delightfully ironic Of all the three Avice's I think I liked the 2nd one best She was not the best educated but when she came out of her mother's shadow she seemed to have by far the most spirit Answering back doing what she wanted and of course chasing her own beloved I thought it telling that the narrator didn't use her real name but also referred to her as Avice I also liked the brief portraits of the minor characters that came in from time to time Of course the fact that one man tried to get it on with mother daughter and grand daughter is terribly creepy when you think about it The fact that he failed every time made it amusing rather than sinister I've been thinking a lot about growing up and growing old lately and I think this book did a wonderful job of examining this theme almost than it did looking at love infatuation and obsession I also found that Hardy's style was by far the most beautiful of any of his books I've read so far It was stunningly visual and personal Definitely recommended


  10. says:

    I read the first 30 pages Jocelyn Pierston a sculptor whose fame is growing in London returns to “the Isle of Slingers” Hardy gave all his English locales made up names for a visit and runs into Avice Caro a childhood friend On a whim he asks her to marry him Before long though following a steamy for Victorian literature anyway scene under an upturned boat during a storm he transfers his affections to Miss Bencomb the daughter of his father’s rival stone merchant The fickle young man soon issues a second marriage proposal Thirty pages was enough for me