At the beginning of October 2009 I posted a review of one of my favorite classics, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, over on goodreads.com. It was a bit light hearted in places but rather long by the standards of book reviews by readers there. I had fun writing it and did not think much more about it, expecting the review to lapse quickly into obscurity as in fact my other 53 reviews have, with the one minor exception of the review of Homage to Catalonia.
That review of Tess has not lapsed into obscurity yet. Just this past week three more readers indicated that they liked it, bringing the total to 42. Forty-two mashes of the “Like” button on something that I have written about a book without any promotion of the piece at all is exceptional. The hits on it seem to be picking up steam, also, more than two and a half years after it was originally posted. I can only conclude that this is because of the discussion of the sexual aspects of the novel, which actually constituted only a small part of the review. The following is the meat of that discussion:
I think that we can safely conclude that Alec, the “bad guy,” is sexually skillful in the sack. He knows what he is doing with a woman and likes to do it a lot. The “good guy,” Angel, fumbles in this area. I mean, the “good guy,” Angel, chooses to sleep on the couch during his wedding night rather than have sex with one of the hottest young women in the country. Why? Because he finds out that she has had sex before. Whew! This is the kind of thing that can complicate life for a girl, I understand. And now, thanks to this novel, I do understand.
The entire review is set out in this blog as a page, but there is no need to click on that link because, if my suspicions are correct, you have just finished reading the interesting part.