Sunday, February 20, 2011

READ WITH ME : Tess of the D'Urbervilles



Today is the day that every member of Read With Me La Porte Rouge Book Club will post about the first book we read : Tess of the D'Urbervilles; an English classic by Thomas Hardy. 

After reading the book I decided to express my idea in an illustration. Because it wasn't only "Tess". For me, this is an icon of history's woman of my mind :
The woman who carries all her pain on her shoulders for years. And transfer it to her next generation. The woman who is like a tree. Still and soundless. She accepts all the traumas that society does to her and never try to get over it. All the emotional and physical harms that happen for the ignorance of societies, for she's not aware. Because she is not educated to take a step for her liberty. 

The story of Tess is written in 19th century. But there are still many women all over the world who have the same lives.




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20 comments:

poet said...

I've been meaning to read this book after seeing the movie almost a year ago, but I can't bring myself to starting it because the movie was so depressing already... Your illustration is beautiful, and from what I know (movie-wise) it fits really well!

UpGemini said...

Hi! I'm part of the book club as well (I'm about to post my review) and love your illustration! Very descriptive! Ciao :)

sunneschii said...

Beautiful illustration!
The book is on my reading list, but so far I haven't had the time or motivation to read it.

nicole said...

This illustration is very sad and beautiful, and it captures a very deep truth about the book. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Susan said...

This is lovely & wistful. I agree w/nicole (above).

Ida Nielsen said...

It's beautiful!! Thanks for sharing

Ash said...

Interesting take. Love the illustration. The ending of that book left me terribly sad.

Shaddy aka Cheryl said...

I haven't read this book but if possible, I will one day soon.

What an artist you are!!! Your drawing is amazing in the way it expresses your impression of the woman in the book.

Kristina said...

So beautiful and painful,bravo Shokoofeh

Sara said...

This is so beautiful, Shokoofeh. I meant to email you, I will soon.

onesilentwinter said...

beautiful. no stunning and full of emotions.
if you would like i can sha rethis on read with me!

What Possessed Me said...

I adore this book!

Mridula said...

what a beautiful illustration!

Sara said...

your illustration is marvelous!

niloofar said...

می دونی که من تنبل تر از اونم که بیام و اینجا واست کامنت بگذارم
:D
برا همین به توافق رسیدیم که من احساساتم رو , رو در رو باهات در میون بگذارم
ولی این تصویر سازی و اون نوشته پایین بقدری دوست داشتنی بود که حیفم اومد چیزی ننویسم

پی نویس :
ببخش که فارسی نوشتم , این هم از تنبلیه
:D :*

Jacqueline said...

so lovely. and i love that illustration.

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that's a sprite and i watch your ability in your mind through out your this post very beautiful idea your thinking very nice keep it up in future

iamchanelle said...

what a beautifully haunting image. this has moved me - i love it.

kitchu said...

an amazing interpretation through your beautiful artwork. i have yet to read the book but am even more interested now than i ever have been in the past.

Ann Marie said...

i LOVE your illustration so so much. it's perfect. those roots. that hair. those lips! sigh.