The book for January is Thomas Hardy's classic Jude the Obscure. Called "Jude the Obscene" by at least one reviewer, Jude the Obscure received a harsh reception from scandalised critics. It is thought largely for this reason that Hardy made the decision to produce only poetry and drama for his remaining 32 years. The book was burned publicly by the Bishop of Wakefield in the year it came out. Now if that doesn't entice you to read the book and find out what the fuss is all about, what will?
Next Book Club: Monday evening, January 10th, 2011