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  1. Kindel Kindel says:

    One of the reasons I truly love Hawthorne is that you can glimpse the writer in progress In reading his short stories you can watch as he crafts and develops characters that star in his novels It is almost as if he sat at his desk and asked What if they all moved to the same little town in New England? What would happen? That said my favorite of all his books is Fanshawe It is identifiably Hawthorne's first book he self published it and spent the rest of his life destroying every copy he could find His sister's diary reports an evening where he removed her hidden copy from her shelf and threw it into the fire As such it was pretty hard to find and is rarely found outside of a Hawthorne collection If you read it you can completely understand his feelings The villian is bad because his hat is black and angled low there are pirates and random dashes across fields with guns for no reason the female charater seems like a silent film heroine prototype and the prose is unwieldy That said you can see the potential author lurking in his descriptions of minor characters and the surrounding landscape If you ever have a free afternoon take a chance there is so much than the Scarlet Letter and as one of America's greatest authors he deserves than a second glance

  2. Beth Beth says:

    Ok so I only read The Scarlet Letter I must admit to having a bit of trouble with my comprehension and concentration these days This story taxed both because the writing style is so old But I guess it will broaden your vocabulary horizons far enough to aide you in playing this game FreeRiceHere is one of my favorite paragraphs an example of the author's humor It was as Hester said in regard to the unwanted jollity that brightened the faces of the people Into this festal season of the year as it already was and continued to be during the greater part of two centuries the Puritans compressed whatever mirth and public joy they deemed allowable to human infirmity; thereby so far dispelling the customary cloud that for the space of a single holiday they appeared scarcely grave than most other communities at a period of general affliction

  3. Keith Keith says:

    The House of the Seven Gables This sort of fantasyhorrorgothicromance is not exactly to my taste I bought the book on tape for a pittance I enjoyed it but it was a bit slow After a while you realize that as soon as something dramatic is about to happen Hawthorne will go into some discursive discussion before revealing anything What’s troublesome though are the characters They hardly come to life appearing as types than personalities The women worse of allHawthorne seems to have caught the same “dream woman” fever as Dickens Remove all the praise applause commendation glorification laudation adoration and exaltation about Phoebe and the book would be one third shorter I exaggerate only slightly This need to present the feminine “idealfantasy” in the flesh seems overpowering for mid nineteenth century novelist Phoebe is beautiful of course graceful and of soothing voice She cheerfully does chores and gladly will do whatever anyone asks Nary does she have a negative thought about someone unless it is well deserved She brings a light to every room she enters She’s of course not book smart but has unerring instincts and manners – revealing a knowledge of the inner truth of each person And most importantly she completely lacks a will of her own but to brighten the lives of everyone else No selfishness no pettiness no weariness no vanity crosses her perfectly placid mind Ugh You won’t be surprised to find out that she even brings people religion “Forth likewise from the portal of the old house stepped Phoebe putting up her small green sunshade and throwing upward a glance and smile of parting kindness to the faces at the arched window In her aspect there was a familiar gladness and a holiness that you could play with and yet reverence it as much as ever She was like a prayer offered up in the homeliest beauty of one’s mother tongue Fresh was Phoebe over and airy and sweet in her apparel; as if nothing that she wore neither her gown nor her small straw bonnet nor her little kerchief any than her snowy stockings — had ever been put on before; or if worn were all the fresher for it and with a fragrance as if they had lain among the rosebuds“The girl waved her hand to Hepzibah and Clifford and went up the street; a religion in herself warm simple true with a substance that could walk on earth and a spirit that was capable of heaven” p 496Oh dear lord And women lacking any will seems to be a theme Alice Pynchon has her free will stolen by the younger Maule She’s so weak he takes it by simply looking in her eyes and waving his hand After that she runs to him on a moment’s notice as his slave Everyone else in town apparently just shrugs and says “That’s normal”By the way How does one feel sorry for the Maule family after they kill Alice? The Pynchons stole land the Maules steal people’s souls and kill them Which do you think is worse? HmmThe Governor Pynchon chapter is a strange digression but one of my favorite parts of the book It is a little story within the story that you could probably remove and not miss it But it is strangely appealingOverall this is a slow tale slowly told If you like slow paced but beautifully told ghost stories you will enjoy this It wasn’t to my taste

  4. Lora Shouse Lora Shouse says:

    This is the kind of book you are most likely to find at a library It contains five of Hawthorne’s most famous and probably best novels I got it because there were two of them on my booklist that I had not read yet As the old part of the booklist gets narrowed down there are fewer opportunities to mark off multiple titles by reading a single volume In fact many of the remaining books are just the opposite – a single title turns out to consist of three or separate booksThat said here are my thoughts on the five novels in this collection FanshaweRating 30According to the notes Hawthorne paid to have this novel published He was reportedly ashamed of this his first published full length work His name did not appear on the title page of the original and he later tried to destroy all copies of it It is supposed to be difficult to find except in collections such as this oneI have a hard time trying to understand what he had to be ashamed of It was probably never a contender for the honor of ‘the great American novel’ even in 1828 when it was first published But in spite of a somewhat slow opening it is a solid story There are some gentle twists to the plot that you don’t expect even though you can spot some aspects of the ending coming almost from the beginning It is not however trite boring or formulaic This one was never on my to read list but was an enjoyable read nevertheless The Scarlet LetterRating 35This novel published in 1850 does or at least once did have some claim to be considered ‘the great American novel’ School children have found it reuired –or at least suggested – reading almost ever since probably because of the exploration of moral themes in it When I first read The Scarlet Letter back in high school I didn’t like it that much because it was such a dark story despite mostly taking place out in the fresh air and sunshine On re reading it I find I was not scared by it as much as I was the first time but didn’t like it much better It has for me the air of almost a psychological horror story as perhaps it was intended to The House of the Seven GablesRating 45OK I have to admit that I didn’t actually read this novel in this edition due to time constraints needing to get the book ready to return to the library I did however previously read The House of the Seven Gables in a stand alone edition and it remains my favorite Hawthorne novel The Blithedale RomanceRating 30This book published in 1852 is based loosely on Hawthorne’s earlier participation in the Brook Farm commune The narrator a Miles Coverdale tells the story of his relationship or non relationship like with three of the fellow members of the Blithedale commune One of these a ‘philanthropist’ nurses Coverdale through an early illness but loses interest in him when he fails to subscribe completely to the philanthropist’s pet project of starting an institution of some sort for the rehabilitation of criminals The other two young ladies turn out to be sisters but Coverdale has to do some detective work back in town to discover this The older woman Zenobia is thought to be wealthy and does subscribe to the philanthropist’s project apparently having pledged financial support Her younger half sister Priscilla who came to the colony little than a child in the guise of an orphan has no money but loved the philanthropist from the start as he was the one deputed to bring her to the colonyThere is a side plot involving a showman who exhibits a creature known as the ‘Veiled Lady’ which he uses in a fortune telling racket which I didn’t completely understand The philanthropist reveals the ‘Veiled Lady’ to be Priscilla on the occasion when he and Coverdale see her in a small town in rural Massachusetts but except that Coverdale regards the showman as a sinister character not much about this is explainedThis novel while certainly not standard or very predictable even now didn’t have much punch The ending didn’t turn out particularly well for anybody and there was a lot that was never really explained The Marble FaunRating 32This book published in 1860 has great descriptions of the art and environment of Rome and the surrounding Italian countryside Three artists an American lady painter an American sculptor and another young lady painter whose origins are not clear start out comparing their friend who turns out to be an Italian count to the famous statue of a faun by Praxiteles In particular they deem him to be of a sunny disposition but not too brightA mysterious man is stalking the second young lady painter Ultimately the “faun” who is in love with her catches the stalker and drops him off the Tarpeian Rock with her acuiescence This act galvanizes both of them with horror and ultimately comes between them even though they don’t at first come under any suspicion from the authorities The American lady painter unbeknownst to them witnesses the deed and it also causes a rift between her and the other two All three of them are consumed with guilt and suffer separately for a timeIt is left to the sculptor who to begin with has no idea what has happened to unravel all the mysteries surrounding the sudden change in all their relations The main themes appear to be how the experience of suffering allows the count to become a wiser and intelligent being and the idea that confession is good for the soul

  5. Lynn Lynn says:

    I only read The Scarlet Letter I understood this so much better as an adult than a teen in high school literature class

  6. Lawrence A Lawrence A says:

    Five stars for The House of the Seven Gables which I read in a different edition a few years back but only three for The Marble Faun which is part Italian travelogue part art history lesson part murder mystery part gothic romance part meditation on the fall of man from his Edenic progenitors and part thinly veiled screed against the Catholic church and monasticism These disparate aspects didn't uite hold together Hawthorne posits his moral unsullied American Congregationalist New Englanders Kenyon and Hilda true Americans abroad as paradigms for purity as opposed to the morally suspect part Jewish Miriam and uasi naif aristocrat manue Donatello Despite some memorable scenes and characters the narrative just didn't uite gel for me Nonetheless Hawthorne's dense writing provides an overall worthwhile experience

  7. Paul Jellinek Paul Jellinek says:

    Hawthorne has a uniue and strikingly honest voice that you already hear in his first novella written during his college years and that brings his mature novels all four of which are included in this volume vividly to life I've read that many great writers were actually not very nice people in their everyday lives but as I worked my way through these four remarkable and intensely human novels I couldn't help but feel that Hawthorne must have been an exception

  8. Katrina Katrina says:

    this particular printing has some horrendous errors in The House of the Seven Gables such as duplicate groups of pages in multiple locations and the omission of nearly an entire chapter i was still able to follow the story but i'd really like to know about the significance of a certain arched windowout of this collection i also read Fanshawe and The Scarlet Letter uite enjoyable

  9. Lorileinart Lorileinart says:

    What is not to love about The Scarlet Letter? It is one of those books that gets richer with each reading Timeless important and most of all current in light of the sociopolitical scene occurring right now

  10. Leslie Leslie says:

    Reading through some of this novel The House of the Seven Gables was a slog and I just couldn't appreciate the long descriptions and no action Of course I probably missed all kinds of meaning

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