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Ethan Frome & Summer [BOOKS] ✭ Ethan Frome & Summer ✯ Edith Wharton – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk This edition presents Wharton's two most controversial stories which she considered inseparable in one volume for the first time Set in frigid New England both deal with sexual awakening and appetite This edition presents Wharton's two most controversial stories which she considered inseparable in one volume for the first time Set in frigid New England both deal with sexual awakening and appetite and their devastating conseuences This text includes newly commissioned notes.


10 thoughts on “Ethan Frome & Summer

  1. Morgan Morgan says:

    This book contains Edith Wharton's short novels Ethan Frome and Summer with notes and commentariesI was a little disappointed with this one because I really liked Age of Innocence Ethan Frome was a better story than Summer I thought too Found Summer a little slow I still like Wharton's writing thoughWharton is well known for her writings about NYC than New England Both of these stories are in Massachusetts so it makes sense why this edition puts them together I like how descriptive she is of MA Even though I live in New England I still prefer her NYC novels I guess


  2. LG LG says:

    If you’ve heard of Wharton you probably recognize Ethan Frome published in 1911 and still her best known novel The companion piece is not nearly as famous but I can see why they belong together Although not set in upper crust New York like most of Wharton’s fiction both short novels offer just as fascinating an insight into the young lover’s hot blooded struggle against polite society Presenting the stories in chronological order this edition offers an euivalent to a whole House of Mirth or Age of Innocence Just don’t read Elizabeth Strout’s introduction first which gives everything awayEthan’s story is touching in its simplicity New England in winter the biting frost the colder marriage and crushing despair were all rendered beautifully in the 1993 movie starring Liam Neeson superbly cast as the tragic hero Update Hmm I may have allowed to Hollywood dictate my interpretation of Ethan Reading Wharton’s crystalline sentences the cinematic images replayed in my head and every bit of foreshadowing stood out like black spruces in the snow adding to the constant pang of knowing it can only end badly for everyoneBy her own admission though the author grew tired of the novel’s acclaim – understandable considering she went on to produce a total of some 60 works including poetry short stories essays on writing and books on war travel and architecture Still Ethan continues to appeal Could it partly be that no matter how poetically logical the ending the hero’s characters’ plight feels like the reader can still do something about it? Maybe that’s the ultimate effect of the narrator whom Wharton thought about a great deal before deciding he would tell Ethan’s story The framing chapters emphasize how many years have gone by but as one critic has said it also gets in the way of the plot events’ realness We don’t so much have a visceral reaction as that “formal feeling” Emily Dickinson wrote aboutMaybe it’s why in 1917 Wharton gave Ethan a fellow sufferer in Charity Royall the heroine of Summer Everything Ethan was and did Charity isn’t and will not – let’s just say her name belies her outlook Yet she is every bit as trapped as he was which makes her as compelling a character Even her situation is as complicated as his was straightforward she lives with Mr Royall the lawyer who “brought her down from the Mountain” when she was a little girl and his wife was still alive She has his last name but isn’t his daughter; she had a chance to enroll in boarding school but declined because her widowed guardian would be lonely Now 17 she hates everything including her lonely widowed guardianIf Charity is Ethan’s counterpart and Mr Royall is her Zeena then the Mattie of Summer is Lucius Harney a fervent young architect from the city The novel is as brief but the plot wends and turns like the landscape around its small town setting The characters too are substantial especially the ostensible antagonist This creates an even wretched conflict among them even though the atmosphere is all sun warmed pastures and autumnal sparkle Summer gives us seasonal imagery at its bestBecause I didn’t know anything about the novel its ending surprised me and felt abrupt at first But now that I think about it Charity’s story not only complements Ethan’s but ultimately completes it Reading both offers a thrilling study in contrasts and a rare glimpse of how an author continues to grow sharpening her powers of perception and honing her craft


  3. Robert Sheard Robert Sheard says:

    Edith Wharton is known primarily for her novels of manners skewering the New York City aristocracy The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence Ethan Frome is a departure in subject material focusing instead on a western Massachusetts mountain town and its poor farming residents But it’s still vintage Wharton in her use of language structure and ironyEthan is a young man from the fictional town of Starkfield–a symbolic name if ever one existed He escapes the town to go to college and has dreams of becoming an engineer and living in a city But then his father dies suddenly and his mother becomes seriously ill So Ethan’s forced to give up his dream and return to the family farmAfter Ethan’s mother dies he marries her caregiver Zeena Almost immediately it’s clear that the marriage is a dreadful idea Zeena turns into a hypochondriac Ethan is trapped and their future together is bleak Then Mattie Silver arrives Mattie is Zeena’s cousin come to help Zeena around the house She’s young charming and beautiful She and Ethan uickly fall in love Mattie represents hope of a better life for Ethan butThe novel is narrated by an outsider an engineer working temporarily in Starkfield He’s stuck there over the winter and meets Ethan Frome by chance ending up a guest in Ethan’s house one evening when they’re snowed in We learn it’s 24 years since “the smash up” The novel is the narrator’s discovery about the story of Ethan’s relationship with Zeena and Mattie before the smash up and then a brief snapshot of their life sinceWharton is exploring the idea of lives wasted and the tragedy for all three characters of being trapped into social economic and familial circumstances that are often beyond their control The novel is filled with irony and Wharton’s typical satire And having it narrated through flashbacks by an outsider adds layers of ambiguity that make this brief novel an intriguing read It makes me want to reread her other novels now


  4. Valeri Drach Valeri Drach says:

    Ethan and Charity Edith Wharton’s two main characters in these two novellas have brief windows of happiness Both come in the form of love and both relationships evaporate uickly with social restraints Edith Wharton herself was forced in to a marriage at the age of 23 because in the eyes of her family and societyto do anything else would have made her an old maid In these two novellas Ethan Frome and Summer she turns her eyes to the Berkshires to people stuck in a working class New England towns where there was little chance for escape or education to feed the imagination What Edith Wharton had which her characters in these two stories lacked was the means and talent to escape Although she never married the man of her dreams she had an affair that sustained her although he was less than a virtuous man She also befriended the love of her life her soulmate and remained so for the rest of their lives He helped and edited her writing and Henry James was also a traveling companion and mentor She gave much of herself to helping England during World War l and continued writing her sharp witty accounts of greed social class and the plight of women These two novellas are wonderful as well as heartbreaking But always spot on


  5. Janet Janet says:

    This is a story about Charity a young woman in a small New England village who becomes attracted to a “city man” With vast socioeconomic differences their ensuing romance doesn’t seem to have a futureThis is a story about place Where the characters come from or what opportunities are available to them or not available help to shape and determine their existence Wharton paints an unsparing picture of life in a small town Harsh especially for the womenThis review only covers the novella Summer and not Ethan Frome which is widely read and dealt with on many GR pages


  6. Karen Karen says:

    This book contains two novellas about unreuited love One Ethan From takes place in the Winter and tackles the icy factor of a loveless marriage while pining for another The second Summer takes place obviously in the Summer and is decidedly sultry although still about a loveless marriage and sacrifice and compromise


  7. Kerry Kerry says:

    The five stars are for Ethan Frome such a beautifully written story and with an incredible sense of place I loved it I also read the second novella in the book Summer to which I would give four stars I enjoyed it very much but its emotional impact was less and I feel sure it won't stay in my head the same way as Ethan will


  8. Lisa Lisa says:

    Reviewing these two one at a time here are my thoughts about Ethan Frome followed by SummerThe Constable Edith Wharton edition that I've just read contains both Ethan Frome and Summer but I am reviewing them separately because whether or not Edith Wharton considered them 'inseparable' as claimed in the default description at Goodreads they were published six years apart in 1911 and 1917 respectively; one is a short story and the other is a novella; and I read them separately too with other books in between Both are included in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die along with The House of Mirth 1905 Bunner Sisters 1916 The Age of Innocence 1920 which won the Pulitzer Prize and Glimpses of the Moon 1922 see my reviewThe Reef however isn't included in 1001 Books and I wasn't surprised to find that in the Introduction to this edition Michael Millgate says that although Henry James admired it no doubt because it is the most Jamesian of Wharton's works later critics have commonly been less certain of the uality of The Reef It seems they have the same reservations as I do that the exploration of the central situation only succeeds in inflating it beyond all reasonable proportion ie Anna Leath making a mountain out of a premarital molehill but see my review for how I came round to the view that the novel is really about trust not sexual proprietyMichael Millgate's Introduction to this edition of Ethan Frome and Summer really is excellent Written for this 1965 edition it predates a biography of Wharton so its 23 pages include biographical details about her childhood her unfortunate marriage and divorce her life in France including her war service and a good discussion of not only Ethan Frome and Summer but also her other works as well Speculating before the availability of her private papers in the Yale Library which were embargoed till 1968 he writesIt is a familiar and curious point of speculation whether the inadeuacy in one way or another of the men in Edith Wharton's life can be said to have influenced the presentation of her fictional heroes Certainly the heroes are all in the final analysis less than heroic unable to confront with sufficient strength or resolution the demands of the situations in which they find themselves incapable of meeting the needs of the women who depend on them Introduction p 15Well presumably there is an authoritative bio by now and perhaps someone who's read it can answer that uestionAnywayEthan Frome is as 1001 Books says about sexual frustration and moral despair Like Summer it's set in a turn of the century New England farming community or what we might less charitably call the backblocks ie impoverished rural communities characterised by limited opportunity and populated by people with little education or wider experience of the world The reader is introduced to Ethan Frome in the Prologue by an un named stranger to the town whose compassionate gaze reveals Ethan to be aged beyond his years and crippled since a 'smash up' This narrator alerting us to the small canvas of the township learns the story from various informants though most of the dwellers in Starkfield as in notable communities had had troubles of their own to make them comparatively indifferent to those of their neighbours Wharton makes it clear from the outset that this is no romanticised pioneer community; although nearly all the characters are long term residents born and bred there social isolation adds profound loneliness to the troubles of these peopleTo read the rest of my review of Ethan Frome please visit Summer fits nicely into Novellas in November and I'll be adding it to my Twitter feed with #NovNovAs the excellent Introduction by Michael Millgate tells us Summer and Ethan Frome are both set in the moribund back blocks of New England apparently part of Edith Wharton's purpose deliberately to challenge the established literary image of the New England countryside and he uotes from her autobiography A Backward GlanceFor years I had wanted to draw life as it really was in the derelict mountain villages of New England a life even in my time and a thousandfold a generation earlier utterly unlike that seen through the rose coloured spectacles of my predecessors Mary Wilkins and Sarah Orne Jewett In those days the snow bound villages of Western Massachusetts were still grim places morally and physically insanity incest and slow mental and moral starvation were hidden away behind the paintless wooden house fronts of the long village streets or in the isolated farmhouses on the neighbouring hills; and Emily Brontë would have found as savage tragedies in our remoter valleys as on her Yorkshire moors Introduction p13What Millgate doesn't explain is how the wealthy and fashionable wife of a conventional man came to know this Yes Wharton got her hands dirty in her voluntary work during WW1 but that was literally a world away from the setting of this novella What on earth could she have known about life as it really was? Who living that life was going to tell this rich elegant stranger about it? Was it what's called 'common knowledge'? or not spoken about because it conflicted with America's view of itself? or was it demonising of poor and disadvantaged people what we might call 'othering' today? I couldn't find anything specific about the mountain people of New England but I found in a Wikipedia article about hillbillies that stereotyping of rural Appalachians causes feelings of shame self hatred and detachment as a result of culturally transmitted traumatic stress syndrome and that they are blamed for their own economic hardships because of labelling as moonshiners and welfare cheatsAfter I'd finished my review I found Simon's at Tredynas Days and he says that Wharton set her story in the area similar to the Berkshires where the author had built a house and got to know the locality and its dour rural inhabitants But he also goes on to uestion what kind of 'knowing' that might be characterising it as passing through these places in her large car with Henry James I think many contemporary readers might also feel a bit uneasy about the judgements Wharton passes on these people What kind of 'knowing' takes place when a wealthy woman builds a house presumably insulated from the fading town and its mountain inhabitants by extensive gardens and servants? Did she 'know'? Or did she absorb gossip stereotyping and suspicion at some remove?Whatever about that the central character in Summer is constantly reminded that she is well out of it when brought down from the mountain as a child by the lawyer Royall She is renamed as Charity and she takes his surname but everyone in the town of North Dormer knows about her antecedents than she does and they won't forget it All she knows is that she has been lucky to escape a sordid life among sordid people And as you'd expect in a small town in an era where girls had only two options marriage or spinsterhood her prospects were compromised by her dubious personal historyTwo complications arise as she enters adolescence Lawyer Royall is attracted to Charity and she also attracts the attention of Lucius Harney from out of town To read the rest of my review of Summer please visit


  9. Tifnie Tifnie says:

    Oh my gosh I can't read Summer after having read Ethan frome Not a big fan of Edith WhartonEthan Frome is about a late 20 something man; married burdened failing in his marriage and failing in his farming business In comes Mattie a wayward child of just 20 who captivates his heart Ethan is all in a dither on how to act around her as his wife starts to realize having this young girl in her home is not the best idea When his wife hires another girl to care for her during her failing health and orders Mattie to move out Ethan must face not only how he feels but what he wantsNormally this might prove to be a delicious story however writing a story of a man's feelings by a female author I find to be a bit tricky Often as is the case with this story the male character is delivered like a eunuch I realize that Ethan Frome is about a love you can't have or shouldn't have but I just couldn't bring forth from the pages that fire That yearning you'll die if you can't have it feeling of restricted love I read it and all I could think of was he needed his balls back Pass


  10. Pat Pat says:

    These two stories are bundled together as one book which I think makes a lot of sense To me both stories are uite similar In both stories the central character is doomed to live a stark New England life Both characters' lives are restricted by a conspiracy of social custom wielded by their family members Ethan Frome could never leave his chronically ill wife Zeena because what would everyone else think? Charity cannot leave Mr Royall because where else does she have to go? It does not matter that both Zeena and Mr Royall are some of THE most insufferable characters ever because in the end Ethan and Charity must stay true to themI generally enjoyed these books my only gripe being that for how short they were the stories did not move along swiftyl maybe this is not the book's problem but my own it could be that I am actually getting worse at reading What I really liked about these stories were their prose It really stuck out to me especially in passages describing nature Some of my favoritesFrom Ethan FromeThey drove slowly up the road between fields glistening under the pale sun and then bent to the right down a lane edged with spruce and larch Ahead of them a long way off a range of hills stained by mottlings of black forest flowed away in round white curves against the sky The lane passed into a pine wood with boles reddening in the afternoon sun and delicate blue shadows on the snow As they entered it the breeze fell and a warm stillness seemed to drop from the branches with the dropping needles Here the snow was so pure that the tiny tracks of wood animals had left on it intricate lace like patterns and the bluish cones caught in its surface stood out like ornaments of bronze Page 83From SummerThe nights were cold with a dry glitter of stars so high up that they seemed smaller and vivid Sometimes as Charity lay sleepless on her bed through the long hours she felt as though she were bound to those wheeling fires and swinging with them around the great black vault Pages 208 209Through the small suare of glass in the opposite wall Charity saw a deep funnel of sky so black so remote so palpitating with frosty stars that her very soul seemed to be sucked into it Page 228


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