- Series: Dover Thrift Editions
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 60662nd edition (July 15, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 048642684X
- ISBN-13: 978-0486426846
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Blithedale Romance (Dover Thrift Editions) 60662nd Edition
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[Review of book]: Before reading the book, I had read reviews that this book feels "mechanical" in its writing. I really didn't get this at all. It may have been that I was too enthralled in the lovely story to notice any rigidity in the writing. The book's storyline is a delight, but ends in an unsettling way. I found myself wrapped up in the romantic, misty mirth of the story, which was offset by a number of the gothic tropes. I cannot express the enjoyment I got out of reading this book, much more so than I remember ever having in reading "The Scarlet Letter." In my opinion, this book is one of those literary gems that many might not hear about, because of being overshadowed by an author's magnum opus. Reading this was a pleasant surprise, and is one of the rare books I can see myself revisiting on a yearly basis, which is an appreciable statement given the length of my reading list.
If you like romantic (in the sense of ideals) stories, are interested in utopian visions, or wish to understand the modern "dystopian-turn" in the literary landscape, this is a book I would recommend.
The pace was too slow, there were too many digressions, and I struggled to pick up on the novels main themes and concerns. The characters were not engaging, and the tensions between characters were insufficiently developed. There were glimpses of the writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, who was so piercingly perceptive in The Scarlet Letter, but not enough to sustain my interest. I looked up on the Internet the background of this novel, and it is apparently loosely based on aspects of Hawthorne's own romantic life. Sadly, that did not create the intensity often found in autobiographical threads. This is not a book I would reread.
And the big surprise twist at the end? Not a surprise and not very twisty. Just--mnh.