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The House of the Seven Gables (Classic Collection Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up. Hawthorne's tale about the brooding hold of the past over the present is a complex one, twisting and turning its way back through many generations of a venerable New England family, one of whose members was accused of witchcraft in 17th century Salem. More than 200 years later, we meet the family in its decaying, gabled mansion, still haunted by the presence of dead ancestors: Hepzibah, an elderly gentlewoman fallen on had times; her ineffectual brother, Clifford; and young Phoebe, a country maiden who cheerfully takes it upon herself to care for her two doddering relations. There's also Holgrave, a free-spirited daguerreotypist, who makes a surprising transformation into conventional respectability at the story's end. These people seem to be symbols for Hawthorne's theme more than full-bodied characters in their own right. As such, it can only be difficult for today's young adults to identify with them, especially since they are so caught up in a past that is all but unknown to present day sensibilities. Talented Joan Allen, twice nominated for Academy Awards, reads the tale in a clear, luminous voice. Because she has chosen not to do voices, however, it is sometimes difficult to tell which character is speaking. Still, she is more than equal to the task of handling Hawthorne's stately prose in a presentation that will be a good curriculum support for students of Hawthorne or those seeking special insight into this work of fiction.?Carol Katz, Harrison Library, NY
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Top customer reviews
A MUST read and easily worth 5-stars, but you must bring an appetite for the art of writing, not contemporary action & adventure.
Minimal functionality, no illustrations, no GoTo-linked table of contents. It does support the dictionaries and will display hardcopy page numbers. I found no typo oddities that can crop up in the remaster from paper to digital form. e-Book publication quality, ★★★☆☆.
House of the Seven Gables is principally a study of human nature. Very little happens, but each character is an archetype of honesty or deceit, goodness or evil, kindness or greed. The reader may speculate throughout whether good or evil will prevail.
The novel portrays social mores and conventions, and is populated with amusing minor characters. Hawthorne favors lengthy, descriptive, preachy sentences, with great faith in the reader's patience. Reading some of the sentences is like stepping into quicksand. The reader starts out on solid ground, but sinks into a morass of clauses before struggling up the opposite bank.
A surprise ending awaits the reader who perseveres to the end. I was relieved to finish the entire novel.