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The House of the Seven Gables (Enriched Classics) Mass Market Paperback – Deluxe Edition, June 19, 2007
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In "The House of the Seven Gables," the author tells his reader the story is a romance. What he means by this terminology is not a cheap paperback that involves swooning hearts with Fabio on the cover, but "a legend prolonging itself, from an epoch now gray in the distance, down into our own broad daylight." Hawthorne's specific goal is to show that the bad behavior of one generation devolves on future descendents.Read more ›
As for no plot, you have to keep in mind that Hawthorne still looks to the old tradition (not to mention his guilt of his heritage), so he uses his writing as a way to teach moral lessons, not necessarily to describe a highly detailed story and plot.
Finally, I can't deny that there is plenty of narrative description, but most of it serves a great purpose, and for the parts that you think do not belong, just read and enjoy them for their poetic beauty and technical merit.
Hawthorne is a fantastic writer, but to acknowledge this, the reader must not take his work out of its context.
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This book is really about date: how the crime of one Pyncheon, a puritan, who accusess an innocen man of murder so as to gain the land on which the house of the srven gables is... Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Classics Lover
Read it so long ago….know I liked it a lot but do not remember specifics.Published 1 day ago by Book club betty
Moments of beautiful writing and a decent plot, but it was tedious at times wading through the wordiness. Hawthorne's short stories are much more engaging.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
What a great book! Amusing, dark, interesting story written in an absolutely charming style. I remember reading "The Scarlet Letter" and enjoying it but I can completely... Read morePublished 19 days ago by J. G. Meehan
This is a great book. It is Hawthorne at his best. I've been a fan of The Scarlet Letter for years but had not read Seven Gables. I'm glad I finally did so. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ronald D. Johnson
It's a classic story. I liked it the first time I read it and I was fascinated by the storyline this second time around.Published 1 month ago by Gia