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The Scarlet Letter Paperback – August 27, 2009
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Grade 9-Up Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel of Puritanism giving rise to twisted gender politics, hypocrisy, and strength of character in the face of public scorn is well realized in this reading by Annie Wauters. She gives individual tone and rhythm to each of the main characters, while keeping the passages of narrative relatively uninflected. While this suits the author's own sometimes dry writing, it means that listeners must get to the second hour before the story truly gets underway. Since this lengthy forepart fits almost entirely onto the first disk, and each chapter is clearly marked as to track number on the packaging, it is possible to simply skip ahead rather than give up what becomes a delightfully lively listening experience once the romance gets going. Because the reading adheres so entirely to the print in spirit as well as in word, this is an excellent choice for students who cannot access print or who would like to accomplish college prep reading while undertaking other activities. Sturdy packaging makes this a shelf ready purchase.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The year is 1640. Hester Prynne is a young widow living in the Puritan settlement of Boston. Two years after her arrival in the New World, she has a child. Who is the father of Hester's strange, elf-like child? Was Hester's husband really lost at sea? Is the minister really a miracle of holiness? Is the misshapen old doctor really an agent of evil? As the line between the real and the imaginary blurs, Hawthorne's dark tale of hidden sin reveals the price that the human heart must pay for secret shame and guilt. --From the Publisher --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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On the other hand, Young Goodman Brown and The Birthmark are excellently told, as those works really needed that level of detail, the former being a mix between fantasy and horror, and the latter involving elements of science fiction.
The plot isn't all that magnetic but the writing brings out many flavours of the puritanical life in Boston around the 17th century. The character development, except perhaps that of Roger Chillingworth, is first rate. Its brash historicity, according to me, is a wonderful thing & matters your learn about the society at the time are very insightful. Since romance underpins the themes of sin, guilt, revenge, & the psychological implications of these primeval human emotions, I'd have to say that the plot is more dramatic than you might expect at times - but this could be an aspect of my own sensibilities than that of the novel.
Its a good work to read, so I'd recommend pressing on with the page long sentences & phrase long words.