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House of the Seven Gables (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 To make a short story long . . . 12 septembre 2012
Par Karl Janssen - Publié sur
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Describe. Describe. Describe. When in doubt, heap on the adjective clauses. That's the strategy Nathaniel Hawthorne employs in the writing of his novel The House of the Seven Gables, originally published in 1851.

The opening chapter promises a multi-generational drama with Gothic undertones, like an American Wuthering Heights. Unfortunately, the novel doesn't deliver on that promise. Instead of penning an epic that spans centuries, Hawthorne chooses to focus on minutiae. He revels in the minute description of the titular house--every piece of its furniture, every plant in its garden, every crack in its woodwork. He is equally adept at depicting humanity, in both its exterior appearance and interior psychology. The result, however, is a book populated by vividly drawn characters that don't do much of anything.

The house in question belongs to the Pyncheons, a once prominent, aristocratic New England family whose glory has faded and whose membership has dwindled. Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon, the family's most notable and prosperous surviving constituent, is the absentee landlord of the place. His cousin, the elderly Hepzibah Pyncheon, inhabits the house. She is joined by Phoebe, her beautiful young niece from the country; Holgrave, a photographer who rents one of the gables; and Hepzibah's aged and feeble brother Clifford Pyncheon, who has just been released from prison after a decades-long sentence for murder. Though the story revolves around crimes, both past and present, Hawthorne avoids talking about said crimes as much as possible, instead concentrating on the lives of the four people in the house--their habits, their eccentricities, and their relationships with one another. Hawthorne concentrates so intently on every breath and movement that it takes half a chapter just for a character to walk across a room. The atmosphere is so thick you could cut it with a knife, but it leaves little room for activity. When things finally start happening in chapter 16 (out of 20!), it's too little, too late. Despite the macabre events taking place, the pace is still so slow it could put even James Fenimore Cooper to sleep.

The House of the Seven Gables is a book better quoted than read. You can pluck almost any paragraph from this novel and hold it up as an exemplar of English language prose, beautifully poetic in its descriptive elegance. But the sum total of all these perfect passages is one tedious, disappointing book. There were moments in some of the better chapters when the writing reminded me a bit of Balzac, yet Hawthorne could have learned a thing or two from his French contemporary. Balzac excelled at both atmosphere and action, and could juggle the two expertly. Perhaps that's why his books still feel as fresh, insightful, and entertaining as the day they were written, while Hawthorne's novel seems just as musty and cobwebbed as the house it so intricately depicts.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 You will be tested 2 septembre 2013
Par Lulu - Publié sur
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I know this is considered a classic, and it is.... but for me, it didn't work. I struggled with the writing and struggled to like the characters and struggled to finish it in general. The Scarlet Letter is definitely Mr. Hawthorne's treasure and I am grateful that it was mandatory reading when I was in school. I am also glad that House of Seven Gables was not, I would never have stayed awake to read it. I only recommend it to those truly into this type of classic literature and who can appreciate it and feel badly for those who have to read it for assignment and are not into this type of classic literature. For me, it was truly a test.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A House From Another Time 14 mai 2013
Par Ken Aven - Publié sur
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Obviously, this is a great novel written by one of the most famous American authors. However, the story is cemented in a long away time period in a style of writing that is, to say the least, anachronistic. The vocabulary, the never ending allusions to real life, and the entire setting is hard for one to come to grips with. The story is really quite simple but is puffed up with beautiful meanderings that allow only the most educated in nineteenth century literature, the opportunity to fully understand what Hawthorne is up to.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 should have read it years ago! 18 novembre 2013
Par Lee Sanders - Publié sur
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Afraid of the 'classics' as hard to read and understand, I avoided this book all my life. Now in my 60's, my husband and I visited Salem, MA, and I determined to at least give it a try. I couldn't put it down!

Once I became familiar with the flowery language and extensive descriptions, I marveled at Hawthorn's ability to carry a thread of mystery and underlying pathos throughout the book, as well as thoroughly enjoyed his subtle and not so subtle humor.

A thoroughly enjoyable story!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The House of Secrets 21 octobre 2013
Par DD Gott - Publié sur
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This was for me a unusual read, I enjoyed it but yet at the same time it was a up hill road of twists and turns. Some leading no where. Such a plot! Not too give way the ending but that was the very best part of the whole book. My heart was so wrenched with the family for the troubles they had to go through. The love that was felt by them as a family was the deepest that can be had. It made it all worth it. As a classic this is well worth the read.
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