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Ethan Frome: Literary Touchstone
Edith Wharton's moving tale of illicit passion and unfulfilled longing still resonates with modern readers, especially those struggling with the eternal conflict of desire and responsibility. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ethan must choose between his invalid wife and the captivating cousin who comes to help manage the house. One unguarded moment and a single thoughtless...more
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If you're looking for a book with an ever-increasing level of misery, this one is hard to beat. Try this test the next time you're with a group of your friends: just mention "Ethan Frome" out loud, and see how many of them groan audibly.
spoilers?? what spoilers??
i have changed my stance on the cover. a) initially, i thought that it was showing an altogether different type of activity, and then b) when ariel called it a spoiler, i reinterpreted it to something else and was still wrong, and then c) everything that may potentially be spoiled is pretty much spelled out in the first ten pages. so is that a spoiler, or is that foreshadowing??
what is so excellent about this book is that it is not at all a depressing ...more
Which is clearly none of the thing ...more
An example used in a sentence may be: "John Steinbeck was clearly suffering from a touch of the Frome when he penned The Pe ...more
"You know what I was just thinking about? Ethan Frome."
"GOD. That book is so depressing."
"I know, right."
The book is not only enjoyable, but also a great conversation piece. Do not read it if you cannot stand unhappy endings.
Zeena had sacrificed her life to the man she loved, Ethan Frome. However, he repaid her by having a secret love affair with Zeena’s pennyless and lazy cousin, Matty, to whom Zeena had given a home. She was pretty, and knew when to flutter her eyelashes.
But poor Zeena was ...more
Ethan Frome is remarkable, in probability wrongly, in my mind for its relentless bleakness. This is an American novella, by an American author in which there is no escape. The West is there, but the protagonist can't afford the journey. This an impoverished landscape, the modest hero ploughs an infertile furrow. An ungallant way to refer to a marriage, but there you go, i ...more
I was born and raised in New England, wandering about the wooded, hilly landscapes of Massachusetts, Vahmont, New Hampshah and Maine for much of my youth. The Springs and Summers were green and alive. The Autumns and Winters were dark and dead. So half the year was glorious, good times and the other half you spent desperately trying to survive. Ethan Frome is solidly ...more
(view spoiler)[Ethan Frome vs. Moby-Dick: A Comparison
•Lost his leg in whaling accident
•Spent the rest of his life seeking revenge
•Crippled in sledding accident
•Spent the rest of his life not seeking revenge
Sorry, Ether (may I call you Ether?), but I think Ahab wins this round. (hide spoiler)]
Good news, everyone!
Or rather, good news, everyone who had to read Ethan Frome in high school or college and developed a fanatical hatred of Edith Wharton and all her works ...more
OK, two things were good. The author draws New England landscapes, particularly in winter, beautifully. Secondly, the book was exceedingly short, so my misery wasn't prolonged. I need to joke after reading this sad, dismal, depressing book. Jeez, how can people look at life with such eyes?! Stop griping and do something with your life. It is your own fault if you just sob and moan.
You follow a couple that is ill-fit. The reader has to listen to their arguments. On ...more
Ethan Frome could have been a contemporary of ours. He entered adulthood optimistically -- with a dream ...more
Don't bother reading Ethan Frome. Go sledding instead.
I love creepy stories - ones that slowly start to overwhelm you with that sense that something just ain't right. "Oh dear, this isn't going to go well." The build-up of foreshadowing, i ...more
I just love how she describes the bleak-winter-rural area of New England in "Ethan Frome". The atmosphere ...more
Ethan Frome was not a man that I wanted to like or even feel sorry f ...more
I don't know what it is about Edith Wharton's writing that makes me apathetic to her stories. I think it's a combination of dull characters leading tedious lives, going about in dull settings, and having dull interactions with other characters of equal dullness. An overwhelming sense of dullness was all I could see whenever I had to read ...more
Firstly, reading it, I felt like I'd already heard this story before. This novella about a man who is confined by his social status and unhappy marriage, and unable to realize his desires - be that a different profession or marriage to a different woman - is just all too familiar. Of course, Wharton's writing is as always remarkable, but the story itself is not impressive. Maybe my coldness ...more
I’m going to put this out there, this book really reminds me of a Russian novel; the love triangle reminds me of Doctor Zhivago mainly. Then there is the ...more
Reading the other reviews that are listed here, I'm glad I never got assigned this in school. That apparently ruins the book.
Ethan's easy to judge. He's not perfect, and he blames fate for his situation when he should be blaming himself. Sure, he grew up on the Baltic-Avenue part of the board, and he has to farm, and his wife's a witch and stuff. But nobod ...more
The book is called 'Ethan Frome', but don't let that fool you. He, his wife and wife's cousin are integral to the whole "Shit, I thought my life had its suck-ery, but not as bad as this tres glum hint of being ...more