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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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
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.
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
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
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
(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
Don't bother reading Ethan Frome. Go sledding instead.
I just love how she describes the bleak-winter-rural area of New England in "Ethan Frome". The atmosphere ...more
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
Ethan Frome was not a man that I wanted to like or even feel sorry f ...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
I read it again last week. I still liked it, but things had cha ...more
This story was terrible. My AP English class ate it up, but in my opinion, all the charectors are self-centered and think only of themselves. They are incapable of realizing what they are doing to eachother because all they can think of is themselves. Each charector is also extremely weak and lacks self control. Bottom line, This book is not a must read.
Surely you know what this one is about? It often feels like the majority of Goodreads members consists of American teenagers so forgive me for the assumption. I do not believe that the following paragraph is a spoiler as it's pretty much spelled out in the blurb but if you are delicate to these things I ...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
Looking back through some of the reviews of Ethan Frome there appears to be a love/hate divide going on. I LOVED it! Wharton has the most amazing talent to pull me right into her stories as though I am there right with the characters. Starkfield - brilliant name for such a place; it was just that - freezing, barron, snow- ...more