Which is clearly none of the thing...more
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
(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
I will also say that I found Ethan and Mattie's attemp...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.
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.
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
Maybe it was because of the audio, but I really listened to Ethan this time, and all the whiny reasons he finds himself on an unp...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 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
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.
Rude version with spoilers and cursing: (view spoiler)[Wah, wah, wah! I cheated on my wife with her cousin and now she's shitty a...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
I just love how she describes the bleak-winter-rural area of New England in "Ethan Frome". The atmosphere...more
She pronounced the word married as if her voice caressed it. It seemed a rustling covert leading to enchanted glades.As I have professed being non-romantic, why is it I keep finding myself drawn to such delicious quotes?
In any case, Ethan Frome - the man - is a tragic character to whom I am drawn. He wanted more of life. I wanted more for him. The first chapter...more
Let me tell you something. While I have no professional training in education, I can say this with absolute certainty: the way to teach teenagers literature is not - I repeat, NOT - to force them to memorize it.
This book does have a small place in my hea...more
Don't bother reading Ethan Frome. Go sledding instead.
Ethan Frome is a psychological ride as you view the life of Ethan Frome through the narrator's eyes. The narrator also shares what he has learned from the other characters who knew Ethan Frome personally. No one seems to know exactly what happened on that fateful day though. The story starts out in cold, snowy Starkfield, Massuchusetts with the narrator describing Frome. Wharton writes, " Even then he was the most striking figure in Starkfield, though he was but a ruin of a man." (pg.1) Frome ca...more
If I were to subtitle Ethan Frome it could read something like: 'or why not to marry a hypochondriac wife and then allow a young attractive girl to board at your house.' Of course I suspect the subtitle would be rather long, be impra...more