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The Ambitious Guest

3.02  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A vicious tempest is raging on a New England mountainside. A young traveler sojourns through the sea of wind and snow, finding refuge in a cottage, cozily nestled in the notch of a hill. The traveler burns with a determination to make his name known to the world. But that will all have to wait until the storm subsides.
Published by Epoia Interactive Studios LLC (first published June 8th 2010)
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Mar 07, 2014 Lily rated it really liked it
This is more of a summary than it is a review :)

This story is centered around a humbled and unified family, who is gathered around a hearth. A strange person who will be known as " The Ambitious Guest" makes his appearance and is welcomed with so much warmth from all the family.

We can see that although they live in a very cold and isolated place, the family is always happy and thankful. such a contrast between the reality of the harsh outside and the cozy inside.

Throughout the story we learn bit
Arezu Wishka
Oct 14, 2012 Arezu Wishka rated it it was ok
I was kind of disappointed when the short story didnt end up well and with a good point.they were just talking and some thing bad happened as the writer was kept saying it during the first pages of story and then it happened and done.
I didnt find it a smart short story.what ever the writer wanted to say it could be written much better than this .
Oct 27, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing
To not be remembered in death are the ultimate fears of the characters in "The Ambitious Guest." Hawthorne makes use of nature and humanly requests to show the disparity's between people and the earth.
Leah Markum
Colorful words, benign characters, and a warm ambiance...

That would have earned two stars. Nothing memorable. Doesn't deliver a message.

Then the end, haha! Memorable, ironic, and sends a message with the contrast of the content, perhaps mundane, local family and the ambitious traveler.
Apr 26, 2016 Arwaraheem rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-story
I think of another end < Strange and mysterious end i don't love it ..

I can't rate with two and half stars so I choose two ...
Maryam Samiei
Nov 12, 2014 Maryam Samiei rated it liked it
while I was going through this short story I couldn't think of that meticulous end. I lived in that warm cottage for a while and loved it:)
Keelynn Hardy
Jul 19, 2016 Keelynn Hardy rated it it was ok
I have arranged my thoughts on this short story into a haiku:

"The joy of planning--
Rocks fall. Everybody dies.
Nothing is assured."
Jul 19, 2012 Latie rated it it was ok
This reading was rather anti-climactic and did not seem to serve a higher purpose. The short story’s only merit were some lovely prose.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation's colonial history.

Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828. In 1837, he published Twice-Told T
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