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My Kinsman Major Molineux

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THIS 34 PAGE ARTICLE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE BOOK: The Garden of Romance, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. To purchase the entire book, please order ISBN 0766148335.

Paperback, 48 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1831)
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Dec 19, 2015 Venky rated it liked it
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A haunting short story by one of the most enduring writers to have ever picked up a pen. Young Robin arrives by ferry at the banks of a sleepy town harbouring an expectation of some sort of employ with a more prosperous kinsman of his, Major Molineux. But upon inquiring the whereabouts of his kin, Robin is stupefied to be met with an assortment of strong rebukes, incomprehensible mirth and satirical comments. What has Major Molineux done to warrant such a strong reaction? Most importantly where ...more
Richard F. Schiller
A brief and interesting short story of allegory. The Old World Brits are succeeded by the New World Americans.
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Oct 06, 2015 Kira Brighton rated it really liked it
Very Hawthorney. I'm a Hawthorne fan. What can I say?

*Read for school senior year college*
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Feb 16, 2016 Allison Riehl rated it liked it
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An interesting commentary on violence and what one thinks one knows.
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Apr 16, 2014 Rebecca Lentz rated it really liked it
Never quite understood this tale, although it was creepy!
I like Hawthorne, really. I've written papers on Hawthorne, read several shorts stories and biographies. But there's always one piece in an author's library that makes you shrug your shoulders and go 'eh.'

"My Kinsman, Major Molineux," was eh... I could see the plot behind it and the purpose, but it was otherwise unremarkable.
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Jun 20, 2013 Widad Zawaneh rated it really liked it
How is really Hawthorne a genius by using Robin and Major as symbols for the political conflict between America and Britain which was taken place that time in America .. The most quotation I loved is " you may rise in the world without the help of your kinsman , Major Molineux "
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Apr 27, 2008 Teresa rated it really liked it
Short story of a young man's coming-of-age (over the course of one night), set right before the American Revolution. Hawthorne had a way of making any topic haunting with his wonderful use of imagery.
Mar 19, 2013 Camila rated it liked it
I liked it. Not of my particular taste but entretaining. A bit predictable. A good example of an initiation story (coming of age), with interesting descriptions.
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Poor Robin, I bet he was the entire evening thinking WTF is wrong with everybody hahaha.
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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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