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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Apr 29, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: queens-day-purchases, classics, in-english, read-in-2011
Read from February 10 to 12, 2011

I confess I did not read the book entirely. I gave it an honest chance but found myself disliking it greatly and ended up skimming through the last half. I felt cheated by the summary at the back of my edition and the story as it unfolded was not one I particularly like, so I stopped reading closely. The relevations were surprising however but would probably have made a bigger impact if I'd liked the story and/or the characters better. As it was, the book had very little to offer me, except the occasional fascination for the writing style. Despite the overkill of allegory I actually found myself quite liking it, every now and then.

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Kathryn Interesting response. For some reason, I loved this book when I read it as a young lit major but my teenagers, who had to read it in high school, all abhorred it!

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Ruby Ahaha I was just thinking of the copy we saw with the VERY UGLY man/woman we saw when we were in Arnhem, do you remember?

Sandra I can see why people would like it, but it just wasn't for me. I didn't like reading about the Puritan society so I guess that's what ultimately ruined a large part of the book for me. At the same time it is vastly interesting and I can definitely see the literary interest the book can spark in some people.. I just didn't enjoy it very much.

Sandra I certainly remember that edition *lol* I had to think about that too! There were like 3 copies in that Slegte, do you remember? I understand a bit better now why that was. :P

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