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message 17: by Carly (new)

Carly Svamvour (FaganLady) | 220 comments Well, I wouldn't describe it as a 'nice' book, but it was a page turner.


message 16: by Carly (new)

Carly Svamvour (FaganLady) | 220 comments Ahhh ... I see.

Well, I finished it. A good story - makes you angry and hate certain characters. If a writer can make you feel that way, he's done his job.

I think I'll see if I can get the movie.


message 15: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 211 comments It was sewn onto her clothes and it was beautiful. She was an amazing seamstress.


message 14: by Carly (new)

Carly Svamvour (FaganLady) | 220 comments Only just started listening to this one.

I have a problem ... she 'wore' the letter? Or was it affixed to her person in some way? Burned? Tattoed?

Imagine a culture where they could force you to wear such a thing.


message 13: by Chantell (new)

Chantell  Petrell (ProfoundManifesto) Yeah.. I saw the movie Easy A before I finished The Scarlet Letter and it spoiled a lot of the story for me!!! ;3;


message 12: by Serenity (new)

Serenity | 24 comments I read this in high school as well, and will admit that I sparknotes'd most of it, got an A on the paper, and forgot about it. I found the writing tedious and the story frustrating (and boring). I felt no obligation to read it if I wasn't enjoying it, even if it is a so-called Classic Work Of Literature...I hear the movie (older version) is pretty good though, I might check that out. Also, I saw the movie Easy A, which is a modern day chick-flicky parody of the Scarlet Letter. It was fantastic and hilarious and smart - I really recommend checking it out!


message 11: by Cee (new)

Cee (cee-lakambini) | 39 comments Meg, thanks.

I found the introductory difficult to read too and skimmed through it. Then I backtracked when the letter was mentioned.

Right before I started this story, one of my friends said that The Scarlet Letter is rich in symbolism and I had fun putting meaning into details such as the characters' names and objects of nature. The letter A of course is a very obvious symbol.


message 10: by Meg (new)

Meg (mkop359) Cee - what a beautiful way to look at that.


message 9: by Cee (last edited Jun 07, 2011 03:36PM) (new)

Cee (cee-lakambini) | 39 comments Meg wrote: "I didn't really like the book myself. Found it difficult to get through and probably the only reason I finished so quickly was I had a book on tape to get through instead of normal text. I found it..."

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message 8: by Diana (new)

Diana | 31 comments Meg wrote: "I didn't really like the book myself. Found it difficult to get through and probably the only reason I finished so quickly was I had a book on tape to get through instead of normal text. I found it..."

She was brave to wear the Scarlet Letter, but you are rigth... it shouldn't have influenced her life so much. But still.... those times were different...


message 7: by Meg (new)

Meg (mkop359) I didn't really like the book myself. Found it difficult to get through and probably the only reason I finished so quickly was I had a book on tape to get through instead of normal text. I found it disturbing that someone could be so indoctrinated that they would allow their whole life to be weighed down by one mistake.
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At the end of the book I found myself mildly depressed and in need of some nice light fiction.


message 6: by Lahni (new)

Lahni | 290 comments I liked it better when I read it in High School than I did when I re-read it last year. The language in painfully difficult and flowery. I actually found myself skimming parts. But the story is very powerful and worth the struggle.


message 5: by Deanna (new)

Deanna | 8 comments I started reading a couple nights ago. I haven't gotten very far. I'm still in the introduction part.

One good thing...I haven't had any trouble with insomnia...hehe


message 4: by Allison (last edited Jun 01, 2011 11:11AM) (new)

Allison (sockweasel) | 432 comments I just downloaded this to read on my phone (it's a free download on most smart phone book apps since it's a public domain book- yay!). I'm looking forward to getting started and chatting with you all about it.


message 3: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 211 comments I read this book for the first time when I was a sophomore in high school (10 years ago!) and I have read it at least twice since then. It is one of my favorite "classics". I understand how people can say that it's hard because of the language, but the story itself is just beautiful and disgusting at the same time.


message 2: by Diana (new)

Diana | 31 comments I am curious about what you think about this book... It was hard for me to read it fast, because I found it boring... the long descriptions and such...
But the story was nice in its own way..
What do you all think?


message 1: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (TNBBC) | 8982 comments Mod
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