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The Scarlet Letter, and the Blithedale Romance

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...years ago, come hither now, and twine thy strength about me! Thy strength, Hester; but let it be guided by the will which God hath granted me! This wretched ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jordan Verhulst
The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a classic American novel that was written decades ago. It is long, excessively wordy, and ultimately, quite boring; at least, that was my opinion of it once I finally finished the last page. While I can respect Nathaniel Hawthorne as a writer, I do not like his work. Those opinions aside, the book’s themes largely revolve around sin, evil, human nature, and the like. The book seems to be written in a preachy sort of way. Its writing is very descripti ...more
Jonathan Brown
Jan 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: worldview
I have just three things to say about this 'classic.'
2.Extremly confusing and hard to read.
3.Filled with as many world-view problems as The Matrix.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay,.... 3rd reading over the course of 35ish years. STILL confused on what to say on how I feel about this book. I thought maturity with age would help with some insight but I am still left with more blanks, more questions, and many of the same questions & thoughts I faced the first 2 times I read it.

Yes, great foreshadowing, great symbolism, strong character, yada, yada, yada. I loved the style of writing though many have problems understanding it but it fits the time period and I loved h
Phi Tam
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book of the classics! There's something about the way Hawthorne writes that just seems so passionate.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, some things change over time & some things don't it seems. Love reading classical literature!
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it

The Scarlett Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne opens with a discovery of a script in a posthouse. The book revolves around the letter A worn by Hester Prynne marking her for her sins of adultery. Because her daughter Pearl was born to a man in which she was not wed, her fellow Puritans viewed her as a sinner.
The majority of the novel is false, save for bits and pieces of "The Custom House,"which is based on Hawthorne working in the that very building of Salem, Massachusetts. Despite that, the disc
Ashwath Kumar
Oct 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
The plot revolves around a woman who must deal with the consequences of her actions, after she has an affair with a reverend. The themes are based on the effects of keeping secrets and of comitting sin. This book is boring at times, during much of the novel not much happens and nothing really interesting happens. The sentences are way too long and detailed, large enough to be a paragraph in their own right. The moments of the book that really matter are the ones with thematic importance, particu ...more
Miss Dee
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read this in high school and again as an adult and I still loved it. Although wordy and sometimes hard to understand, The Scarlett Letters lessons ring true today as much as they did back then. Speaking to a womans place and the unfairness of the blame game when it comes to unwed and pregnant mothers. A good read if this is your ort of thing.
Vasundhara Jha
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
The book goes on and on, in no particular direction. It has a great moral, and a few lines I underlined. Apart from that, there is nothing much to recommend. It is one of those tough-to-read books, dragging on and being a difficult read.
Lauren Lycan
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ap-lit
Major Characters: Hester and Pearl

Themes: appearance vs. reality
Aracely Osorio
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Hester Prynne, Pearl, Chillingworth, Dimmesdale

The Nature of Evil
Identity and Society
Denise EVHS Phan
Was a really good book! Has a lot of life lessons about acceptance and feminism. Would definately recommend.
Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Interesting to re-read (actually listen to CD's) for pleasure after so many years, instead of as a school assignment!
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What is there to not love about Nathaniel Hawthorne? Seriously. So good.
Renee Rice
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
The first part of the book, the custom house, was super boring. Once past that its a pretty interesting book.
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Required reading in HS in 1960. Loved it!
Usman Basith
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Character: Dimmesdale, Hester, and Dr. Chillingsworth
Theme: Sin, social status, and ignorance
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