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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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bookshelves: 100-books, purple-prose
Recommended for: Fans of self-flagellation

I'm sorry, I know this is an American classic, but ugh. I couldn't stand it. I like 19th century flowery language when it flows, but this didn't flow at all for me, so that it took about twenty pages each time I picked it up to get into some kind of reading rhythm. And NOTHING HAPPENS. They should use this as an example in writing courses of how not to "show, not tell". I had zero interest in the characters and loathed the narrator and his moralistic, superior tone. I feel so very, very sorry for the generations upon generations of American students who are forced to read this and to churn out essays on exclusion and shame.

TLDR: Turgid and smug.

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Reading Progress

August 5, 2014 – Started Reading
August 5, 2014 – Shelved
August 11, 2014 – Finished Reading

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