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The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Dec 31, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: sentimental-faves
Read in January, 1982

Flat out my favorite Hawthorne, though I end up teaching THE SCARLET LETTER a lot more. This is probably his one work that feels very contemporary, what with the commune setting and the very relevant gender dynamics. The characters are at once stock figures and yet somehow deeply real: Miles, the proto-Nick Carraway; Priscilla, the "light" girl; the monomaniacal Hollingsworth; and, of course, Zenobia, the "dark" woman and ambiguous symbol of feminism. Part of what makes this one fun is that you can debate the actions of these people in ways you really can't with SCARLET or SEVEN GABLES.
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Thomas Walsh Nice recommendatio, Kirk! I read this as part of my one (and only) English Graduate course on The American Renaissance." There is a wealth of material out of Brook Farm. Tom

Kirk Thanks, Tom. For some reason it's just the one I connect with the most. It feels very modern to me---as opposed to those old wrinkly Puritans!

Hope you're having a Nice New Year's!


Carl Elegant prose as well. I am surprised how much I like it

David Fiore Flat out my favourite novel.

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