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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Sep 19, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: american-literature
Read 5 times. Last read September 17, 2010.

This is the fifth time I have read The Scarlet Letter. It has held up as a masterpiece with every reading, from the time I read it as a 12-year-old girl until now, when I am reading it as a homeschooling mother with my two oldest daughters. The themes of adultery, sin, repentance, redemption are presented in a powerfully complex way with no easy answers and much for the Christian to ponder. Hawthorne also imbues it with an epic fatalism that seems to hurl all the characters toward an inevitable Greek-like tragic ending. I admire that quality and find that it keeps me riveted, giving me a profound catharsis even though I have read it four times before.

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