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Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
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Nov 10, 2008

really liked it
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Why they assign this to highschool students, I'll never know. But it is wonderfully wrought. People get hung up on how bleak it is, which is, of course, the point. This is a great read right after reading Mary Wilkins Freeman, or Sarah Orne Jewett, or any number of authors to come of the 19th C who wrote "local color" or regionalist writing centering in New England. Wharton disdained the rose-colored distortion she felt these authors offered of the harsh reality of life, particularly that of New England. Not a problem in Ethan Frome. Didn't help tourism like other local color novels, that's for sure.

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Emily Larson Hm. I think Edith and will never be tight. This almost makes me want to give it another go...

message 2: by Tarah (last edited Dec 07, 2008 01:33PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tarah You definitely have to read it in a frame of mind... this ain't your momma's New England (er, that doesn't really apply to your North Dakotan roots... but still). I like this book for how bleak and dark it is. It resonates with me in my more pessimistic and misanthropic moments. Hope be damned with a freak sled accident! Now *that's* realism. (Take that happy endings).

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