Tarah's Reviews > Ethan Frome
Nov 10, 2008
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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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