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User Review  - vombatiformes - LibraryThing

It took me a really long time to get through this book, but I'm not really sure why. I enjoyed every moment of it and found the writing clever and accessible. I picked it up initially because I ... Read full review

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User Review  - krizia_lazaro - LibraryThing

I was bored to death. It felt like reading a journal, like a case study. Hawthorne really loves his adjectives, a lot of describing and less ACTION! (haha) Where's the ghosts? Where's the so-called ... Read full review

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User Review  - mlbelize - LibraryThing

Synopsis:"Nathaniel Hawthorne's gripping psychological drama concerns the Pyncheon family, a dynasty founded on pious theft, who live for generations under a dead man's curse until their house is ... Read full review

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

I listened to this book but it was a struggle because I really didn't like the narrator's voice. She seemed forced much of the time and it didn't help that the narrative, much of the time, seemed ... Read full review

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User Review  - whomoi - LibraryThing

I feel kind of silly reviewing a literary classic. Obviously, it's a great book. If you're looking for a description, it's a comic/tragic cautionary tale about how wealth corrupts even the most ... Read full review

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User Review  - marsap - LibraryThing

The House of the Seven Gables is a gothic novel, set in the 19th century. We are given the history of the house (built 160 prior to the main story) and the main inhabitants, the Pyncheon family. The ... Read full review

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A tour de force by Hawthorne. It's a novel about Salem MA in the mid-19th century, that is both a realistic novel about the town and society, and also a bit of a ghost story centered around the house of the seven gables (which is a major tourist attraction in Salem today). The central motif is that guilt/consequences for a great crime (which happen to involve the witchcraft trials, a favorite theme of Hawthorne's) may be passed from one generation to the next. There are five major characters (four members of the Pyncheon family which owns the mansion, and a guest in the house who seems to be a stand-in for the author) who are very carefully developed; two more if you count Governor and Alice Pyncheon, long-deceased ancestors who figure in the narrative time and again. There is quite a lot of symbolism, and often what seem to be tangential descriptions or incidents turn out to be important as the narrative progresses. I was somewhat disappointed by the ending, as some key questions appeared to be unanswered; but thinking about it some more, perhaps the crucial "whodunit" actually was resolved by the author in a rather subtle way. 

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User Review  - DromJohn - LibraryThing

Shallow story which approaches "gothic", but layered with high quality vignettes. Each page is a delight even if they don't add up to much of a sum. Read full review

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User Review  - kesser - LibraryThing

I loved this book. Certainly it is wordy, heavy on description and detail, but still beautifully written. Read full review

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User Review  - 50MinuteMermaid - LibraryThing

the American Gothic at its finest. Utterly finest. Read full review


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