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Ethan Frome (Oxford World's Classics) - Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome (Oxford World's Classics)
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'It was not so much his great height that marked him ...it was the careless powerful look that he had, in spite of a lameness checking each step like the jerk of a chain.' Set against the bleak winter landscape of New England, Ethan Frome tells the story of a poor farmer, lonely and downtrodden,... show more
'It was not so much his great height that marked him ...it was the careless powerful look that he had, in spite of a lameness checking each step like the jerk of a chain.' Set against the bleak winter landscape of New England, Ethan Frome tells the story of a poor farmer, lonely and downtrodden, his wife Zeena, and her cousin, the enchanting Mattie Silver. In the playing out of this short novel's powerful and engrossing drama, Edith Wharton constructed her least characteristic and most celebrated book. In its unyielding and shocking pessimism, its bleak demonstration of tragic waste, it is a masterpiece of psychological and emotional realism. In her introduction the distinguished critic Elaine Showalter discusses the background to the novel's composition and the reasons for its enduring success.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780192834966 (0192834967)
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
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EpicFehlReader
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3.0 Review | Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Set against a bleak New England background, the novel tells of Frome, his ailing wife Zeena and her companion Mattie Silver, superbly delineating the characters of each as they are drawn relentlessly into a deep-rooted domestic struggle.Burdened by poverty and spiritually dulled by a loveless marria...
Jenny's Book Bag
Jenny's Book Bag rated it
3.0 Ethan Frome
I'm not an Edith Wharton fan, but I enjoyed this. Nice ending.
Jenny's Book Bag
Jenny's Book Bag rated it
3.0 Ethan Frome
I'm not an Edith Wharton fan, but I enjoyed this. Nice ending.
Words of a Bibliophile
Words of a Bibliophile rated it
4.0 Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
I thought I knew how this book was going to end — tragically, of course, but I didn't know that Wharton would add an extra punch that hit me sideways and prevented the novel from being a typical tragic love story. At first I was only mildly impressed by the story and the characters, but that unexpec...
shell pebble
shell pebble rated it
4.0
In exquisitely beautiful language, Wharton constructs an austere, desperately sad rural love story. Ethan's aesthetic and ethical sensibilities let in a little light in this dark work.
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