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New York 1965 Softcover 66 pages. Softcover. Good condition. LITERARY CRITICISM. A critical analysis with biographical notes about the author and synopsis about the plot and the ... characters. (Key Words: Literary Criticism, Edith Wharton, Monarch Notes, Synopsis, Plot, Delineation, Biography, Ethan Frome, Charles Leavitt). Read more Show Less

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  • ISBN-13: 9780671006983
  • Publisher: Macmillan General Reference
  • Publication date: 12/1/1989

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

    Short, sour, and to the point!

    I was very skeptical about reading this at first because I love a happy ending. However, Edith Wharton completely changed that with her stark and simple realism that left you thinking there was no better way to end this story than tragically. I read it in 1 sitting... and I think that's the only way to do it with this story! Even though Ethan's relationship with his wife's cousin is borderline immoral... Wharton is able to manipulate your emotions and actually make you feel compassion for these two lovers. I will read this story over and over!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

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    Tragic, depressing and grim.

    The story takes place in a nineteenth-century New England village. Ethan Frome is married to Zeena. Zeena has a great many problems. One of which is her ailing self. It's not clear if she is truly ill, of if her meanness just makes her so, but she is bedridden to the point of needing a helping hand. Mattie, her cousin, comes to help them out.

    As the three of them spend time together, it's clear that Ethan has fallen hard for Mattie. He secretly catches glimpses of her at the supper table, and finds excuses to be alone with her. Although he hopes that she feels the same way, it's hard to tell as first what Mattie is thinking. However, it's not hard to tell what Zeena is thinking and it's no surprise that she makes it difficult for them in the end.

    My frustration with this book is that there is really no honor to be had when it comes to Ethan. He loves Mattie, but he doesn't really act upon it in a realistic way. He sort of fumbles along and experiences moments of gushing that you'd expect from a young girl, not a grown man. I mentioned the honor part because it's not really out of a sense of honor that he is with his wife. It's as if he doesn't have the energy to live any differently. He puts up with her but I'm not sure why. Certainly not for money, as they are poor farmers and with her medical costs, there is nothing extra to be had.

    I wanted to feel something for Ethan, but I felt nothing. It was like downing a glass of wine and having it go right to your head. I was numb to his plight and I felt no pity for him. The end of the book, as seen through a third-party visitor to the house, has got to be one of the most depressing endings ever.

    Although I didn't love it, there is plenty to discuss.

    On a funny note, when I saw the cover above, I was thinking torrid love affair, a "roll in the hay" so to speak, but when you read the book you realize the cover has nothing to do with what my dirty, smutty mind was thinking. Too bad

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Ethan Frome is a tragic story that will manipulate and twist you

    Ethan Frome is a tragic story that will manipulate and twist your emotions of what a good relationship is. Ethan and his sickly wife, Zeena, live in a bleak New England countryside. Zeena's younger cousin Mattie comes to help Ethan care for Zeena. Eventually, Mattie and Ethan begin to fall in love. All Ethan can do is think about Mattie and try to spend time with her. On one hand, you're inspired and touched by Ethan and Mattie's love and the hope for their future together, but you also feel bad for Zeena. The ending of the story is surprising and full of irony. This is a fast read, an interesting exploration in romance and relationships as we define them, and a tragic love story between even more tragic characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

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    Last week I joined, at the urging of Love at First Book, the Cla

    Last week I joined, at the urging of Love at First Book, the Classics Club. What this means is that I vow to read at least 50 classics in 50 years (see my list here). Because classics come with the stigma of being heavy and daunting, I started out with Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton because it’s short and I’ve never read her. Don’t get me wrong, I love some of the classics (Pride & Prejudice and Tess of the D’Urbervilles are in my top ten favorite books), but it has been a while since I have read one.




    Ethan Frome is a story that pits love against duty, demonstrating that the two are not necessarily the same thing. It is, quite possibly, one of the most depressing stories I have ever read. There wasn’t anything catastrophic, per se, but the quiet desperation of Ethan and Mattie was palpable and it broke my heart. Because the story was published in 1911, I imagine the outcome is very different than what it would be if it were written today. This is not a book with a predictably happy ending, and yet it will draw out your sympathetic side.




    All in all, it was not a bad way to start off the Classics Club.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Lousy copy

    This is a lousy copy, spacing spelling etc is awful. A person and not just a computer is needed to make sure that it looks good and is readable.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

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    Fantastic

    This book touched my heart and had me near tears before I was finished with it. The characters and their developments were astounding and the storyline was wonderful. I read it first in high school, then again a few years later. I could read it over and over and it would never lose its intensity.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2009

    Ughhh

    I had to read this for school, and I did not like it at all. It started out depressing, became even more depressing as the story progressed, and ended in a very depressing way. Throughout the entire story, the only glimmer of hope that Ethan had was cheating on his wife with her cousin; very immoral. Then, that hope was lost too, after the accident, and he was stuck with two sad, whiny, bitter ladies and lived a sad, hopeless life.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014

    Great Classic!

    Maybe you read this in school but it is a must read for the more mature reader as it is very thought provoking and good for discussion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Good

    Very interseting

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Get a pink ipad

    Kiss your hand 3 timeslook under your pillow

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Get a pink ipad

    Kiss your hand3 times post this three times looke under your pillow

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Interesting but irritating....

    This novel did not really interest me until I got towards the middle. I was eager to know how it would end and when I finally did, I was dissapointed. Great story, horrible ending.

    P.S. ... don't read this book if you don't like big words.

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  • Posted October 25, 2012

    Somewhat Interesting, But Very Dull

    Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton was a story about a man who wished to escape the means of his awful town. He falls in love with the one bright soul in the entire place, and no matter how much he loves her, he still feels that he has to keep a moral bond with his actual wife, Zeena, who is a cruel and cold woman. Overall, the storyline is actually quite interesting, but the way that it is explained is just very dull and dreary.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

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    Good Story

    I like to read stories that lean toward a "happy ending" and that's exactly what this one did. It leaned that way. I enjoyed the narrator's perspective Ethan's situation. I plan to re-read it some day after I've recovered from the realism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2009

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    T.Hollis Good Idea, Poorly executed

    Ethan Frome is the story of a man who, following the death of his father, gives up his education and other opportunities to return to the family farm to support his ailing mother. When his mother dies, Ethan, overcome by loneliness, impulsively marries Zeena Pierce, an older cousin who helped nurse his dying mother. Within a year of their marriage, Zeena becomes sick and Ethan must again assume the role of caregiver and give up his dreams of moving to a large town and becoming an engineer. Ethan then meets Mattie, Zeena's Cousin, and falls in love. Mattie is happy and the opposite of Zeena. Ethan can't divorce Zeena because that would be rude and against the time periods values, so Ethan and Mattie come up with a plan that will change thier lives forever.

    Its an ok novel. None of the characters are fun, except Mattie, so the tone is very depressing. The plot was a good idea but poorly executed. Mattie and Ethan should have ended up together, but no Edith Wharton had to make it a sad book. I personally could have finished the book better. Ethan makes me depressed because he is always suffering for other people and overall the book is depressing. Depressing = 5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2008

    fantastic theme, okay book

    Ethan Frome concerns the struggle that all people encounter in their lives - coping with external duties which often times contradict internal desires. That being said, the novel was most definitely not a page turner. Ethan is married to a witch of a wife which is partially to blame for his falling in love with his wife's cousin, Mattie. The novel describes how Ethan passively lives under his self-imposed circumstances. I gave this book three starts because I didn't find much satisfaction with the book because there wasn't enough description of the deep connection between Ethan and Mattie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2008

    Poor Ethan

    One of my favorite stories. Ethan has all my sympathy. It is a well written book that does not have a happy ending for any of the characters. It reads like a true life romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2007

    A Classic Novel of Forbidden Love and Tragedy

    ¿Ethan Frome¿ is the tragic story of a middle aged man. Ethan Frome lives with his pessimistic wife, Zeena, in an old, battered farm in Massachusetts, New England. Ethan struggles finding his will to live, when his wife¿s health detonates and they must hire a girl to work about the house. The girl¿s position is soon filled by Zeena¿s lively cousin, Mattie Silver. Ethan Frome becomes entranced by her sparkling attitude and focuses his life around her. However, he soon forgets his wife, and Zeena doesn¿t like not being the centre of attention¿ I did not like the book as a whole. There was not enough emotion which would have helped me to understand how the book played out better. I only realized that Ethan was in love with Mattie until the very end of the novel. I liked Ethan Frome but I would not recommend it to younger teenagers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    Deeply moving-An American Greek Tragedy

    I love Edith Wharton. She has such a command of words. Her descriptions of the principle charaters make you feel as if you've known them personally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2006

    Winter

    This book was okay, besides the fact that it moved slower than a New England winter. It needed a little more action and suspense, but Edith Wharton writes well. I liked how short it was.

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