Harold Frederic: the Damnation of Theron Ware

Harold Frederic: the Damnation of Theron Ware

by Harold Frederic
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1452827001

ISBN-13: 2901452827000

Pub. Date: 04/22/2010

Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing

"The Damnation of Theron Ware" starts out as a quietly damning portrait of small-town piety, but slowly gains momentum until, 'til the ending hits like a sledgehammer. The title character, a naive, self-satisfied young Methodist minister, is cautionary figure for us all. Introduced tentatively to a world of sophistication, he loses faith in all the old verities of his

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"The Damnation of Theron Ware" starts out as a quietly damning portrait of small-town piety, but slowly gains momentum until, 'til the ending hits like a sledgehammer. The title character, a naive, self-satisfied young Methodist minister, is cautionary figure for us all. Introduced tentatively to a world of sophistication, he loses faith in all the old verities of his life, without much to replace them. Even at the end, as he tries to make a new start, his self-delusion is breathtaking. Harold Frederic's novel is the painfully realistic story of a preacher who discovers that there is another world outside his previously sheltered existence-a discovery which leads him to reject all the good things about his old life and build fantasy castles in the air of his imagination. In his increasingly desperate attempt to escape into a fantasy life, he leaves behind many of his values and ethical standards, in addition to his responsibilities to those he loves. "The Damnation of Theron Ware" will hit a sensitive nerve for many readers, many of whom will identify with Ware and realize only too late, as Ware did, he had embarked on an illusory and self-destructive quest. Harold Frederick constructed both the plot and the character of Ware perfectly, making "The Damnation of Theron Ware" an exceptional book that readers will mull long after they close the cover. "The Damnation of Theron Ware" should be included as required high school reading along with other great novels such as Moby Dick, The Scarlet Letter, and Huckleberry Fin. Harold Frederic had the misfortune to die at 42, just as he was starting to hit his stride as a novelist. Had he lived to write even another 10 years, he might be a household name today.

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ISBN-13:
2901452827000
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/22/2010
Pages:
252

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