The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables

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by Nathaniel Hawthorne
     
 

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The classic book The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Hawthorne wrote The House of the Seven Gables in the year after writing The Scarlet Letter and Hawthorne would later comment that he believed The House of the Seven Gables to be the better of the two books.

So sit back, relax and enjoy Hawthorne's best novel, The House of the…  See more details below

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The classic book The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Hawthorne wrote The House of the Seven Gables in the year after writing The Scarlet Letter and Hawthorne would later comment that he believed The House of the Seven Gables to be the better of the two books.

So sit back, relax and enjoy Hawthorne's best novel, The House of the Seven Gables.

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ISBN-13:
2940014865951
Publisher:
Balster Publishing
Publication date:
08/11/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
257 KB

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The House of the Seven Gables 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
read this book years a go great book, you do no understand the book until you travel there and see the house in real life .. the house is something to see,to see how he lived hundred years ago is some to see. loved the hiding stair case .. they dont build houses and counting house like that any more.. any one who doesnt like the book needs to go see the house ..
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The House of the Seven Gables' is a more difficult but potentially more rewarding book than the more popular 'Scarlet Letter.' In 'The House of the Seven Gables' Hawthorne is, in effect, arguing with himself about man's nature--are we all subject to original sin? He sets the novel inside a mansion that has been cursed from its very beginning because its owner stole part of the house's land from someone who didn't have as much legal influence. Thus cursed, the house became a gloomy haven for a decayed and decadent aristocracy for the following 180 years, roughly 1665-1845. Like the house, are we cursed by original sin, condemned to repeat the patterns of our ancestors? (There are other interpretations of this book; I'm just leading with the most common one.) Hawthorne would best be described as a romantic realist. His narrative style is free of the supernatural but it is rife with symbolism--and often he will interpret the symbolism for you! There is not much 'action' in the conventional sense; a person could describe the goings-on in the book in ten minutes, including flashbacks. The novel's resolution will surprise you--but there still are some fundamental questions that haven't been answered! Hawthorne depends on descriptions for much of his work--e.g., how a particular rose looks on a particular morning, and that ties in with all the symbolism. As was common in Victorian times, sentence length was 2-3 times longer than today, with compound/ complex sentences the norm. If you can read Dickens without difficulty, though, you can read this book too. I'd recommend 'The House of the Seven Gables' for anyone interested in quality American literature, especially the early realist period, for people interested in how the Puritan strain haunted (haunts?) Americans, or indeed just for an interesting tale that is told with very little action, mostly mood and symbolism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book i like to curl up with on the sofa and read with an apple- and i dont give that praise lightly! I luv Hawthorne. Of course, im only on the 5th or 6th chapter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rated it 3only because of the garbled script, what i could read of this book was exelent
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This version has a lot of problems with words being misspelled. It is hard to read!
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Kara Smith More than 1 year ago
Completely agree after seeing the incredible property love this book even more!
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