The House of the Seven Gables: A Romance

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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 finally exorcised by love.

A cartoon version of the misfortunes that plague a prominent New England family because of greed and a two-hundred-year-old curse.

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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 finally exorcised by love.

A cartoon version of the misfortunes that plague a prominent New England family because of greed and a two-hundred-year-old curse.

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Gr 9 UpHawthorne's tale about the brooding hold of the past over the present is a complex one, twisting and turning its way back through many generations of a venerable New England family, one of whose members was accused of witchcraft in 17th century Salem. More than 200 years later, we meet the family in its decaying, gabled mansion, still haunted by the presence of dead ancestors: Hepzibah, an elderly gentlewoman fallen on had times; her ineffectual brother, Clifford; and young Phoebe, a country maiden who cheerfully takes it upon herself to care for her two doddering relations. There's also Holgrave, a free-spirited daguerreotypist, who makes a surprising transformation into conventional respectability at the story's end. These people seem to be symbols for Hawthorne's theme more than full-bodied characters in their own right. As such, it can only be difficult for today's young adults to identify with them, especially since they are so caught up in a past that is all but unknown to present day sensibilities. Talented Joan Allen, twice nominated for Academy Awards, reads the tale in a clear, luminous voice. Because she has chosen not to do voices, however, it is sometimes difficult to tell which character is speaking. Still, she is more than equal to the task of handling Hawthorne's stately prose in a presentation that will be a good curriculum support for students of Hawthorne or those seeking special insight into this work of fiction.Carol Katz, Harrison Library, NY
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  • ISBN-13: 9780030844201
  • Publisher: Holt McDougal
  • Publication date: 1/1/1970
  • Pages: 280

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2010

    go see the real house you will understand the book

    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 ..

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001

    Original Sin and Victoriana

    '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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Not a good version

    This version has a lot of problems with words being misspelled. It is hard to read!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Guthix

    Hello

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Loved it

    Loved it ! Dont know why you people dont


    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Could have been a 5

    Rated it 3only because of the garbled script, what i could read of this book was exelent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Ash2

    *find not side

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Ab2

    Smart ass. And do me a favour, go to AshClan and post to Dragonstar "Shadowkissed was there too. Myntlight if you recall was the rp at the time" or something along those lines please.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Clockwork

    Vrality, Zinth, and Saya, right?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Ash

    XD i wish you well

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Ab

    Ya, ya and ya.. yup. Got it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Hawthorne huh? Well how a about...HOTCORN!

    Get it lol

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Chelsi

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Well then

    Dude on the cover is totally freaky.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Liyla here

    Luv it!!!! I luv u nathaniel lol!!! XD

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    This book... is great!

    He is a great author, and his book is amazing! I have to read it for English, and I'm already in love with it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Hi.

    Should i buy this?

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    awsome

    Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Fad*Fabulous

    Are you guys using this as a chat room.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Ligan

    Tet.

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