The House Of The Seven Gables

The House Of The Seven Gables

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by Nathaniel Hawthorne
     
 

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One hundred years after inheriting a seven-gabled house with a dark and cursed past, Clifford and Hepzibah are old and nearly destitute. Descendants of the cursed Colonel Pyncheon, they have resorted to taking in boarders and running a struggling cent store to support themselves. When a distant relative, untouched by Colonel Pyncheon’s curse, moves into the

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One hundred years after inheriting a seven-gabled house with a dark and cursed past, Clifford and Hepzibah are old and nearly destitute. Descendants of the cursed Colonel Pyncheon, they have resorted to taking in boarders and running a struggling cent store to support themselves. When a distant relative, untouched by Colonel Pyncheon’s curse, moves into the gabled house and takes over the cent store, her charm and disposition brings success to the shop and the Pyncheons’ situation improves. But it soon becomes clear the bad luck surrounding the house is not easily overcome.

The House of the Seven Gables was inspired by the gabled home of Hawthorne’s cousin, and his own family’s involvement in the Salem Witch Trials. The novel, claimed by Hawthorne to be a romance, has been re-categorized, controversially, several times as gothic horror, fiction, thriller, supernatural, and even fantasy. It has been adapted for the screen several times, and inspired H. P. Lovecraft’s work in horror fiction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781443432863
Publisher:
HarperCollins Canada
Publication date:
01/28/2014
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
819,632
File size:
543 KB

Meet the Author

Born in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne is known for his historical tales and novels about American colonial society. After publishing The Scarlet Letter in 1850, its status as an instant bestseller allowed him to earn a living as a novelist. Full of dark romanticism, psychological complexity, symbolism, and cautionary tales, his work is still popular today. He has earned a place in history as one of the most distinguished American writers of the nineteenth century.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 4, 1804
Date of Death:
May 19, 1864
Place of Birth:
Salem, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Education:
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

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The House of the Seven Gables 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Heloise More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great and did give off certain eerie vibes. It's true that there were many passages that were long, but if truly taken in they were filled with such depth that would truly make us question our own morals and way of thinking. I would recommend this book to not just any extreme literature buff, but to anyone looking to engross themselves in history and who dare to look into their own hearts and break the binds of society.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hawthorne combines 3 centuries of American history and 2 families misfortune in one of the greatest novels ever written by one of the greatest American writers ever known. If you like history, mystery, irony and think for yourself you will love this book.
Anthy More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Hawthorne after reading The Scarlet Letter in high school, so I decided to check out this book. I must say, I love it. You definitely do need an understanding of the time period to tolerate the writing as has been said by other reviewers. I don't mind his long-winded descriptions at all, and I think a lot of people that complain about it just don't know how to read anything that isn't modern. Anyways, great story, and it made me that much more excited when I actually got to travel and see the real house. Must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before you read the House of 7 Gables, fly to Salem and go to the actual house! Seeing the house and walking down the dark corridors while smelling the musty, old odor of the home makes reading the book 150 times easier and better. The book follows a family and a house for about 300 years. The majority of the book is focused on the last (?) generation, but it begins with the acquiring of the land and the building of the house. The Wealthy Colonel Pyncheon covets the carpenter Mathew Maule¿s land. A few years later during the witch hysteria in Salem Matthew Maule is brought before a judge on witchcraft charges. Maule is sentenced to death by hanging. Before he was hung, Maule curses the Pyncheon family. The Colonel is undaunted and continues to buy the land and build an extravagant house on Maule¿s property. When the house is finished and the Colonel throws a huge house warming party. Just before the party started the Colonel was found dead and a deed to a large amount of property is missing. Generations search in vain for that piece of parchment. Hawthorne then fast forwards to the current Generation. You meet Hephzibah Pyncheon; an old maid who is one of the last Pyncheon¿s and lives in the old mansion. The great fortune is gone and the poor woman is forced to open a store to survive. She is not very good at tending shop and is delighted when her young cousin, phoebe comes into town from the country and helps her with the shop. Later Hephzibah¿s brother Clifford returns from Prison, where he has spent the better part of his life. Phoebe helps bring some sunlight into their dreary lives but their other cousin, Judge Pyncheon drains what the house doesn¿t with his visits. I can¿t say anymore because I¿ll tell you too much and you won¿t need to read the book. Oh one more word of advice make sure you get a good copy with a glossary because many of Hawthorne¿s words were outdated and confusing in his time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This copy is practically illegible, the editing is so bad.
TheNightTide More than 1 year ago
To begin with, while I have not read any of Hawthorne's other works, I do enjoy reading the "classics," which is one of the reasons I decided to read this book. It was approaching Halloween and I was in the mood for a classic horror/ghost story in the old Gothic style of literature. However, after struggling through the book page-by-page and inch-by-inch, I cannot recommend this novel to anyone but the most extreme literature buffs. Where it wasn't boring, it was long winded. Where it wasn't long winded it was repetitive. It wasn't scary at all, and I understand that it has been a while since the book was written, but it just didn't give off any scary vibes at all. The atmosphere was instead just dreary and depressing. And worst of all, by the end, I honestly did not care what happened to any of the characters. I did not feel engaged or empathetic to their plight in the least, and this is perhaps Hawthorne's greatest failure. He failed to get his reader to want to finish his story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the worst book that I've ever attempted to read. It is so boring that reading a text book is more intresting. Hawthorne is way to wordy, I just couldn't get into this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It did last a bit long, and the old English was somewhat hard to follow, but overall was good. It's not, however, Hawthorne's finest. The Scarlet Letter is one of the most amazing books I've ever read, and perhaps that's why I was slightly disappointed with this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This piece of is a gothic romance cloaked in the history of Salem Massachusetts written by prolific Nathaniel Hawthorne whose writings, by chance, are considered by many in literary circles to be required reading because they are considered to be 'classics'. The trouble here is defining 'classic'. I chanced to do this once, just prior to graduating with a BA in literature from a private college of a professor from the literary department and received the much expected and equally disappointing answer 'you just know'. By correlation 'you just know' when a book is a bad read and such is the case here. Slow, methodical and plodding, little of interest takes place within or without the walls of the famed 'House of Seven Gables' that captures a readers interest. This is one books whose pages, much like the doors and windows of the house central to this novel, should remain shut and barred to the outside world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for an english book report and it put me to sleep everytime i started to read it! The author seems to have never ending chapters about absolutely nothing. I don't recommend this novel to anyone who doesn't want to bore themselves to death. Speaking of death that is the only interesting part of the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never in my life found another book with such a slow start that ended in such a delightful read! I gave it a three-star rating but the beginning of the book deserves a two while the second half pushes the upper limits of a four. I originally chose this title to fill a dual purpose: First, we needed an American pre-civil war author, preferably one who wrote a mystery representative of the popular literature of that era. Secondly, I was looking for something that would stretch a student's vocabulary. This book delivered on both objectives, and the touch of romance didn't hurt either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hawthorne, I will admitt, gets a bit caught up in details, but if you can wade through them, it really gives the story a tangible setting, which the reader can feel part of. I was more able to appreciate it when finished because I could look back on it as a whole. If you enjoy the strange subtleties of the Gothic Romance novel, than you should enjoy The House of Seven Gables!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was mistaken in thinking that I was in for a literary treat with this novel. A choppy, misguided story with a ho-hum ending doesn't make for an entertaining read. Don't bother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It seemed mysterious and vague at first, and I realized that it was vague throughout the entire book. Although Hawthorn described scenes in a very intricate way, the story stayed in one scene for almost four pages. Of course, since people back then didn't have television, Hawthorn had to discribe with as much detail as possible the scenery, so that viewers could imagine. The thing he is really creative at is putting you into the scenery. Like a bistandard just whatching the comings and goings of everyday lives. The mystery involved was deep and rather hard to ever figure out. It is never completely revealed, even in the end, but, it does keep you on the edge of your seat. I recommend this to readers of Classic titles.
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