The Blithedale Romance is an impressive novel due, in a large part, to how well it’s aged for a book that is over a hundred and fifty years old. This can mainly be attributed to the characters, who have are all very relatable for their recognizable strengths, and weaknesses. It is a simple story, but like all good stories, it is told well, and driven by the characters that play off of each other well, it is tragic, and touching, and most importantly, entertaining. Nathaniel Hawthorne was smart to not immediately date this story by focusing on issues of his era (although they are still present, but could happen in this day and age). The Blithedale Romance is also impressive for being early feminist literature, and makes a point to paint women as equal to men, and superior in some regards. The sexism that does appear in parts should be attributed to the cultural attitudes of the time, and how they affect the character that is mostly palgued by these views. I am not used to the type of English this book is written in, but it didn’t take long to adjust, although it was still a little difficult in parts due to the Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tendency to ramble on throughout much of the book (much like this review).