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The Blithedale Romance [Kindle Edition]

Nathaniel Hawthorne
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082XOCEM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,620 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to The House of the Seven Gables ... 13 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not quite up to The House of the Seven Gables, or the Scarlet Letter, but most enjoyable all the same. The ending isn't up to the rest of the novel. A bit of a let down there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Many Warm Feelings Gleaned 19 Dec. 2012
By David Milliern - Published on
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[Review of Kindle version]: Just to give a general heads-up, unlike many of the free Kindle editions of classic texts, this one is fine. There are only a couple of mistakes in the text, and none that made a headache of reading this edition.

[Review of book]: Before reading the book, I had read reviews that this book feels "mechanical" in its writing. I really didn't get this at all. It may have been that I was too enthralled in the lovely story to notice any rigidity in the writing. The book's storyline is a delight, but ends in an unsettling way. I found myself wrapped up in the romantic, misty mirth of the story, which was offset by a number of the gothic tropes. I cannot express the enjoyment I got out of reading this book, much more so than I remember ever having in reading "The Scarlet Letter." In my opinion, this book is one of those literary gems that many might not hear about, because of being overshadowed by an author's magnum opus. Reading this was a pleasant surprise, and is one of the rare books I can see myself revisiting on a yearly basis, which is an appreciable statement given the length of my reading list.

If you like romantic (in the sense of ideals) stories, are interested in utopian visions, or wish to understand the modern "dystopian-turn" in the literary landscape, this is a book I would recommend.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow, wordy, and yet beautiful--in other words: classic Hawthorne 16 Feb. 2013
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Picking up The Blithedale Romance, I was immediately sucked in by Hawthorne's elaborate prose--but after the first three chapters of painfully detailed description, I was ready for him to get on with the story already. As a result, he lost me for a time. I closed the book and set it aside, picking it up more from obligation than from any real drive to finish the story. The characters and dialog are great--they save the book. The overwrought descriptions make the reader want to dig Hawthorne up and beat him with his own shin-bone.
And the big surprise twist at the end? Not a surprise and not very twisty. Just--mnh.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Little Read 23 Jan. 2014
By K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction - Published on
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To put it mildly, Hawthorne can be a bit of a slog. And I was definitely prepared for that with this lesser known work. I was, however, pleasantly surprised. Not only is it a faster paced, less obtuse work than some he's done, it's also a delightfully Gothic mystery and an interesting commentary on philanthropy and utopianism. It's certainly not as memorable as The Scarlet Letter, but it's a nice little read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Literature That Doesn’t Show It’s Age 20 Jun. 2014
By Mr Foss - Published on
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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).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With Hawthorne, how can you go wrong? 10 Jan. 2013
By A. J. Stavsky - Published on
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The book is one of his four great classic novels, and Amazon's price is right. What more can your Kindle ask for? If you're a fan of American Transcendentalist literature, you could not ask for much better. Hawthorne's heroines are mostly better than today's heros...His works cry out to be put on film, but so seldom actually are.
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