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A delight! A classic that should be better known
on 13 February 2012
What a gem! I found this when browsing to stock up my new Kindle, and despite being fairly well read had never come across it before.
The central character Ethan Frome is the classic strong silent hero, who endures a suffocating existence with his bitter, hypochondriac (and probably seriously depressed) wife in their isolated home. When his wife's young cousin comes to live with them to help out she is a breath of fresh air, and Ethan falls desperately in love with her. The novel is written in flashback, so that you read with a sense of impending doom and hopelessness, adding a poignant edge to the developing relationship between Ethan and Mattie.
This is a lovely book, sensitively written in a vivid, lively style (to me it reads like a contemporary novel). I read it In just two sittings, wished it was longer, and will definitely be reading more Wharton.