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Subject: Has anyone read (or heard of) Ethan Frome?
Date Posted: 9/6/2008 9:20 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/6/2008 9:35 AM ET
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I liked Ethan Frome. It is written by Edith Wharton, pulitizer prize winner for The Age of Innocence.

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 10:09 AM ET
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I loved Ethan Frome. Well worth reading

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 12:55 PM ET
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I had to read Ethan Frome in 10th grade english.  It's actually my least favorite of Wharton's novels; IMO The Age of Innocence and House of Mirth are far better.  But its not bad (though it is a downer) and its pretty short.

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 1:15 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Ethan Fromme.   In fact, I found it was a very "highly readable" classic----and it helped encourage me to read more classics.  They're not all stuffy and boring and hard to read (as is, unfortunately, often reputed).

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 3:37 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/7/2008 12:16 PM ET
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I've read Ethan Frome at least twice; I loved it!  There are several movie versions, but read the book first.  I'd recommend it highly.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 5:49 PM ET
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Heard of, definitely. Read, no. But I'd like to do so, this reminds me.

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 11:56 AM ET
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Good, but very different from her other books

Date Posted: 9/15/2008 9:28 AM ET
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It's Edith's best in my opinion.  Very dark/dreary.

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Date Posted: 9/18/2008 12:25 AM ET
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I read it in high school and wrote a paper on it...and even used that paper as part of a college application that required a graded writing sample.  That was less than ten years ago, but I could not now tell you a single thing about the book.  I don't remember hating it, but I guess it wasn't that memorable for me either.

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 7:22 PM ET
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I read it in high school.  It wasn't my favorite, but I enjoyed analyzing it.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:31 AM ET
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omg, Robin, your mention of analyzing the book reminded me of the most bizarre book discussion we ever had in my 11th grade english class.  My english teacher then saw sexual connotations in everything, and he had a Freudian field-day with the meal that Ethan & Mattie have of pickles and donuts.  I'll admit that I thought it was a strange meal for Edith Wharton to describe, but wow, that class was pretty funny.

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 6:46 PM ET
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I totally love this book!  The romance, the passion, the evil woman!  I used to teach this novel to my 10th graders, but then I switched school districts and now I don't. 

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 8:01 AM ET
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I recently reread Ethan Frome!  What's great about it, aside from Edith Wharton's brilliance at drawing a character in few words, was the brevity of the book.  Just goes to show that a story doesn't have to be long to be classic.

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 12:37 PM ET
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I had to read it in 11th or 12th grade English class. It's got sort of an ironic tragic twist at the end, which I enjoyed. Edith Wharton was a wonderful writer.

Date Posted: 11/24/2008 10:55 PM ET
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Read it in middle school after seeing the 90s movie version. My mom loved it in high school. I'd have to read it again to say for sure of I like it or not.

Date Posted: 11/29/2008 11:54 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/6/2009 1:55 PM ET
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I just reread this book and still love it.  I read it for the first time after seeing the movie version with Liam Neeson.  It's haunting.

Date Posted: 1/10/2009 12:49 PM ET
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Loved Ethan Frome. Wharton usually writes about society manners in New York. This one is a little darker. Kind of disturbing, but it definitely made you stop and think after finishing it.

Had forgotten about the Liam Neeson movie. It was pretty good. DW thought it was depressing--I guess, in a way.