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Ethan Frome: Authoritative Text Backgrounds and Contexts Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)
Ethan Frome Authoritative Text Backgrounds and Contexts Criticism - Norton Critical Editions
Author: Edith Wharton, Kristin O. Lauer, Cynthia Griffin Wolff
`I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.' Who is this strange man Ethan Frome? What is his dreadful secret? . . . Amidst a bleak New England winter landscape, powerful emotions lead to far-reaching consequences, when Ethan Frome struggles to break free from...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780393966350
ISBN-10: 0393966356
Publication Date: 2/1995
Pages: 1
Rating:
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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2.8 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: W. W. Norton Company
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
This wonderful tale of perception, desire and despair is so much more than just a paltry romance. Wharton illustrates just how much of ourselves we project into what we see and believe about what goes on around us. I've posted and extra copy, I would never get rid of my last one!
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Helpful Score: 4
what an excellent and heart-wrenching tale.
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Helpful Score: 1
This story takes place in the cold, bleak winter farmlands of Massachusetts. Ethan Frome, a poor farmer, has a hard life tending to his land, trying to make a meager living, and also taking care of his ungrateful, demanding, sickly wife, Zeena. When her cousin, Mattie, comes to help her, Ethan's life changes completely. He falls deeply in love with Mattie. This being the 1800's, he must endure the stifling conventions of that era's society also. There love for each other proves to be a fascinating story.
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I thought this book was very depressing. I did not enjoy it. It was a quick read.
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I don't know why I waited so long to read this classic little gem of a novel--more like a long short story, actually, that manages so perfectly and movingly to capture a town, a person, a life in so few pages. It's written in Wharton's crisp and literate style, with the tragic story of Ethan Frome mirrored in the bleak New England winter landscape and stoic people.
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