The House of Seven Gables Author:Nathaniel Hawthorne Secrets in the Shadows — Cursed bya dead man before it was built, the Pyncheon mansion is a sullen, moldy hulk, fouled by centuries of corruption, rot and decay. Within, old hermit Hepzibah, whose grim face scares neighbors awy, and half-mad brother Clifford, driven mindless from ancient fear and shame, fal into their own decay- — Until a young c... more »ousin, Phoebe, suddenly comes to bring brightness and joy to the dark mansion. But another cousin, Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon-the incarnation of the family's evil ancestor-believes the mansion holds a secret that can bring him wealth and power...and no one on earth can stop Jaffery's greed from destroying the last hope for happiness in- The House of Seven Gables.« less
This novel was dry, difficult to read (staying focused-wise), and just not as interesting as it could have been. I suppose this is because nowadays a madman is portrayed with much more vigor and craziness - something this novel lacked. I think Hawthorne was simply trying to stick to an even, informative tone throughout the book. I wouldn't recommend this one.