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Ethan Frome
Ethan Frome
Author: Edith Wharton
Tragic story of wasted lives, set against a bleak New England background. A poverty-stricken New England farmer, his ailing wife and a youthful housekeeper are drawn relentlessly into a deep-rooted domestic struggle in this hauntingly grim tale of thwarted love. Considered by many Wharton's masterpiece.
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ISBN-13: 9780684719276
ISBN-10: 0684719274
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 88
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Ethan Frome on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
what an excellent and heart-wrenching tale.
constant-reader avatar reviewed Ethan Frome on + 130 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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!
reviewed Ethan Frome on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I thought this book was very depressing. I did not enjoy it. It was a quick read.
demiducky25 avatar reviewed Ethan Frome on + 161 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This was a very short and rather easy read. It was also quite depressing (but still worthwhile and enjoyable). It starts from the point of view of a narrator (who is only in the first and last chapters) who is new to town and needs a way to get a ride to the train station for work, ends up hiring a disfigured, sad man named Ethan Frome to take him. The narrator becomes intrigued with why Ethan is the way he is, why he seems a bit more educated and intellectually curious compared to others in the town, and eventually he puts Ethan's story together when he ends up having to stay at Ethan's house during a terrible snow storm. The rest of the book (except the last chapter) focuses on Ethan's past, told from a third person point of view. We learn that Ethan was not always disfigured, that he attended a little college before being called home after his father died to take care of his ailing mother. He then ends up marrying Zeena, who helped care for his mother and later becomes very "sickly" herself (implied that much of her "troubles" are hypochondriac in nature). Zeena's cousin, Mattie, is hired to take care of her, and Ethan finds himself dealing with his emotions as he falls for Mattie. Ethan is rather conflicted because he wants to leave Zeena to be with Mattie, but he struggles inside with feelings of loyalty and doesn't want Zeena to suffer as a result of him leaving her (despite the fact he borders on hating her at times due to her cruel nature towards Mattie). The book deals with Ethan's internal turmoil and what he ultimately decides to do. All-in-all, it was a very worthwhile read!
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Helpful Score: 1
Amazing book, I read right through in one sitting.
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