[Epub] ➛ The Blithedale Romance ➜ Nathaniel Hawthorne – Bassgrotto.co.uk

The Blithedale Romance Abjuring The City For A Pastoral Life, A Group Of Utopians Set Out To Reform A Dissipated America But The Group Is A Powerful Mix Of Competing Ambitions And Its Idealism Finds Little Satisfaction In Farmwork Instead, Of Changing The World, The Members Of The Blithedale Community Individually Pursue Egotistical Paths That Ultimately Lead To Tragedy Hawthorne S Tale Both Mourns And Satirizes A Rural Idyll Not Unlike That Of Nineteenth Century America At Large.About The Series For Over 100 Years Oxford World S Classics Has Made Available The Broadest Spectrum Of Literature From Around The Globe Each Affordable Volume Reflects Oxford S Commitment To Scholarship, Providing The Most Accurate Text Plus A Wealth Of Other Valuable Features, Including Expert Introductions By Leading Authorities, Voluminous Notes To Clarify The Text, Up To Date Bibliographies For Further Study, And Much.


10 thoughts on “The Blithedale Romance

  1. says:

    I usually start my book selections without reading about them or about the authors, but this time I read the Wiki entry for Nathaniel Hawthorne before beginning The Blithedale Romance I cannot decide if that was a good idea or a spoiler This book was based on his own short time spent in the utopian community known as Brook Farm, but when I read the article about his life and a separate article about the community, I was surprised to see that he did not believe in the enterprise, he had simply I usually start my book selections without reading about them or about the authors, but this time I read the Wiki entry for Nathaniel Hawthorne before beginning The Blithedale Romance I cannot decide if that was a good idea or a spoiler This book was based on his own short time spent in the utopian community known as Brook Farm, but when I read the article about his life and a separate article about the community, I was surprised to see that he did not believe in the enterprise, he had simply hoped that living there would be a way to save money so he could get married.So that explained the main character s lack of true enthusiasm for his new life at Blithedale, and the bitter somberness of the entire story Our poet narrator Coverdale is a young man from the city who decides he can change the world by joining with like minded individuals at a rural farm Only he nevertruly believes in the project, makes sarcastic...


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    Rating 3.25 of fiveI read this as part of the RL book circle s festivities I can t really say I enjoyed it, though I admired it I thiink I learned a lot from itfor example, there is no new idea anywhere under the sun Hawthorne really no touchstone for Hawthorne wrote of such familiar characters to any modern reader, the creepy pseudo spiritual control freak, the conflicted feminist, the wishy washy eternal follower, that it really feels like the book could have been written yesterda Rating 3.25 of fiveI read this as part of the RL book circle s festivities I can t really say I enjoyed it, though I admired it I thiink I learned a lot from itfor example, there is no new idea anywhere under the sun Hawthorne really no touchstone for Hawthorne wrote of such familiar characters to any modern reader, the creepy pseudo spiritual control freak, the conflicted feminist, the wishy washy eternal follower, that it really feels like the book could have been written yesterday.In the author s preface to the book, he is even very careful to state that he is NOT modeling the characters in the book, nor the community that they inhabit, after his own experiences and the people he knew while living in a Utopian community much like the fictional Blithedale of the title He goes so far as to say he hopes other specific members of Brook Farm, the real life communiity Hawthorne lived in during 1841 1842, will write the definitive books about it Ha He ...


  3. says:

    Flat out my favorite Hawthorne, though I end up teaching THE SCARLET LETTER a lotThis is probably his one work that feels very contemporary, what with the commune setting and the very relevant gender dynamics The characters are at once stock figures and yet somehow deeply real Miles, the proto Nick Carraway Priscilla, the light girl the monomaniacal Hollingsworth and, of course, Zenobia, the dark woman and ambiguous symbol of feminism Part of what makes this one fun is that you Flat out my favorite Hawthorne, though I end up teaching THE SCARLET LETTER a lotThis is probably his one work that feels...


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    Hawthorne s mellifluous voice is clearly recognizable here, but I did not like this as much as The Scarlet Letter Coverdale, as a narrator, is a passive presence and at times is somewhat of a creeper He is ultimately outside the circle of true action and from his own account, never accomplishes much of anything with his life The other characters are difficult to get a true fix on due to the unreliability of Coverdale s reportage There are some insightful psychological observations made, but Hawthorne s mellifluous voice is clearly recognizable here, but I did not like this as much as The Scarlet Letter Coverdale, as a narrator, is a passive presence and at times is somewhat of a creeper He is ultimately outside the circle of true action and from his own account,...


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    Mankind has always had, and will always have, a penchant for utopian dreams of one sort or another It may be that the frustrations of living in an imperfect world cause some to seek a new way of life, by forming a community of like minded optimists, to live closer to the earth and pursue common ideals The Blithedale Romance is a story of such a community and a reminder that achieving heaven on earth will always be beyond our reach Nathaniel Hawthorne experienced this setting in real life, Mankind has always had, and will always have, a penchant for utopian dreams of one sort or another It may be that the frustrations of living in an imperfect world cause some to seek a new way of life, by forming a community of like minded optimists, to live closer to the earth and pursue common ideals The Blithedale Romance is a story of such a community and a reminder that achieving heaven on earth will always be beyond our reach Nathaniel Hawthorne experienced this setting in real life, when he spent a few months as a part of a community called Brook Farm It seems clear that he was less than enchanted with the venture, which may in part account for the sometimes wry and satirical tone with which he describes Bli...


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    I d read The Scarlet Letter a few years ago and really enjoyed it so was expecting another strongly delivered story with this offering.Found it difficult to invest in the characters on offer, didn t find the characters or their actions particularly appealing I did enjoy the glimpses of farming life at Blithedale and appreciated the ideals behind the experimental community and reasons for it s foundation.One of those novels that promises much but doesn t quite deliver Read ...


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    This review contains some spoilers Well, this was an odd piece of work This was my first Hawthorne, and while his writing made me want to read his other books, this particular book left me.I don t know I finished it with interest, but at the same time, I felt removed Hawthorne begins with a disclaimer that the events and people were not based on real life Since everyone knew of his time at Brook Farm a Utopian socialist community , this naturally caused everyone to be especially attune This review contains some spoilers Well, this was an odd piece of work This was my first Hawthorne, and while his writing made me want to read his other books, this particular book left me.I don t know I finished it with interest, but at the same time, I felt removed Hawthorne begins with a disclaimer that the events and people were not based on rea...


  8. says:

    TheI read Hawthorne, theI like him the person I believe him to have been He has a nice bite, as evidenced by the following passage, narrated by Coverdale who is equated with Hawthorne that made me cackle aloud While our enterprise lay all in theory, we had pleased ourselves with the delectable visions of the spiritualization of labor It was to be our form of prayer and ceremonial worship Each stroke of the hoe was to uncover some aromatic root of wisdom, heretofore hidden from TheI read Hawthorne, theI like him the person I believe him to have been He has a nice bite, as evidenced by the following passage, narrated by Coverdale who is equated ...


  9. says:

    I just didn t like this at all I am not a Hawthorne fan overall, so I just forced myself to finish this


  10. says:

    After reading The Scarlet Letter years ago in school, and now The House of Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance in relatively close conjunction, there seems to be a common theme running throughout much of Hawthorne s longer fiction namely, the deep and abiding mistrust in ideas of utopia, progress or perfectibility, especially of the human kind Hawthorne came from a long line of Puritans, one of whom even presided over some of the Salem witch trials Now writing on the cusp of the Civ Af...