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Hailed by Henry James as, "the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country", Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is a masterful portrayal of humanity's continuing struggle with sin, guilt, and pride. An amazing early American novel. I have never read before. I actually can't wait to read again. Stongly recommend. It was so good that I wanted to know someone who had just read it so we could talk about it!
The reader was very good. Her voice was VERY versatile. Shelly Frasier does fine: clear diction and slow pace, which are appropriate for more challenging prose. But why so many complaints about Hawthorne's language? He was writing in the s, not the s the era of the fiction, which he emulates in his characters' speech , so it's not that far from our own era. This was my first reading of Scarlet Letter. I can see that it endures for its landmark importance in American literature, but I would not have enjoyed the novel for itself had I not just finished Susan Cheever's American Bloomsbury, with its biographical details of Hawthorne's life, especially his relationship with Margaret Fuller whom she postulates as at least partial inspiration for Hester's courage, strength and philosophy.
Eliot and Hardy wrote later in the century than Hawthorne, but not that much later, and they were so much more adept at re-creating earlier periods in their nation's history and mentality. I can't help but wonder if Elizabeth Gaskill read Scarlett Letter before she wrote Ruth, supposedly the first Engish lit novel to tackle the subject of "fallen woman" sympathetically - there seems to be more than one similar character.
Scarlett Letter not Ruth! This edition was well priced, with acceptable narration for the price- Hawthorne's sentences must be hard work for any narrator.
Which character — as performed by Shelly Frasier — was your favorite? Reverand Dimmesdal and Pearl were my favorites. If you could rename The Scarlet Letter, what would you call it? Any additional comments? Good reading of a classic. Unfortunately, since Hawthorne's prose wanders like a caffeine addled child, it can be hard to track what's going on at certain points in the narration.
Is there anything you would change about this book? I know this is considered a classic, but I'm underwhelmed. Perhaps the most annoying thing about it is the heavy-handed symbolism. Honestly, Nathaniel, a meteor that lights up the sky forming a scarlet A? Doesn't that seem a little on-the-nose? Would you listen to another book narrated by Shelly Frasier? The narrator isn't bad, although she mispronounces words surprisingly often.
This book does use a lot of uncommon words, but that's what dictionaries are for. Also, I found the decision to perform the dialogue, but not the rest of the text, in an English accent or at least something like one to be distracting, although I understand why the choice was made. The narrator talked very slowly so I had to speed it up, the story was great. Although very little actually happened. I had a hard time staying focused on the story. Narrator did not hold my attention, made it a struggle.
What would have made The Scarlet Letter better? I enjoyed the story and the most of the characters, but since they all spoke in the old King's English, I found myself growing tired of continuously translating. I listened to this book in an audio version, so by the time I translated one part, the narrator was already on another.
I did get enough out of this story to feel sorrow for Hester as she was treated poorly and ridiculed for having a baby outside of wedlock in which she refused to confess who the father was. I was able to accurately predict who the father was about halfway through the story and find the father's confession to the old-fashioned New Englanders a sad moment.
I was hoping once he confessed that there would finally be peace for him and for Hester and a state of normalcy for little Pearl. What disappointed you about The Scarlet Letter? The accent was difficult to follow, as well as the old English style speaking. The story was too slow to start.