(The House of the Seven Gables) [PDF KINDLE] ✓ Nathaniel Hawthorne
Ive published in 1850 starts with a preface by Hawthone explaining his concept of the Romance which is to be distinguished from the Novel because it provides the writer with greater latitude to takes risks The Novel is somehow straightforward conservative less flexible as a vehicle for experimentationThe first chapter gives us the backstory in a ind of lump sum Most contemporary novelists probably write such a backstory but often cut it since lacking action and character it can seem too schematic and impersonal Hawthorne s backstory is perhaps no exception But it has the virtue of being 160 years old and that combined with its antiuated vocabulary deftly wielded combines to hook the reader The backstory spills all the beans of this fantastic narrative including the heinous crime the resulting curse the astonishing event at the housewarming and the collective guilt that is said to course through each suceeding generation of the Pyncheon familyWhen we reach the action of the present day it s a particularly low moment in the Pyncheon family s fortunes Hepzibah the permanently scowling seemingly sole survivor of the line is forced to open what was at the time nown as a cent shop in a corner of the grand though decaying house There s nerve wracking suspense here Hawthorne seems to wring it from every word His mode of storytelling is simultaneously achingly and beautifully slow There s one scene for example in which he lingers over a simple breakfast Each item seems lovingly revealed there s a sumptuousness to the language that seems to belie the meal s simplicity The gaze throughout smacks of the voyeuristic as if the dead who are no longer permitted such pleasures were narratingThe narrative is marked by a number of oppositions in terms of imagery gloom and sunshine animal and spiritual age and youth ugliness and beauty exhaustion and vitality Clifford embodies many of these He is put forth as the spoiled and decadent figure and symbol of the family s fortunes He is obviously homosexual something Hawthorne working in the era he did could only vaguely touch upon Yet in the end he is mindful enough to turn this clich on its head For Clifford it turns out is not the symbol of the decaying family but an individual just one from whose shoulders at the end of the book all unfair connotation seems justly liftedClifford has an artist s sensibility without the artistry He is a dilettante The Daguerrotypist who lives beneath one of the House s gables is referred to as the artist The contrast is intentional The fellow with the so called artistic sensibilities is not an artist at all but one who makes his living from a simple mechanical process Clifford by contrast lives for beauty It infuses his every happy moment Without it he is corpse like almost inert Note March 17 2018 I edited this again slightly just to change the formatting of a long uotationNote May 14 2016 I edited this review just now to make a slight factual correctionDuring the Salem witch hysteria of 1692 when real life accused witch Sarah Good was about to hanged she pointed at one of the witch hunters Rev Nathaniel Noyes who was looking on approvingly and shouted I m no a witch than you are and if you murder me God will give
you blood to drink an allusion to Revelation 166 Years later Noyes suffered a throat aneurism and did die blood to drink an allusion to Revelation 166 Years later Noyes suffered a throat aneurism and did die drinking his own blood a fact that wasn t lost on the eepers of New England s traditionsNathaniel Hawthorne was born and raised in Salem and lived there much of his adult life a descendant of the Judge Hathorne who was one of the judges in the witch trials and the only one who never repented of it later The author added the w to his own name to disassociate himself from the judge and other ancestors who perse ETA A VERY SHORT REVIEWFirst the book was difficult because of dense language Then the language lightened up and I could enjoy parts At the end it went rapidly downhill being slapstick in style I could have saved myself a lot of time and just written this as my review Halfway down a by street of one of our New England tow I actually enjoyed this one Nathaniel
Hawthorne Has A Uniuehas a uniue of writing and I think it he s hit or miss For instance I didn t care for The Scarlett Letter but I really liked Young Goodman Brown This story explored themes of guilt and generational sin I felt all the characters had connectedness yet they were all trying to either run away from each other and their past sinsguiltI enjoyed the darker gothic tone of the story The dark and shadowy house played a major role and even acted as a characterSeveral days had passed over the seven gables heavily and drearily enough In fact an easterly storm had set in and indefatigably applied itself to the task of making the black roof and walls of the old house look cheerless than ever before pg 192The backstory of Salem witchcraft a curse and the mysterious deaths gave subtle elements of the supernatural The descriptive imagery helped carry the storythe uiver of the moonbeams they dance hand in hand with the shadows pg 241Overall in enjoyed this story The reading sometimes was tedious and slow but helped with the overall story I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story Thanks The illustrious Pyncheon family had uite a useful reign but that was long ago its founder ColPyncheon a stout merciless Puritan and able soldier helped wipe out the scourge the evil threat of the abominable witches in the honorable Salem trials of 1692 For his just reward he happened by pure accident to take over the property of old Matthew Maule Still a splendid beautiful area the perfect place to set his building the magnificent Seven Gablesthe Colonel s new mansion for his noble effo. Ses the theme of human guilt in a style remarkable in both its descriptive virtuosity and its truly modern mix of fantasy and realism. .
I have read and re read this many times the act of the passing generation is the germ which may and must produce good or evil fruit in a far distant time Thus speaks Hawthorne in the course of his book and to a large extent this summarises the theme and plot of the storyThe book is a natural progression from his previous work The Scarlet Letter almost an updated by 150 200 years seuel to it Hawthorne began it a mere 6 months after the publication of The Scarlet Letter Here he shows what happens as the seeds of the Salem type of puritanism germinate throughout the generations in this case through the Pyncheon family lineMy relationship with this book goes back a very long way I bought it as a boy in a village jumble sale do they have such things any determined to read it Not surprisingly I struggled but with the aid of a dictionary and taking it slowly I managed to read it through I ve been hooked on it ever since returning to it often and to my beloved Nathaniel HawthorneAs a boy I could identify with the characters who people the book and especially the reclusive Miss Hepzibah Pyncheon She was for me my widowed grandmother with whom I spent a great deal of time Like Hepzibah she had virtually retired from the world in her case on the early death of my grandfather She rarely went out of doors Her arthritis which had painfully and cruelly deformed her limbs would have made this difficult anyway Like Hepzibah too she could scowl But as in the case of the former this was freuently misinterpreted Both women were short sighted and lovely with it My grandmother s house too whilst lacking the dimensions of Hepzibah s had been the family home for 3 or 4 generations There was a shop attached to it too where my father plied his trade the same as his father grandfather and great grandfather before him The idea of my grandmother crossing its threshold as Hepzibah did in order to eke out a living selling a few sweets filled me with horror not for snobbish reasons after all we were a family of shopkeepers but my grandmother was painfully shyAt the risk of over egging the pudding no pun intended my grandmother had a large garden somewhat neglected like Hepzibah s and here my father ept a few chickens The book is altogether very personal for me and I have returned to it almost my childhood home many times I sense it is very autobiographical for Hawthorne too who as a young man adolescent shut himself up in his room for some years possibly with a guilty secret Hawthorne is uite particular in labelling this book a romance rather than a novel and this gives him lee way for his mirage style of story telling so we re never uite sure whether what he tells us is sheer fantasy fact or a mixture of both This romance is about sunshine and shadow sadness and joy laughter and tears age and the future The book will also focus on double standards and false values and justice which Hawthorne is expert in examiningHere s a taster or two Stay a moment if you please Said the Judge again beaming sunshine out of s a taster or two Stay a moment if you please Said the Judge again beaming sunshine out of face But appearances can be deceptive as a page or so later his expression has momentarily changed To now Judge Pyncheon was to see him at that moment After such a revelation let him smile with what sultriness he would he could much sooner turn grapes purple or pumpkins yellow than melt the iron branded impression out of the beholder s memory Hepzibah s brother Clifford to his sister
We are ghosts We have no right amongst human beings no right anywhereare ghosts We have no right amongst human beings no right anywhere in this old house which has a curse on it and which therefore we are doomed to hauntIt is an ugly thought that I should be frightful to my fellow beings and that children would cling to their mother s gowns at sight of me I spoke of sunshine and shadow Here as the book nears its close an old character much loved by the Pyncheons who spoke often of retiring to his farm the work house says But I suppose I am like a Roxbury Russet a great deal the better the longer I can be ept I guess this is much too personal to be an objective review but what the Hell I love this book A clueless group here in goodreadscom made this this its book of the month read under the Horror genre when there is no horror in it The author called it instead a Romance but there is no romance in it either except a brief declaration of love for each other of two protagonists towards the end with all its unmistakable phoni This is the worst book ever
Written In The English Languagein the English language is somehow celebrated against far superior novels from the same era somehow earning him enough respect to have his crusty face emblazoned onto the Library of CongressIf the story were to take place in modern day Atlanta it would be about some inbred old money steel magnolia losing her shit up in Buckhead and dragging her family down with her while she suanders what little remains of their inheritance on palm readers and telemarketers Throw in the distant trailer trash relative from Woodstock a bum selling Cutco nives the Gulf War Syndrome addled veteran brother and Wayne Mason Besides waiting for people to stop talking and describing things the rest of the plot centers around walking around the house and hearing the characters complain about their lack of money and prestigeYou take that story rewind it about 175 years add some baroue embellishment to every sentence you write using the exclamation mark liberally and you ve got THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLESI always imagine Nathaniel Hawthorne as being the trust fund baby of his time Having bored himself on sherry and biscuits How exhausting decides to forgo taking care of his plants and retire to his study to pen a novel for us He s like the writer of today who leaves his meditation room hops in hi. The sins of one generation are visited upon another in a haunted New England mansion until the arrival of a young woman from the coun. .
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S Mercedes Benz to the nearest Applebee s and scrawls another Zen and business book on a cocktail napkin turning 50 pages of bullshit into 198 in 14 point San Serif font that every pink bubble faced middle manager is going to have on their office shelf by the end of the week Nathaniel Hawthorne was that guy in his dayWhy does he get praise for this crap I think saying that there are dark psychol OHMYFREAKIN GAWDWhy the hell did I pick this up again Life s too short you say You have 200 other books on your to read shelf and this was sucking your will to read Give it up You re right all of it and my answer is my excuse being because I m freakin stubborn Its Hawthorne I mean how much New Englandy can you get I couldn t just give up I d be betraying my countryman Whatever For a few years in my younger days I worked down the street from the House of the Seven Gables and I d always get this literary stab of guilt for not having read it I d never fully look it in the eye feeling the shame wash over me Its judgmental gables peeking out at me while I d sit by the lighthouse eating lunch I want it all back All those years of remorse I could definitely put it to better use And you Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies know what It s not such a bad story really It s got murder witchcraft a creepy house a curse a spinster and her childlike convict brother some mystery hottie and a fair maiden You throw in an organ grinder and some insolent chickens and you ve got the making of a great short story See there What I did I said short story But what Hawthorne does and what irritates the fuck out of me is draw out the narrative and then draw it out some It gets to the point where you read me throw the damn book down cursing and feeling like you ve just been scolded by your high school english teacher for not appreciating its nuances Ugh Double frickin UGHExample Do I really need 8 pages describing the gardens Or does he really feel he s being clever when he writes 18 pages playing out the death of one of the characters oops spoiler my bad I get itha ha yer just full o wit there NateI will say that there was one little salacious scene that had me all a twitter and thinking that I might see some girl on old decrepit man action On Clifford s part it was the feeling of a man naturally endowed with the liveliest sensibility to feminine influence but who had never uaffed the cup of passionate love andnew that it was now too late He new it with the instinctive delicacy that had survived his intellectual decay Thus his sentiment for Phoebe without being paternal was not less chaste than if she had been his daughter He was a man it is true and recognized her as a woman She was his only representative of womankind He took unfailing note of every charm that appertained to her sex and saw the ripeness of her lips and the virginal development of her bosom All her little womanly ways budding out of her like blossoms on a young fruit tree had their effect on him and sometimes cause his very heart to tingle with the eenest thrills of pleasure I think Nate was dipping into Fanny Hill hoping to uaff his own cup a bit but I was bored and of course picked up on this Maybe
I VE JUST READ TOO MUCH MAYBE I Mve just read too much Maybe I m expecting too much I ve said before I grew up on Hungry Mans and the advent of the remote control Don t pussy foot around Give me what I want and give it to me now Okay 4 stars for first read 35 for secondIn late September I toured the House of the Seven Gables in Salem Massachusetts Our guide a The Power Of A Choice knowledgeable and entertainingly wry young man spoke of two additions made to the house after the woman who bought it decided to turn it into a tourist attraction a room to emulate Hepzibah s little shop and a secret stairway not mentioned in the text that Clifford must ve used to be able to suddenly appear the way he does The latter intrigued me since I didn t remember anything along those lines so I decided upon a rereadAs I got further into it I realized only the beginning seemed familiar and I started to wonder if perhaps I hadn t finished the book that first time though that didn t seem right either Perhaps it s just that the beginning with its legend of the Pyncheons and the Maules and then its description of poor Hepzibah setting up shop are still the most memorable scenes The middle is a lengthy setting the stage for a rather anticlimactic denouement completed with perfunctory explanations some of which is apparentlynown of due to mesmerism I understand why I remember liking it the first time I read it as at times I felt that same frisson of gothic ness I felt while reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle Our guide had mentioned he d read the book numerous times adding in a hushed tone that it wasn t all that great apologizing when I told him I d read it I think I also reread this to prove him wrong but I m unable to do so The main feeling I ve come away with that Hawthorne struggled with inherited guilt due to the actions of his ancestor a hanging judge presiding over the witch trials is what I discerned in that brilliant beginning And what of Clifford s mysterious appearances There *S Really Only One But It Is *really only one but it is important one and a bit later there s the mention of another relative having had secret access to their uncle s room Curiosity satisfiedAs I read my old paperback copy the edges of both the front and back covers shed pieces My 1985 edition has a picture of the house on the front that cover seems to have been removed from Goodreads though it was here not too long ago Last night as I settled in to finish the back cover fell completely off the spine And if I count in a certain way the spaces left behind from the triangles that fell from the front cover they number seven This narrat. Try breathes new air into mouldering lives and rooms Written shortly after The Scarlet Letter The House of the Seven Gables re addres.