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ISBN13: 9780486266909
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Perhaps the best-known and most popular of Edith Wharton's novels, Ethan Frome is widely considered her masterpiece. Set against a bleak New England background, the novel tells of Frome, his ailing wife Zeena and her companion Mattie Silver, superbly delineating the characters of each as they are drawn relentlessly into a deep-rooted domestic struggle.

Burdened by poverty and spiritually dulled by a loveless marriage to an older woman. Frome is emotionally stirred by the arrival of a youthful cousin who is employed as household help. Mattie's presence not only brightens a gloomy house but stirs long-dormant feelings in Ethan. Their growing love for one another, discovered by an embittered wife, presages an ending to this grim tale that is both shocking and savagely ironic.

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Classic story of wasted lives, set against a bleak New England background. Superbly delineated characters in a hauntingly grim tale of thwarted love. Considered by many to be Wharton's masterpiece.

Synopsis:

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 to be Wharton's masterpiece.

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sentina, May 30, 2012 (view all comments by sentina)
The story is somewhat sickening, with rather cruel punishment of the main characters coming together in an ironic way in the end. But this is a very interesting period piece set in the mountain villages of New England, perhaps in the late 1800s or early 1900s, Wharton's lifetime, and revealing the moral beliefs, harsh environment, and lives of the fairly poor... fatalistic lives in which they feel little choice. Even though I didn't exactly enjoy it, considering its bleakness at many levels, I couldn't put it down. It made me feel very grateful for my life, with so many freedoms and choices, and so much personal power compared to these characters.

One thing that bothered me are the overuse, under-use, or misuse of commas and semi-colons, which are important to flow of the reading.
I also saw that she used the still common but incorrect use of men and girls instead of men and women or boys and girls.
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sentina, May 30, 2012 (view all comments by sentina)
The story is somewhat sickening, with rather cruel punishment of the main characters coming together in an ironic way in the end. But this is a very interesting period piece set in the mountain villages of New England, perhaps in the late 1800s or early 1900s, Wharton's lifetime, and revealing the moral beliefs, harsh environment, and lives of the fairly poor... fatalistic lives in which they feel little choice. Even though I didn't exactly enjoy it, considering its bleakness at many levels, I couldn't put it down. It made me feel very grateful for my life, with so many freedoms and choices, and so much personal power compared to these characters.
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megcampbell3, December 23, 2007 (view all comments by megcampbell3)
It has been said that this story, about two people who fall in love—a married man with his ailing wife's cousin—is about wasted lives—but isn't it true that we can only make decisions in the present, we can only want, need, and be effected by what moves us in the present? This is a tale of two people whose present lives cannot allow them a bliss-filled future together without causing pain to another; so they choose to bear this pain themselves in a failed double-suicide attempt that is supposed to end it all. As fortune would hold, they both go on to live in the same small house with broken bodies and broken spirits, the formerly ailing wife now in the part of nursemaid. "Ethan Frome" is considered by many to be Edith Wharton's masterpiece, and I'd agree. It is one of the supreme masterpieces of all of literature—wearing unassuming clothing. I did not, however, agree with the commonly ascribed adjectives that this story is grim, bleak, or depressing—instead, I found it haunting; a flawless portrait of our deepest interiors.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780486266909
Introduction:
Wharton, Edith
Author:
Wharton, Edith
Introduction by:
Wharton, Edith
Introduction:
Wharton, Edith
Author:
Wharton, Edith
Author:
Dover Thrift Editions
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
New england
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Rural poor
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Farm life -- New England -- Fiction.
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions
Series Volume:
no. 18
Publication Date:
19910131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.2 lb
Age Level:
from 11

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Classic story of wasted lives, set against a bleak New England background. Superbly delineated characters in a hauntingly grim tale of thwarted love. Considered by many to be Wharton's masterpiece.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 to be Wharton's masterpiece.
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