— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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September 5, 2011

Reading The House of the Seven Gables with Frances: please join us!




Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst. ...
After commenting and tweeting to each other about Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables yesterday, Frances of Nonsuch Book and I decided to read it together, and we would love to have you join us. Very informal; we're going to share our thoughts about it on Friday, October 14th, and continue over the weekend by visiting and commenting. 

Our plans are part of  R.I.P. {Readers Imbibing Peril} VI:  Peril of the Group Read.  Frances said it's one of her favorite Hawthornes, and I know I'll see something new and deep in it through her eyes. As for me, I've been wanting to re-immerse myself in the literature and literary history of New England, and though I've read many other works of his, I'll be reading this one for the first time, from my 30-year-old college copy of the Collected Works.  Yes, I am that old.  Scary.

Please leave a note here, or with Frances, if you'd like to join us (we hope so!) so we can all be in peril together.


{cover and spine of an 1899 edition,
courtesy of The Boston Public Library}

5 comments:

Frances said...

That is a beautiful cover! Happy to be doing this together. Now to decide on an edition...

JoAnn said...

Count me in... have been wanting to read this for years. Maybe a field trip, too!

Bellezza said...

Oh, I love The House of Seven Gables. Read it years ago, so I won't join you two this time, although not much would be nicer than a read along with you both. Can't wait to hear your thoughts as you post your reviews on it!

irisonbooks said...

I'd like to sign up :)

Jillian said...

Oh, I'd have loved to, but I'm all booked up! I'm reading The Scarlet Letter right now, though. :-)

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