'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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October 14, 2011

Our House of the Seven Gables Group Read




  • Julia has A Number of Things {wonderful, perceptive things!} to say about the book, including her long history with it and what happens to Hawthorne's intentions as he writes.
  • Fleur Fisher was entranced, and has conquered her fear of Hawthorne (so did I!)
  • Frances of Nonsuch Book found 'many sly and humorous send-ups of the Gothic form,' and much more, as she always does, in her re-reading.
  • Richard at Caravana de recuerdos is a compelling voice of dissent, but he did admire that one chapter.
  • Lisa May at TBR 313 felt like a guest who couldn't really enjoy the feast, and gives thoughtful reasons why.
  • JoAnn at Lakeside Musings found it more satisfying to listen to than to read {I think I would have, too}, and expresses her appreciation for group reading.
  • Read, Ramble wondered how Hawthorne could 'stumble so badly' after The Scarlet Letter, but thought THotSG had 'good bones' and strong dialog.

1 comment:

Lisa May said...

That's a great summary of my post - and your metaphor works better than mine :)

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