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    I usually start my book selections without reading about them or about the authors, but this time I read the Wiki entry for Nathaniel Hawthorne before beginning The Blithedale Romance I cannot decide if that was a good idea or a spoiler This book was based on his own short time spent in the utopian community known as Brook Farm, but when I read the article about his life and a separate article about the community, I was surprised to see that he did not believe in the enterprise, he had simply hoped that living there would be a way to save money so he could get married.So that explained the main character s lack of true enthusiasm for his new life at Blithedale, and the bitter somberness of the entire story Our poet narrator Coverdale is a young man from the city who decides he can change the world by joining with like minded individuals at a rural farm Only he nevertruly believes in the project, makes sarcastic remarks about the other members, their beliefs, even himself throughout the story and is generally a cruel and unlikable wolf in sheep s clothing.He also becomes quite obsessed with the two main female characters, Zenobia and Priscilla His friend Hollingsworth is not even as likable as Coverdale, and he is obsessed with the idea of creating his own projects, insisting on trying to convince everyone around him to help him achieve his goals.There is a mystery about the identities of the two women, hints about someone known as The Veiled Lady and an old man we meet in the very first paragraphs when he is bluntly snubbed by our man Coverdale It seems the old man needed a favor but Coverdale felt it would be too much trouble to himself to grant the request Perhaps if he had, the entire story would have turned out differently Certainly this old man plays a most important role later.At first, even with my irritation with the main characters and Hawthorne himself, I was quite caught up in the story The tension builds quickly I could tell Something Was About To Happen But it never did.everything fizzles for a bit, and the chapter that explains the old man s history reads like something from a different book entirely Then when the Something finally happened an amazingly dramatic, horrible scene it did not ring true to the way the character had been presented throughout the story At least not to my way of thinking.I gave it three stars at first but I ve dropped it to two, and I won t be reading it again I thought I would someday since I was a bit distracted while reading, but I ve decided apologies to his fans here that I have had quite enough of Hawthorne for one lifetime.

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    Rating 3.25 of fiveI read this as part of the RL book circle s festivities I can t really say I enjoyed it, though I admired it I thiink I learned a lot from itfor example, there is no new idea anywhere under the sun Hawthorne really no touchstone for Hawthorne wrote of such familiar characters to any modern reader, the creepy pseudo spiritual control freak, the conflicted feminist, the wishy washy eternal follower, that it really feels like the book could have been written yesterday.In the author s preface to the book, he is even very careful to state that he is NOT modeling the characters in the book, nor the community that they inhabit, after his own experiences and the people he knew while living in a Utopian community much like the fictional Blithedale of the title He goes so far as to say he hopes other specific members of Brook Farm, the real life communiity Hawthorne lived in during 1841 1842, will write the definitive books about it Ha He s already done it And I venture to say, though without any personal experience to back it up, the definitive history of many another Utopia.I find the American aversion to all things Socialist very curious Hawthorne defends himself against as yet unleveled accusations of beig an apologist for Socialism in choosing to write about Brook Farm at all It existed from 1841 1847, and it had as little impact on American culture as the other Socialist Utopias before it and after it did What precisely does America s vast majority fear The possibility that others could be helped in some way What is this reactionary terror of social justice about Well, it seems that Hawthorne wondered the same thing He put it inside the struggles of the characters to get their needs met Conformism is rewarded for flirting with radical thought and then returning to it by gaining a lot of money, access to a comfortable life, and an aura of sanctity that is almost palpable Americans fear the alternativeshunning and criticism and povertyso they see the radical and just readjustment of society s power aka money as a threat instead of a basic benefit Hawthorne isn t on board with this, it becomes obvious, though he plays by the rules of his time It s an interesting thought experiment to imagine what a Hawthorne born in 1904 would have done with this story.I don t think I d recommend the book to anyone not already accustomed to nineteenth century writing It s not the equal of The Scarlet Letter, so it doesn t transcend its era as effortlessly But for the initiate, this is some excellent storytelling.

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    Flat out my favorite Hawthorne, though I end up teaching THE SCARLET LETTER a lot This is probably his one work that feels very contemporary, what with the commune setting and the very relevant gender dynamics The characters are at once stock figures and yet somehow deeply real Miles, the proto Nick Carraway Priscilla, the light girl the monomaniacal Hollingsworth and, of course, Zenobia, the dark woman and ambiguous symbol of feminism Part of what makes this one fun is that you can debate the actions of these people in ways you really can t with SCARLET or SEVEN GABLES.

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    Hawthorne s mellifluous voice is clearly recognizable here, but I did not like this as much as The Scarlet Letter Coverdale, as a narrator, is a passive presence and at times is somewhat of a creeper He is ultimately outside the circle of true action and from his own account, never accomplishes much of anything with his life The other characters are difficult to get a true fix on due to the unreliability of Coverdale s reportage There are some insightful psychological observations made, but my personal opinion is that it is weaker than TSL.

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    Mankind has always had, and will always have, a penchant for utopian dreams of one sort or another It may be that the frustrations of living in an imperfect world cause some to seek a new way of life, by forming a community of like minded optimists, to live closer to the earth and pursue common ideals The Blithedale Romance is a story of such a community and a reminder that achieving heaven on earth will always be beyond our reach Nathaniel Hawthorne experienced this setting in real life, when he spent a few months as a part of a community called Brook Farm It seems clear that he was less than enchanted with the venture, which may in part account for the sometimes wry and satirical tone with which he describes Blithedale, the fictional community of his novel.This is an occasionally dark and unusual story of 4 main characters whose lives intersect at Blithedale Miles Coverdale, the intensely observant narrator Zenobia, the tempestuous and mysterious feminist of sorts her younger half sister Priscilla, whom Coverdale compares to a leaf in the wind , and Hollingsworth, an idealist and philanthropist, who is loved by both women Some of the twists, as well as the ending, surprised me And, of course, the 19th century pace of the writing is leisurely, to say the least But the story is easy to follow, and Hawthorne s beautifully turned and insightful phrases are everywhere The story is both a love triangle, of sorts, and a deep, sometimes stark look into the human psyche I ll never see a flower in a woman s hair without thinking of Zenobia, and while this novel was different that I expected, I m glad I experienced it.

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    I d read The Scarlet Letter a few years ago and really enjoyed it so was expecting another strongly delivered story with this offering.Found it difficult to invest in the characters on offer, didn t find the characters or their actions particularly appealing I did enjoy the glimpses of farming life at Blithedale and appreciated the ideals behind the experimental community and reasons for it s foundation.One of those novels that promises much but doesn t quite deliver Read the free kindle edition and had no issues overall.

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    This review contains some spoilers Well, this was an odd piece of work This was my first Hawthorne, and while his writing made me want to read his other books, this particular book left me.I don t know I finished it with interest, but at the same time, I felt removed Hawthorne begins with a disclaimer that the events and people were not based on real life Since everyone knew of his time at Brook Farm a Utopian socialist community , this naturally caused everyone to be especially attuned to how much it WAS based on his time there Was this just a bit of his rather odd humor I tend to think it was.His characters are complex caricatures, if that makes sense When reading, I had to keep reminding myself that Hawthorne was writing in the Romantic period Some of his characters were stock figures of a sort Priscilla, for instance, the frail, pale, but filled with a spiritual life force slip of a girl Hollingsworth represents the Transcendentalist But he is consumed with a natural, compassionate impulse to the point that it is no longer natural and he alienates almost everyone in his pursuit of his ideal What makes them complex, though, and one reason I thought so much of Hawthorne s writing, was because of the psychological insights and observations he makes through his characters The story itself earns two stars only Was a trite love triangle the only option for fictionalizing his experience Surely not A redeemable aspect of the story was the narrator His self deprecating humor became a bit tiresome toward the end, but it made me snort enough times to raise the story rating from one to two stars I also think he brings out the strengths and weaknesses of the ideal through this bit of fiction, though he could have been a bit innovative with the plot The reason for my four star rating is because of his writing I loved it His imagery was poetic, but not overly so, with enough rambling descriptions of nature to make him Romantic, but not enough to make him Transcendental as far as I understand Transcendentalism.An example A wild grapevine, of unusual size and luxuriance, had twined and twisted itself up into a tree, and, after wreathing the entanglement of its tendrils around almost every bough, had caught hold of three or four neighboring trees, and married the whole clump with a perfectly inextricable knot of polygamy Nice Also, perfect symbolism.This made me wonder what it was about his writing that I really enjoyed And I suppose this topic has been discussed to death, but still, here are my thoughts from this particular reading experience Leonard Bernstein once talked about what made Beethoven great using his Fifth Symphony as an example His rhythyms, harmonies, and melodies were absolutely ordinary What made him great He knew exactly which note should follow another I guess this is how I felt about Hawthorne He knew exactly which word should follow another If The Scarlet Letter is the zenith of his work, I cannot wait to read it.

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    I ve been meaning to read this novel for quite some time Firstly, I have a particular interest in stories about communal life since I came close to joining a commune when I was a teenager Hawthorne based the novel s intentional community of Blithedale on the real utopian farming commune Brooke Farm which Hawthorne helped to establish although apparently he didn t adhere too strongly to its values Secondly, the second novel in Joyce Carol Oates Gothic Quintet is called A Bloodsmoore Romance I m not sure if Oates book plays upon Hawthorne s novel at all other than in its title but I figured it s best to read the classic novel first Perhaps my motivations for reading this novel slightly soured my experience of it because the story is Romance than it is about the actual community of Blithedale It begins with its narrator Miles travelling to the newly founded intentional community of Blithedale in the dead of winter He s a poet so isn t accustomed to the rigorous work of agricultural life which meets him when he gets there Like many well meaning intellectuals who go to found alternative societies, he quickly finds the practicalities of the enterprise overwhelm him we had pleased ourselves with delectable visions of the spiritualization of labor matters did not turn out quite so well as we anticipated Therefore, it s quite funny he quickly becomes ill and spends all his time in bed rather than working the fields or milking cows But few details are given about the structure of the community or its core values Instead the story becomes consumed with a beautiful resident named Zenobia who always has an exotic flower in her hair as well as a mysterious young woman named Priscilla who arrives The novel primarily concerns the mysterious backstory of these women s lives and Miles rivalry with a philanthropist and fellow resident Hollingsworth Read my full review of The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne on LonesomeReader

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    The I read Hawthorne, the I like him the person I believe him to have been He has a nice bite, as evidenced by the following passage, narrated by Coverdale who is equated with Hawthorne that made me cackle aloud While our enterprise lay all in theory, we had pleased ourselves with the delectable visions of the spiritualization of labor It was to be our form of prayer and ceremonial worship Each stroke of the hoe was to uncover some aromatic root of wisdom, heretofore hidden from the sun Pausing in the field, to let the wind exhale the moisture of our foreheads, we were to look upward and catch glimpses into the far off soul of truth In this point of view, matters did not turn out quite so well as we had anticipated At Brook Farm, a collective and model for Blithedale, Hawthorne endeavored to find a community of like minded persons a place where he could both work, provide for a family, and tend to his writing As I know many of my contemporaries and I do, he found that the writing life can suffer in relationship to the work that is providing a steady income or reliable means After ten days at the farm, he writes It is an endless surprise to me how much work there is to be done in the world A familiar feeling that and one I find refreshing to know someone as accomplished as Hawthorne struggled against.

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    I just didn t like this at all I am not a Hawthorne fan overall, so I just forced myself to finish this

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