“Super sad; a bit too sentimental. Wharton is an interesting character, though.”Belgium wrote this review Monday, December 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a reread for me. I read it in high school and have to say that the second reading was less enjoyable, still I liked it didn’t live up to my memory of it. This time I listened to an audio that I got free this fall. It was narrated by Scott Brick and he is a solid narrator. It is only 3 hours and 47 minutes of listening time so this is a rather short book, referred to as a tale by the author. This book, unlike most of her others, is set in a fictional town in Massachusetts. It is told by an unnamed narrator who because of a snowstorm has to stay at the Frome home. It is really one very long flashback that takes us back to a time when Ethan is a younger man, disillusioned in his married and infatuated with a young female relative of his wife’s. This is a story of a marriage that has gone bad for lack of communication. The wife gets her needs met through her illness. The husband quits listening in order to tolerate the intolerable. And then there is the classic triangle with Mattie. When I read this in high school it seemed so romantic but now, not so. Still, for a short tale filled with literary devices. ”Kristel wrote this review Saturday, December 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A short but powerful story. Wharton is a master of soft-footed suspense. Her tales are delicate, and her language is gentile, so it is always a gut-wrenching surprise at the end when a powerful, life-suspending event occurs. I don't read Wharton to feel happy, but I do read her to feel elevated and immersed in my senses as her stories unfold.
This particular story has three strong but broken characters. Told in flashback after learning early that some tragic, body-mangling event has occurred in the past, I was compelled to keep reading because I so wanted these characters to have some moments of wholeness and grace. Those moments exist, but through a glass dimly. I can only hope that some easing of heavy burdens happens for Ethan and his two women in some unwritten future. ”
“This is her only book worth reading”Andrea N Johnson wrote this review Wednesday, December 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Synopsis: Serialized in Scribner's Magazine and then published in 1911, Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome is perhaps her best known work. Set in the stark landscape of Western Massachusettes, the novella tells the story of the title character's loveless marriage to a bitter woman, Zeena, and his struggle to maintain their impoverished home. With the arrival of Zeena's niece, Mattie, fresh air is breathed into the household, and Frome comes to life as he tries to deny his marital obligations and win love for himself before it's too late. Edith Wharton is a significant American novelist, being the first woman to win a Pulitzer prize for her novel The Age of Innocence. Ethan Frome fits nicely into the curriculum of many American Literature classes.
Themes/Curriculum Connections: New England, Adultery, Physical handicap
Age/Grade Recommendation: High School and up.”
“Read it for Uni (UAB). Too slow. But I liked the character of Mattie.”Alice Dielens wrote this review Wednesday, November 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love Edith Wharton's writing. This book is incredibly atmospheric with the stark setting and sense of hope and regret and frustration just radiating from the pages.”Trish wrote this review Monday, November 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is in the nature of public schools to force upon their students any book within budget. Edith Wharton has exquisite talent, and after hearing about her more popular pieces, I looked at this book with regret. It was a simple story written in a style much more appropriate for the type of writing she was used to. The plot was interesting enough, but even my teacher confessed it was the worst of Wharton’s works.”Caroline F wrote this review Saturday, November 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No