(P)1988 Jimcin Recordings
Progressive thinker, fighter of lost causes, loves art but prefers physics; enjoys listening music and great books. Also a physician.
Not entirely as dismal as it had been sold to me, the story never captured my imagination and the ending was somewhat of a disappointment especially because the final repercussions are for the most part self inflicted. The characters are flat and the plot line is rather dull and predictable. Besides, the chronological line of the story is somewhat hard to follow. "I had the story, bit by bit, from various people..." the narrator warns us at the beginning, and quite frankly, am not sure that I fully grasped how and when who learned what. Sadly, the work was so uninteresting that even though the book is very short, I did not care to go back and find out. The narrator doesn't help much either. His voice is monotone and boring, always conspiring with the plot to make you numb and fall sleep.
Not entirely a waste of time -precisely because the book is so brief- I would recommend you skip it since there are so many other great short works -Of Mice and Men, Fahrenheit 451, The Pearl, The Old Man and the Sea, The Tunnel- that I would recommend reading before Ethan Frome, unless, of course, you have to read it as a High School assignment.
Adult, female reader for personal enjoyment and the exploration of psychological and certain academically oriented concepts. Goal: growth!
The story, as is true of many of Wharton's novels and short stories, is well written. EF represents a departure from the author's typical focus on the weathy of New York during the late 1800s. I like the way Wharton captures the feel of New England; I could easily picture the harsh climate, Starkfield, as well as the charcters. The story however, is a bit predictable and lacks the complexiety compared to other works such as House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence.
Frome's wife, Zeena
No. It lacks sufficient complexity.
This is the rather depressing tale of Ethan Frome, a man trapped in an unhappy marriage to a sickly, morose wife and at the same time in love with their young, lively house guest. The writer's characterizations are astute and her language powerful. However, the quality of writing was much higher than that of the narration which I found slow and very stilted. To the narrator's credit I will say that the diction was clear, probably a result of his very pronounced, unnatural style. Even though I was able to appreciate the book itself (I'd give 4-5 stars to the actual writing)I suggest you listen to the sample clip before committing to this!
...possible. Ethan Frome is a masterpiece. It deserves a first-rate reading; this version is unbearable.
I love Edith Wharton's writing and wit, and her social sensibilities, and I believe this book lives up to my expectations there. But the reading is so slow and lifeless that I began to find the book rather tedious. There is no expression and no change in pace in the reading, no tonal modulation at all, so that after a while one's eyes would glaze over if the story were not so engaging.
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