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"To inherit a great fortune. To inherit a great misfortune." These words, from Nathaniel Hawthorne's notebook, neatly encapsulate the theme of The House of the Seven Gables - that of a family whose fortunes are poisoned by its past misdeeds. The sins of the Pyncheon father are visited upon his children over a period of several generations, until such time as one of his descendants unites with a member of the family he has wronged. Love conquers hate, and new blood washes away the original crime. This intriguing and insightful novel truly deserves its significant place in the canon of American literature.

Public Domain (P)1996 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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Opens well. Yet collapsed miserably.

The narrator starts with the perfect timber of voice for this Hawthorne work. Yet inexplicably begins depicting character parts with an absurd falsetto renditioning of several of the characters. Subsequently destroying the narrative and mood. Don't waste your time or love of Hawthorne on this abortion.

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A Lovely Classic

Peter Mariner offers a warm and pleasing narration of Hawthorne's charming tale of old Salem.