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Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

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Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
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1. emj5687 (3) , on 4/28/2005 8:48:00 PM, said:

the book was so obvious, i never felt surprised. my biggest problem with book was hawthorne's blatant attempt at influencing the reader, i generally agree with his ideas anyway, but the book would of been better if he had been more subtle.
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2. OneHungryMonster (0) , on 8/29/2004 5:46:00 PM, said:

It's a good story and a nice read. But it isn't something I'd recommend.
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3. tmcmulli (0) , on 4/6/2003 11:17:00 AM, said:

I was just going to rate this book until I saw the comment about "rent the movie". If you'd rather rent the movie, please don't rate books... different medium, and I've never seen a movie that has been better than the book it was based upon.

Hawthorne was one of our great founders of American literature. The Scarlet Letter is a portrait of that time, brilliantly done. If you're bored by this, don't read any Pulitzer prize winners from the last 20 years.

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4. Bookworm (0) , on 1/14/2002 1:22:00 PM, said:

I guess it is the times we live in, but this book was not as "scandelous" as I thought it would be. It is hard to relate to a time when a woman was made an outcast for having premarital sex. I had a hard time getting into this one.
  (0 people found this comment helpful, 1 did not)
5. kebp (0) , on 1/10/2001 8:20:00 PM, said:

Maybe it's because I had to read this in high school, but this book just didn't do it for me. The casual reader probably won't pick up on the symbolism that makes the book rich. Without the symbolism, there's really no reason to read it.
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6. Lucy 22 (0) , on 1/10/2001 1:38:00 PM, said:

I really hate this book. I found it boring, obvious, and silly. Hawthorne's over attention to detail in places is hard to read and boring. The characters are sad adn not completely described. Many people love Hawthorne but I sure don't!
  (2 people found this comment helpful, 0 did not)
7. jewelss (0) , on 1/9/2001 7:20:00 PM, said:

I enjoyed the symbolism within the reading. Many topics for discussion.
  (0 people found this comment helpful, 1 did not)
8. bchang (0) , on 1/9/2001 2:20:00 PM, said:

With the movie, you can more deeply understand the book. Though it's a tragic love story, it reveals how strong a human should be once he finds his true love.
  (0 people found this comment helpful, 2 did not)
9. Bluelady (0) , on 1/8/2001 12:58:00 PM, said:

I hate this book, how could one call it a classic? Dragging on about this whole "love" affair, making something natural and healthy and good into a dievient act of gross proportions. It's all about culture, the culture feels it has a right to know-the characters (parts of the culture) feel they are obliged to tell the culture. The culture disgusts me.
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10. Zarbon (0) , on 12/29/2000 8:03:00 PM, said:

Very interesting at times, but a definite STINKER. Most of it was boring. Sometimes, entire chapters were extremely boring. The characters, I think, were very well explained. Each one had it's own characterstics and traits. I found Dimmesdale to be the most interesting of the bunch. Not a page turner. A nice piece, but boring. Not reccomended to anyone, especially youngens. I think I can sum it up as, BORING.
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11. Angelj (0) , on 12/19/2000 1:12:00 PM, said:

Although everyone rants and raves about how classic this book is, you'll probably end up falling asleep before you get to the part where the "letter" come into play. My advice, watch the movie, they always are more entertaining with Hollywoods help.
  (5 people found this comment helpful, 1 did not)
12. cyrano76 (0) , on 12/11/2000 11:30:00 PM, said:

Exploring the depths of human emotion and intolerance, the Scarlet Letter is a classical book that much can be learned from. With a continuously mysterious undertone, it keeps you reading till the end. A good book to study or just read for pleasure.
  (4 people found this comment helpful, 0 did not)
13. Sharkaria (0) , on 12/6/2000 7:04:00 PM, said:

This book was boring. Nothing happened. I don't see what was so scandalous. Hard to read old fashioned language, even with a teacher assisting.
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14. Laroser (0) , on 12/6/2000 3:30:00 PM, said:

Unforgivable melodramatic and completely out of touch with vernacular spoken by people he was trying to reach, Hawthorne's novel was terrible even for its time. Interesting symbolism. Terrible telling.
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15. Voilodion (0) , on 11/25/2000 5:22:00 PM, said:

The Scarlet Letter is the best book I have ever read. Hawthorne displays the artistic touch that authors don't have anymore as he paints this subtle, captivating story of love, guilt, corruption, redemption, and hope. Before I began reading The Scarlet Letter, all I heard was how boring it was. But as I began reading, page after page was brilliant.
Hawthorne beautifully counterbalances the somewhat dark subject material of the book with a prologue that is lighter mood, and at times even deleriously funny.

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16. chinajohn (0) , on 11/2/2000 4:13:00 PM, said:

On the whole, I enjoyed the story. The Reverend's personal torment about Hester Pryne's pregnancy and being unable to claim his own child is wrenching. However, the first chapter about the "Charter House" slows the reader down considerably.
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17. mity (0) , on 10/26/2000 3:23:00 PM, said:

Good book. Scandalous. Keeps you reading. You want to find out what happens. A book that you will always remember. Memorable characters like Hester.
  (1 people found this comment helpful, 2 did not)
18. dieselgrrl (0) , on 10/25/2000 6:57:00 PM, said:

The Scarlet Letter was an awesome book filled with the basic conflicts we all face, backdropped against a setting less forgiving than the one we live in. A story of love called lust and one of the strongest heroines in literature today. An excellent book.
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19. undine (0) , on 10/18/2000 10:13:00 PM, said:

I loved this book! The language was beautiful, full of imagery and symbolism. A clever attack on American Puritanism.
  (1 people found this comment helpful, 1 did not)
20. srkoala (0) , on 10/16/2000 3:55:00 PM, said:

A slow story with only limited interest. Read the Cliff Notes instead.
  (1 people found this comment helpful, 3 did not)
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