The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables

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The curse of Mathew Maule descends on seven generations of the inhabitants of an old New England house.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2001
Edition: 2001 Modern Library ed
ISBN: 9780375756870
Characteristics: xix, 312 p. ; 21 cm
Call Number: HAWTHORNE, N


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The curse of Mathew Maule descends on seven generations of the inhabitants of an old New England house.

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May 15, 2021

The story revolves around the dark history of the Pyncheon family and the current lives of its successors. Hepzibah, who has already succumbed to her lonely fate caused by her naturally gloomy disposition, changes to become more optimistic after Phoebe’s arrival. During Phoebe’s short stay, the mansion’s atmosphere brightens up and brings hope of a happier life to Hepzibah and her brother Clifford. From this optimism, Hepzibah starts to develop a determination to change her life with her own hands.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing style is really unique, so readers will either enjoy it or hate it because of its concentration on analyzing the human mindset and describing the setting. There will be vague hints about how a reader should go about interpreting a scene, which can be frustrating because of the slow pacing of the plot. The language concentrates so much on descriptions that you might not even notice the plot, which might contribute to the shock factor of the ending.

Nov 25, 2019

Character driven, but still possibly a ghost story, written in the florid style of 19th-century prose. The characters are interesting, as are their interactions. The supposedly cursed house grows more claustrophobic as the story proceeds, and the book finally reaches a climax in one of the most unusual (and quiet!) chapters I've ever read. I enjoyed this book, but the writing style needs a little time for the contemporary reader to get used to, and the conclusion seems a little abrupt and out of character for the rest of it.

Feb 27, 2019

I found the context of The House of the Seven Gables very interesting and intriguing, with a lot happening between Hepzibah Pyncheon her brother Clifford, cousin Phoebe and other townspeople. Surrounded by the notion of a family curse really drew me in. The unfolding of the climax really surprised me and anyone who enjoys gothic fiction or is a fan of books written in the 19th Century, I highly recommend this book.

For warning, reading this book sometimes I had to reread over what I initially read. You can easily get lost or confused in the translation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's writing style. All in all a fun read!

Mar 04, 2018

The House of Seven Gables isn't really about an evil house, any more than The Scarlet Letter is about an evil wizard. It's a character-based story about people who live with the Puritan legacy. If you like Nathaniel Hawthorne's other works, you'll like this sweet, nostalgic story, but it isn't exactly action-packed.

trevordunfordswife Oct 23, 2015

'Haunted'? 'Cursed'? Good grief. Remember that it was written in 1850 and don't go looking for a thrilling Hallowe'en read here! Quite verbose, as novels of that time were, it takes awhile - a long while, to develop. Not one of my favourites.


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