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Extended Audio Sample The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wanda McCaddon Click for printable size audiobook cover
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A gloomy New England mansion provides the setting for this classic exploration of ancestral guilt and its expiation through the love and goodwill of succeeding generations. Nathaniel Hawthorne drew inspiration for this story of an immorally obtained property from the role his forebears played in the seventeenth-century Salem witch trials. Built over an unquiet grave, the House of the Seven Gables carries a dying man’s curse that blights the lives of its residents for over two centuries. Now Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon, an iron-hearted hypocrite and intellectual heir to the mansion’s unscrupulous founder, is attempting to railroad a pair of his elderly relatives out of the house. Only two young people stand in his way—a visiting country cousin and an enigmatic boarder skilled in mesmerism. Hawthorne envisioned this family drama of evil, revenge, and resolution as a microcosm of Salem’s own history as in idealistic society corrupted by greed and pride. His enduring view of the darkness at the heart of the national soul has made The House of the Seven Gables a landmark of American literature.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Katherine | 2/13/2014

    " All that I feel for this particular work can be summed up in one, succinct sentence: I loathed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sandra Hestand | 1/6/2014

    " This could have been better than okay if Hawthorne would have just learned to get to the point! Ugh "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather Davis | 1/2/2014

    " This is not a weekend quick read. This is a book to read slowly to better absorb the beauty and intricacy of the language. As far as plot, no major twists or roller coaster rides that so many of this era of readers have come to expect. The depth is in the message and the mastery of the words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caitlin Bender | 12/7/2013

    " Hawthorne's style is rather difficult but he tells a good tale. The tale could have been just as good with fewer pages. "

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