Sunday, November 21, 2010
The Scarlet Letter
I think when one reads a "classic" novel at age 16 or 17 it is quite naturally a different experience than when reading it at 48. Still, when I read a novel, whether or not it is classic or just published last week, I read them the same way and look for the same sorts of things to satisfy my reading tastes. That is not to say that I expect them to read the same. Of course not. I value the era in which the novel was written. Thus I don't flinch at the use of the "n" word in Huckleberry Finn.
So overall, for me, this was a rather mediocre reading experience. I can appreciate Nathaniel Hawthorne's command of the language but it seems to me that he shows off when he writes. I thought much the same when I read The House of Seven Gables. The prose does describe a scene very well but its overabundance gets in the way of the story. The story itself is pretty straight forward by today's standards and yet still retains a hint of mystery and intrigue. So I'm glad I finally read this one but I'm looking forward to a bit more modern story telling in my next few choices.
Top 10 Books in no particular order (Well Known Authors)
- "The Stand" by Stephen King
- "Kane and Able" by Jeffrey Archer
- "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara
- "The Dark Elf Trilogy" by RA Salvatore
- "Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss
- "River God" by Wilbur Smith
- "Mortalis" by RA Salvatore
- "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card
- "Centennial" by James A Michener
- "The Repairman Jack" series by F. Paul Wilson