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A Blithedale Romance The Blithedale Romance draws upon the author s experiences at Brook Farm the short lived utopian community where Hawthorne spent much of Blithedale Happy Valley another would be modern Arcadia

  • Title: A Blithedale Romance
  • Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
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  • Page: 148
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  • A Blithedale Romance By Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance draws upon the author s experiences at Brook Farm, the short lived utopian community where Hawthorne spent much of 1841 Blithedale Happy Valley , another would be modern Arcadia, is the stage for Hawthorne s grimly comic tragedy Henry James famously called the novel the lightest, the brightest, the liveliest of Hawthorne s unhumorous fictions The Blithedale Romance draws upon the author s experiences at Brook Farm, the short lived utopian community where Hawthorne spent much of 1841 Blithedale Happy Valley , another would be modern Arcadia, is the stage for Hawthorne s grimly comic tragedy Henry James famously called the novel the lightest, the brightest, the liveliest of Hawthorne s unhumorous fictions In his introduction, Robert S Levine considers biographical and historical contexts and offers a fresh appreciation of the novel s ironic first person narrator
    The Blithedale Romance The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Blithedale Romance is a story of such a community and a reminder that achieving heaven on earth will always be beyond our reach Nathaniel Hawthorne experienced this The Blithedale Romance Hawthorne, Nathaniel Jan , Primarily set on communal farm in its early stages of development, and based on Hawthorne s own experiences living on such a farm in his early life, The Blithedale Romance addresses the issues of city versus country life a central aspect of everyday life in the rapid growth of the United States , the early seeds of women s liberation and the rise of the independent woman, spirituality and its fringe elements The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne Plot Summary Miles Coverdale is about to abandon his comfortable bachelor pad in mid th century Boston to start a new life and help launch a new rural utopian community called Blithedale A number of young and popular intellectuals will be going there at The Blithedale Romance Nathaniel Hawthorne LitGo ETC The Blithedale Romance is the third of the major novels of Nathaniel Hawthorne Much of the action of the novel is set at Blithedale, a utopian socialist community that is founded upon anti capitalist ideals, yet is destroyed by the self interested behavior of its members. The Blithedale Romance Summary GradeSaver The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne Free Ebook Feb , The Blithedale Romance Language English LoC Class PS Language and Literatures American and Canadian literature Subject Autobiographical fiction Subject Psychological fiction Subject Farm life Fiction Subject Massachusetts Fiction Subject Collective farms Fiction Subject Communal living Fiction Category Text EBook No The Project Gutenberg E text of The Blithedale Romance, by The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Blithedale Romance, by Nathaniel Hawthorne This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever You may copy it, give it away or re use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at gutenberg Title The The Blithedale Romance Chapters Summary and Analysis Mr Coverdale heads back to his apartment after seeing an exhibition of the Veiled Lady, a phenomenon in the mesmeric line who is rud to be a beautiful young woman, when he is met by a reserved older man named Mr Moodie who asks if may have a word He asks if Coverdale is going to Blithedale tomorrow, to which Coverdale assents.

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    1. I usually start my book selections without reading about them or about the authors, but this time I read the Wiki entry for Nathaniel Hawthorne before beginning The Blithedale Romance I cannot decide if that was a good idea or a spoiler This book was based on his own short time spent in the utopian community known as Brook Farm, but when I read the article about his life and a separate article about the community, I was surprised to see that he did not believe in the enterprise, he had simply ho [...]

    2. Rating 3.25 of fiveI read this as part of the RL book circle s festivities I can t really say I enjoyed it, though I admired it I thiink I learned a lot from itr example, there is no new idea anywhere under the sun Hawthorne really no touchstone for Hawthorne wrote of such familiar characters to any modern reader, the creepy pseudo spiritual control freak, the conflicted feminist, the wishy washy eternal follower, that it really feels like the book could have been written yesterday.In the author [...]

    3. Flat out my favorite Hawthorne, though I end up teaching THE SCARLET LETTER a lot This is probably his one work that feels very contemporary, what with the commune setting and the very relevant gender dynamics The characters are at once stock figures and yet somehow deeply real Miles, the proto Nick Carraway Priscilla, the light girl the monomaniacal Hollingsworth and, of course, Zenobia, the dark woman and ambiguous symbol of feminism Part of what makes this one fun is that you can debate the [...]

    4. Hawthorne s mellifluous voice is clearly recognizable here, but I did not like this as much as The Scarlet Letter Coverdale, as a narrator, is a passive presence and at times is somewhat of a creeper He is ultimately outside the circle of true action and from his own account, never accomplishes much of anything with his life The other characters are difficult to get a true fix on due to the unreliability of Coverdale s reportage There are some insightful psychological observations made, but my p [...]

    5. Mankind has always had, and will always have, a penchant for utopian dreams of one sort or another It may be that the frustrations of living in an imperfect world cause some to seek a new way of life, by forming a community of like minded optimists, to live closer to the earth and pursue common ideals The Blithedale Romance is a story of such a community and a reminder that achieving heaven on earth will always be beyond our reach Nathaniel Hawthorne experienced this setting in real life, when h [...]

    6. I d read The Scarlet Letter a few years ago and really enjoyed it so was expecting another strongly delivered story with this offering.Found it difficult to invest in the characters on offer, didn t find the characters or their actions particularly appealing I did enjoy the glimpses of farming life at Blithedale and appreciated the ideals behind the experimental community and reasons for it s foundation.One of those novels that promises much but doesn t quite deliver Read the free kindle edition [...]

    7. The I read Hawthorne, the I like him the person I believe him to have been He has a nice bite, as evidenced by the following passage, narrated by Coverdale who is equated with Hawthorne that made me cackle aloud While our enterprise lay all in theory, we had pleased ourselves with the delectable visions of the spiritualization of labor It was to be our form of prayer and ceremonial worship Each stroke of the hoe was to uncover some aromatic root of wisdom, heretofore hidden from the sun Pausin [...]

    8. This review contains some spoilers Well, this was an odd piece of work This was my first Hawthorne, and while his writing made me want to read his other books, this particular book left me.I don t know I finished it with interest, but at the same time, I felt removed Hawthorne begins with a disclaimer that the events and people were not based on real life Since everyone knew of his time at Brook Farm a Utopian socialist community , this naturally caused everyone to be especially attuned to how m [...]

    9. After reading The Scarlet Letter years ago in school, and now The House of Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance in relatively close conjunction, there seems to be a common theme running throughout much of Hawthorne s longer fiction namely, the deep and abiding mistrust in ideas of utopia, progress or perfectibility, especially of the human kind Hawthorne came from a long line of Puritans, one of whom even presided over some of the Salem witch trials Now writing on the cusp of the Civil War, h [...]

    10. Free download available at Project Gutenberg.Page 5 The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one s self a fool the truest heroism is to resist the doubt and the profoundest wisdom to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed.Page 29 When, as a consequence of human improvement, said I, the globe shall arrive at its final perfection, the great ocean is to be converted into a particular kind of lemonade, such as was fashionable at Paris [...]

    11. I loved the prose style and the ambiguity of Miles Coverdale, the narrator, who is aptly named The narrative arc is not atypical of romance, but the novel turns out to be of a psychological portrait of Coverdale than a finely polished example of the genre I started the book with the idea that it would be a comment on the Brook Farm commune popularized by 19th century American transcendentalism, and maybe it is in a very subtle way, but I found myself stretching to make a finding on that count I [...]

    12. the three stars are all for the consummate writing skill that hawthorne commands, but with this novel i ve come to realize i don t really like his novels i like his short stories, and i think he was attracted to that form, in his time a new one that he helped define in the US, because i feel he chafed against the conventions of the novel in his day as with what i experienced in reading the house of the seven gables, the prose of the blithedale romance is dense, molasses thick, and while artful, [...]

    13. Although the most singular thing about the book is its setting in, and critique of, a New England Transcendentalist utopian community of the mid 19th century, of just the sort Hawthorne was briefly associated with, it is also very much a somewhat melodramatic story typical of its era, with misplaced love, misunderstood parentage and other such confusions which are gradually revealed Not that the portrayal of middle class idealists who don t know which way to hold a hoe trying to get back to the [...]

    14. This novel made me think of Shakespeare s so called problem plays with their uneasy mixture of light and dark themes Hawthorne s third novel mixes satiric and tragic moods and they don t fully merge either Here, the narrator, Miles Coverdale, a self satisfied bachelor who likes his comfort and his drinks, sets out on a summer s sojourn to Blithedale, a back to the land commune But he can quickly become serious, looking forward to getting away from the falsehood,, formality, and error, like all t [...]

    15. I fell in love with Hawthorne s books and short stories when I was in junior high school Twenty years later he continues to be on my list of top ten favorites His novels strike me as incredibly modern and relevant to modern day life.The Blithedale Romance has many elements in common with the much sillier novel Tommy s Tale by Alan Cumming The events at Blithedale a commune in the woods are laid out in chronological order by Miles Coverdale who proves to be as unreliable a narrator as Tommy Clove [...]

    16. This book started out with so much promise, it makes me sad that it ended up falling so short of the mark It began with some surprisingly modern themes, but did very little to make good use of them The whole story is told first person by a very unlikable and unreliable narrator, an elitist young man who thinks of himself as being very clever although he loses every intellectual debate he opens his mouth in and heroic although he becomes very ill almost immediately and is constantly plagued by bo [...]

    17. Hawthorne tells the story of a New England commune As one would expect, it is at first filled with high social ideals and grand utopian hopes But it gradually disintegrates not due to external pressures, avarice, or the limitations of socialist economics, but due to the force of personal relationships and histories Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the novel is that it reifies this disintegration by shifting its own narrative into gothic melodrama Mysterious histories and hidden relationshi [...]

    18. I read it for my English class I can t say it was terrible, but, stylistically, I wan t into it I m not too into Romantic literature There are a few interesting parts, but on the whole I never really identified with any of the characters I suppose the premise is interesting the story of a utopia called Blithedale, and the ways in which people morph themselves to fit this new life Perhaps it s one of those cases where the idea is better than the actual thing I don t know, all of it is just rather [...]

    19. Never did so many dependent clauses sound as sweet as a flute a lovely display of language, dark romanticism, humor, and depth the combination of which carried me away to higher loves, cavernous chills, and laughter Indeed, how joyous to find this manifestation of a character that feels both idealism and cynicism so deeply, to which one thrives and grows by its relationship to the other And from it, a deep beauty that captures that glimpse of the eternal, of essence behind form, of primordial my [...]

    20. This remains one of the finest examples of literature, not just of the 19th century but of all time Actually, I don t know if that s true, but I do know that I researched Brook Farm like crazy after reading this book, and I had an unbridled enthusiasm for months to come about communes, and starting one One day, I proclaimed to anyone who would listen, I would make that dream of a utopian intellectual society REAL, dammit Then I realized I knew nothing about farming, and I really liked Dunkin Don [...]

    21. To put it mildly, Hawthorne can be a bit of a slog And I was definitely prepared for that with this lesser known work I was, however, pleasantly surprised Not only is it a faster paced, less obtuse work than some he s done, it s also a delightfully Gothic mystery and an interesting commentary on philanthropy and utopianism It s certainly not as memorable as The Scarlet Letter, but it s a nice little read.

    22. While the plot structure is standard early American fiction and the character development could use an infusion of depth, what really makes this book sing is its narrative structure I m a sucker for unreliable narrators, and Miles Coverdale is one of the best examples of this kind of storytelling.

    23. I read this book for a class I am taking currently on the Transcendentalists and their contemporaries I was resistant to reading it at first, but found that I really liked Hawthorne He is a very skilled writer, and it had a great, surprise ending Since it is based slightly on Hawthorne s experiences with Brook Farm, it gives an interesting point of view as to why he believes it failed.

    24. In his most autobiographical work, Hawthorne takes aim not at his ancestors but at the utopian reformers that populated mid nineteenth century New England The work presents a scathing indictment of faddish intellectualism rooted in the breakdown of the Calvinist socio cultural milieu that defined New England in the colonial and Early Republic era The work s protagonist, Miles Coverdale, serves as narrator and avatar for an obviously disillusioned but quickened Hawthorne.

    25. I enjoyed this, although I was disappointed there wasn t about transcendentalism and the communal life in it The self sufficient community is just a backdrop for a love triangle with assorted hangers on, one of whom is our unreliable and sometimes blatantly hypocritical narrator It s a much easier read than The Scarlet Letter.

    26. I m not a fan of Hawthorne, and this isn t his best book, but the description of the Utopian experiment at Blithedale is interesting historically But I m not going to drag myself through the whole book

    27. The story of the experiment of Blithedale farm is really the story of four characters, none of which is fully fleshed out Hawthorne writes well, but the plot of this novel is lacking substance.

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