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Scarlet Letter
Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hailed by Henry James as "the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country, " Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" reaches to our nation's historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth. With "The Scarlet Letter," Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic, a masterful exploration of humanity's unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 👍🏻 1mo
Eggs Thanks Misty ~ love you bunches 💘💘 1mo
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3.5 ⭐️s
My rating for this one is a bit odd. 😅 Normally I save picks for 4 ⭐️s and up, but it didn‘t feel right to give this another full star; it‘s better than a so-so.
I‘m very glad I read this. The film romanticized everything a bit too much for what truly is a tragic (albeit beautiful) story about revenge, redemption and being true to oneself despite societal pressures. I need to check out Easy A now to compare.
My first #Roll100 of February!

PuddleJumper Wahoo! Nicely done 5mo
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Mehso-so

I finally got around to reading this. I appreciate Hawthorne‘s prolific use of symbolism, but that renders this story a bit of a parable like Young Goodman Brown. I can‘t quite say I didn‘t enjoy some of the tension in anticipation of the climax, but overall, I feel like it‘s not so much a story as a philosophical musing on human emotion, morals and whether being outcast is necessarily punishment if you convince yourself it isn‘t. Meh.

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jpj7474
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I love Hawthorne because of the New England imagery it conjures in my mind.

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#Movie2BookRecs #emmastone 4. The Scarlet Letter was my favorite mandatory literature read in high school and made me obsessed with Nathanial Hawthorne for a long time. Easy A is such a fun movie spin on the book.

Klou I didn't know this was a retelling of a book. Great choice! 12mo
bio_chem06 @Klou it kind of reminds me of the reimagining of Emma as Clueless. 12mo
Klou @bio_chem06 omg! No way!! I didn't know that either! 12mo
Andrea313 One of my favorite modern adaptations, along with Clueless and 10 Things! ❤️🙌 12mo
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Day 5 #AwesomeApril #Readathon

Got almost three hours of reading done. Read The Scarlet Letter on and off during the day. I‘m almost finished this one.

Andrew65 Going great 👏👏👏 1y
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RayHallucinogen
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Nathaniel Hawthorne was a fine scribbler.

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KimberlyJuracich
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I actually loved this book. Probably one of my favorites we read in school.

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paulfrankspencer
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A re-read, but basically new. I've not read it since, idk, 10th grade?

A significant step forward in Hawthorne's novels. I've been told that his short stories are where it's at, but for now, I'll plod through the rest of the novels.

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paulfrankspencer
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"When we forgot our God - when we violated our reverence each for the other's soul"

A dreadful picture of how we tempt our fellow into sin, disregarding the terrible respect that we ought to have for eternal fate, glory or condemnation. Reminds me of Lewis' Weight of Glory. This thought has haunted and preserved me more than once, I believe. Respect for my other does more for my moral responsibility than many other, perhaps worthier, motivations.

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paulfrankspencer
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"I must tarry home..."

Read almost in unison with Daniel Martin Moore singing the same word, not one I hear too often...

https://youtu.be/cPkfDEotDfo

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paulfrankspencer
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"Save the long-sought regards of women, nothing is sweeter than these marks of childish preference, accorded spontaneously by a spiritual instinct, and therefore seeming to imply in us something truly to be loved."

The sweet, simple love of a child.

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Eggs
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Hester Prynne conceives a daughter through an affair and then struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Branded as an adulterer, she must wear the red letter A upon her garments. This was one of the first mass-produced books in America - it was popular when first published and is considered a classic work of American literature. It can be a bit dry in the middle with excess details that seem superfluous. #bookspinbingo

abandonedonearth I love this book. The first time I read it was when we studied it for English Literature at uni in the 1980s, and I‘ve read it several times since. 2y
Eggs Tried but did not finish at uni in 1970; totally different experience 50 years later... @abandonedonearth 2y
TheAromaofBooks This is a classic I've never gotten around to reading! 2y
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Elizabeth2 This was a required novel in high school for me (I can‘t remember what grade - either 11th or 12th). I loved it then. I wonder if I‘d have the same reaction today, 30 years later. 2y
Eggs @TheAromaofBooks @Elizabeth2 I understand why it falls into “classic” category but IMO there are so many others more recommendable. I listened to the audiobook which helped the experience 😊 2y
TheAromaofBooks That's pretty much how I felt about Moby-Dick when I finished it last month!! 2y
Eggs @TheAromaofBooks I read Moby in HS-meh. But that was 50+ years ago-maybe I‘d feel differently now 2y
TheAromaofBooks It was one of the few books I've read where I thought, “What would be really good is an abridged edition“ 😂 2y
Eggs @TheAromaofBooks Spark Notes 🤣😂🤣 2y
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BeaG
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#FridayFunwith451 @451Degrees Scarlet Letter was above me when I was in high school. When I reread it as an adult I knew why. LOL I had lived an overly sheltered life or I just didn‘t know about adult problems because I was clueless to adults having affairs. 🤦🏾‍♀️ That red letter traumatized me. LOL

451Degrees @BeaG I felt the same way! I need to reread it and really get a better appreciation for it but when I did read it I was like I don‘t get it. Thanks for the tag!💙 2y
BeaG @451Degrees I‘m glad I wasn‘t the only one. LOL I have reread it as an adult I was like, whoa. This is a great book. 2y
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A throng of bearded men, in sad-coloured garments and grey steeple-crowned hats, inter-mixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes.
#TheScarletLetter #NathanielHawthorne #firstline #openingline #book #books #bookhoarder #bookhoarders #bookhaul #bookhauler #bookholic #Classics #Fiction #HistoricalFiction 💘💘💘

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Follow.my.read
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Love these versions!!! Planning on ordering a few more!

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Hester‘s #dalliance is just one of many in the literary world, but probably one of the best known, thanks to the big red A she‘s forced to wear by her Puritan society. Which begs the question, if today we had to wear our sins on our chests for everyone to see, would we behave differently?
#beautifulwords

TheBookHippie In my town this is still true 🙄 only for “certain” “sins” (edited) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice!! 🖤 2y
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Rebekah_Wilson27
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In society, we tend to value the wrong things. People focus on material wealth or social reputation, rather than embracing the purity of the natural world.

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bookandbedandtea
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Good grief, y'all. There are many classics I love but Hawthorne is hard work! Generally, I read for pleasure and escape; I'm not sure I want to put this kind of effort into it. #ConsideringBailing

Texreader Yea, not one of my favorites in school and I will probably never read another one of his books. But I remember thinking this was an important theme he covered. 2y
Chrissyreadit I absolutely hated this book. 2y
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I hesitantly began reading this today at the request of a non litsy friend. Hesitantly because, while I haven't read it since HS, I distinctly remember not liking it. I only made it through the "custom house intro" today and it was an uphill job. Dude gave me a headache. I'm hoping now that I'm thru the into I'll like the body of the book more than my teenage self did. ?

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michellelav
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I enjoyed this audiobook. Nathaniel Hawthorne has a beautiful way of being descriptive. I found myself feeling like I was with Hester and Pearl♡ Both of these characters are so lovable ❤ I found the book kind of slow up until the last hour or so but still enjoyed it. 😊 I must admit that I did listen to this book because of Easy A 😂❤

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I loved that movie! And hey, whatever inspires you. 2y
michellelav @Riveted_Reader_Melissa If I need a good cheer up I can always count on Easy A 😂💕 2y
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michellelav
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Make sure you take the time to enjoy the sunshine ☀️🧡 We are listening to The Scarlet Letter 🎧📖

#dogsoflitsy #litsypets

JenReadsAlot So cute! 2y
michellelav @JenReadsAlot Thank you 🤗 2y
TheLibrarian What a cutie!! 2y
michellelav @TheLibrarian Thank you so much 😊💛 2y
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bio_chem06
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Obsessed with this podcast right now...

mollyrotondo Oooo what is this? 2y
bio_chem06 @mollyrotondo it's a podcast that discusses the classics. Really good. 2y
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mcctrish
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I‘ve started this on my Serial app. I‘m going to be home for a while. Our March Break trip to London 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 has been postponed until Christmas 🤞🏻and schools are closed until April 5 so we can get ahead of Covid 19. It might be too soon to say I‘ve been stockpiling books for just such an emergency my whole life, but it‘s true

Tamra I 💜 Scarlet Letter - a favorite. 2y
mcctrish @Tamra I‘m thinking I need a trip to Salem when I‘m done 2y
AmyG I have been stockpiling books, too. Hooray the prepared. 😳 2y
mcctrish @AmyG 💪🏻 2y
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LadyReader1982
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I hated this story, had to read for high school. It made me very depressed

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Panpan

This classic was my number 12 for the February #bookspin 📚Given to me by my aunt many years ago, I‘m glad I finally got around to it, if only to check it off my TBR and pass it on. Not my cup of tea.

TheAromaofBooks I've never read this classic! Sorry it didn't work out for you, but at least it's off the list!! 2y
Brewychock48 I read it in high school. I liked it. I am sorry you did not like it. Everybody has their own likes/dislikes. 😊🙋 2y
Susanita Due to some weird curriculum fluke I read this book two years in a row in high school. I couldn‘t even get through it the first time. 2y
ravenlee Have you seen the movie Easy A? It uses this book in a high school storyline that‘s pretty smart and funny. 2y
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Going into this book I was going to read it 5 stars, but as I kept reading it things bothered me as I was reading it.
The person who had this book before me they underlined Ivory sentence in every chapter of this book that annoy me very much because I find that disrespectful and not just to the author but to the publishers and how Hester kept poking fun at womens body's in the book I found very degrading to women and disrespectful.

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OriginalCyn620
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This one stayed with me long after afterwards. #readinhighschool #gratefulreads

Tamra A favorite! 3y
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Liz_M
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#7days7covers No explanation. #covercrush Day 3

@mhillis, you've posed some lovely covers in the past. Post 7 covers you love over 7 days, no explanation needed, tag a litten each day.

Liz_M @WomanRoars, if you're still out there, this one is your fault. 😃 (edited) 3y
mhillis Thank you! Ok I‘ll start tomorrow💕 3y
WomanRoars Bahaha they‘re the best! 3y
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The themes of The Scarlet Letter are pretty timeless; it‘s not hard to see why it‘s been adapted a few million times. It‘s a good one to talk about at parties, but the way it‘s written isn‘t all that engaging (Hawthorne desperately needed an editor). I probably won‘t read it again, but you should give it a go if you‘re into an old-timey Gilmore Girls. Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-scarlet-letter-nathaniel-hawthorne/

paulfrankspencer Old-timey Gilmore Girls. Ha! 3y
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Hester‘s curiosity & mischievousness got the best of her, and I had to make the hard decision to let her go.
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She wasn‘t around for a long time, but she definitely made it a good time.
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I couldn‘t be there with her because I‘m 8,000 miles away on a layover in South Korea while strangers stare at me as I cry. But I‘m lucky she‘s been so well cared for by a great vet team and loved by her second-favorite human.
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#dogsoflitsy #hester #sanchester

Kayla.Adriena Sorry for your loss 😢 3y
Megabooks I‘m so terribly sorry!! 😓 3y
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BookwormAHN So sorry for your loss 😿 3y
erank58 I'm so sorry 😢 I lost mine not too long ago 3y
JoScho I am so very sorry for your loss. Losing a pet leaves a hole in your heart and home. Sending love 🖤 3y
Karkar Thinking of you during this hard time. So sorry for your loss. 3y
Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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Okay, so every time I hear the song #pocketfulofsunshine, I think of the movie Easy A, where Emma Stone hates the song but gets hooked on it over the course of a weekend. So funny! And of course, Easy A is a modern take on the tagged book. #songsofsummer

StayCurious Awesome 😁 3y
Andrea313 This was my initial thought, too. 😆 I love this movie! 3y
ravenlee Same association! I read somewhere that the songwriter ran into Emma Stone somewhere and told her she loved the way they handled the song in the movie. 3y
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OriginalCyn620 @ravenlee That‘s so cool! ❤️ 3y
OriginalCyn620 @Andrea313 IDK how someone could see the movie and not associate that song with it afterwards! I love it too! (edited) 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ☀️☀️☀️ 3y
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StayCurious
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#30junebooks @howjessreads #uglycover I am definitely judging these books by their covers! This prompt was tough because I love pretty books and most of what I have in my library is nice. I had to go into our pile for goodwill to find these classics. What were the publishers thinking?

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#riotgrams

When it comes to #hardcovervspaperback my collection seems to suggest that I‘m on the side of the paperback. Out of over two hundred books, less than two dozen are hardcover. Not sure why this huge discrepancy, other than frugality?

Anyway, the photo is of a rare case where I decided to replace an existing edition (blue) with a new one (red)... but haven‘t gotten rid of the existing yet. 😳

Tamra For me it‘s frugality and ease of reading - I find soft covers easier to tote and hold. 3y
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Wasn‘t supposed to buy any new books this year till I‘d finished the ones already on my shelf... then I did a long distance swimming event and came in under my “stretch goal” time, and now here we are with this #bookoutlethaul

The Scarlet Letter is the only one I‘ve already read, and as one of my all time favourites, I needed to add it to my collection. I do have a copy, but it‘s in a bind up with other SUPER BORING Hawthorne books.

readordierachel Love that edition! 😍 3y
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This is one of those days I‘m really glad books come in all shapes and sizes. Yes, e-books are awesome & I never leave home without one but when you have a pint-sized copy of the tagged book you can shove in your bag, why not?!? I don‘t know how much reading time I‘ll have today but I‘m ready!

Tamra In my list of all time favorites! 3y
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Great night at the theatre. Saw the first preview of Theatre Calgary‘s production of Hawthorne‘s The Scarlet Letter (adaptation by Phyllis Nagy). I would highly recommend seeing it if you can. #yyc

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A throng of bearded men, in sad-coloured garments and grey steeple-crowned hats, inter-mixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes.
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ladyonequestion ❤️ One of my favourite books 3y
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