Friday, June 20, 2008
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter
1850, 2003, Barnes & Noble, New York
Set in early colonial America, this book centres around a woman guilty of the crime of adultery who is forced to wear a scarlet letter 'A' upon her breast. It's a tale of passion, jealousy and revenge.
I quite enjoyed this story. Although it was written in 1850 about the 1600s, the themes of human behaviour and relationships are still relevant and surprisingly potent. If this were a modern book, it would be described as being 'uncomfortably honest', however, the dated language leaves the modern reader at a distance.
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