Sunday, June 29
Book Review: Ethan Frome
Author: Edith Wharton
Summary: Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious and hypochondriac wife, Zeena. But when Zeena's vivacious cousin enters their household as a 'hired girl', Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent. In one of American fiction's finest and most intense narratives, Edith Wharton moves this ill- starred trio towards their tragic destinies
My Rating: 6.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: The writing was stunning, it pulled me into the book, made me want to keep reading, even if the story was one that had similarities to other stories out there, of the ill-fated lovers who are desperate at finding a way to be together.
Although the book wasn't the most original, it wasn't the biggest issue I had with the book. What I disliked the most where the characters. Zeena was a character I disliked, a lot. Both Matt and Ethan weren't very likeable either. And I found that none of the single characters had any depth or development to them. They were very, static and even though part of this was part of the story, it didn't work for me.
Overall, a wonderfully written book, but a less than satisfactory story.
Would I recommend it to read: I'm not sure if I would or not. If you haven't read the author and are unsure about her, this may be a good place to start but the story isn't exactly the most original one out there.
What to read next: This one, I'm not sure on. I'd say read more by the author if you enjoyed the writing.
Challenges: 100 Book Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge