Ethan Frome - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Ethan Frome - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 112 Pages / Published: 26/04/2007
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The setting for this piercing New England novel is the aptly named Starkfield, where, despite violently blue skies, the chill of cold and snow seems also to settle inside the hearts of the people who live there. Tethered to his farm, first by helpless parents, later by his querulous, hypochondriac wife Zeena, Ethan Frome ekes out a bare subsistence. Then Zeena's cousin, the impoverished, enchanting Mattie Silver comes to work for them, and, in Mattie, Ethan's hopes and dreams are rekindled. Yet theirs is a forbidden love, hemmed in by Zeena's presence. The impossible intensity in which the three exist has devastating consequences...

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844083527
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 88 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 7 mm


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Edith Wharton is unique in the intimacy and sureness, not to mention the virile and satiric tone, with which she investigates this narrow and declining society * TLS *
Wharton's prose, with its menacing images of death and darkness, is superb. First published in 1911, it remains a hauntingly stark masterpiece * IRISH TIMES *

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“Very Good”

I do like this book and I would definitely recommend it. The only slight issue I have is that it ends too fast and not much really happens. It's like when you're telling something to a friend and you start... More

Paperback edition
16th March 2012
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“Bleak and Beautiful”

This short novel is Wharton's most loved work. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the harsh yet beautiful winter landscape. This is a sad story of lives unfulfilled but there is hope in this bleak tale.... More

Paperback edition
15th January 2010
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“Mesmerising”

I am completely and utterly in love with Edith Wharton! This is the second of her books that I have read in as many weeks and I don't know what kept me from her for so long.

Looking back through some of the... More

Paperback edition
19th October 2009
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