Summary

Probably the most famous of Edith Wharton's novels, Ethan Frome contrasts sharply with her usual ironic contemplation of the fashionable New York society to which she herself belonged and whose strengths and weaknesses she understood so well. Ethan Frome is a keenly-etched portrait of the simple inhabitants of a 19th-century New England village. Ethan, a gaunt, patient New Englander, is a man tormented by a passionate love for his wife's young cousin, Mattie. Restricted by the bonds of marriage and the fear of public condemnation, his desperate quest for happiness ultimately leads to pain and despair. Ethan's story, with its tragic implications of what might have been, has had an irresistible fascination over the past century.
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4 out of 5 stars
By remuera on 20-06-16

An informative book about life in an earlier time and different land.

This book has very good writing but is so sad for all the three main characters. It is very informative about the lifestyle of people of a different land and the difficulties they face.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Korinda on 10-02-08

excellently narrated

The narrator did an excellent job of portraying the Edith Wharton's classic. She kept a good pace throughout the story. This is one of Edith Wharton's shorter works that I highly recommend.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sher from Provo on 10-08-10

Kind of a downer

What an odd little story. This is a book I have had on my list for a long, long time. I must say it was a little disappointing. The irony of the ending makes it worth the read, but I just had a hard time caring about these characters. I'm glad it was a short book because I couldn't have handled much more. I have two more Edith Wharton books on my to-read list, but I'm not sure now if I'll ever read them.

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