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I guess I was just not in the mood for this. I found the archaic language tedious, the moral dilemmas artificial and not very interesting, and the portrayal of Puritan society unrealistic; I also was repelled by the author's lengthy autobiographical digression about working in the custom-house at the start. Well, one more nineteenth-century classic that I will never have to pick up again...

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inulro
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
I failed to finish this a few years ago. It was when I was at my most ill and woolly-headed, though, so I have vague intentions of trying again.
nwhyte
Mar. 18th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't feel under any great compulsion to do so...
girfan
Mar. 18th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
We had to read it when I was in high school. I prefer other things he wrote, especially Rappaccini's Daughter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rappaccini%27s_Daughter) and House of Seven Gables.
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