Tuesday, January 7, 2014

3:120 Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Read for high schooler's book club.  Ethan Frome is a well known person around the town of Starkfield but no one is close to him although all feel sorry for him to some extant, especially since "the accident" which has cost him the full use of the left side of his body.  Over time our narrator, an outsider new to the town, manages to piece together what happened to Ethan and shares the story with us.  We see Ethan go from a man of little means but one who manages to find joy and hope in the company of his wife's cousin, Mattie, to a man who is lost and pitiable.

Interesting technique with most of the book being told as a flashback and I admit, that while I had guessed at most of what was to happen (lovely use of foreshadowing), I didn't guess it all.  It's a tragic tale but extremely well told and while I understand it's much different than Ms. Wharton's usual style and subject matter, I'm looking forward to reading more books by her.

Page count: 160p/564p ytd/181,622p lifetime

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