Review: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Goodreads summary:

In seventeenth-century Boston, Hester Prynne shoulders the scorn of her fellow Puritan townsfolk for bearing a child out of wedlock. For her refusal to name the father of her daughter Pearl, Hester is made to wear a scarlet "A" stitched conspicuously upon her dress. But though she bears the stigma of the shame her peers would confer upon her, others feel the guilt for her transgression more acutely¬ónotably the pious Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the confessor with whom Hester and Pearl's destinies are intimately bound up.

First published in 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne's historical study of guilt and sin has since been lauded as the most important work of fiction by its distinguished author, and a landmark of American literature. This exquisite collectible edition features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, distinctive stained edging, and decorative marbled endpapers. It's the perfect gift for book-lovers and an artful addition to any home library.

 

My opinion:

I understand why this is an important classic, but I think the story could have been told differently. The characters were way to flat and those flashforwards made the storyline very boring as well. I don't mind the religeous aspects, because the story takes place in 17th century, but it was just really, really boring.

 

I'm still glad I finally read this book so I know what the book is about and I liked some parts such as ''feeling entirely alone in the world'' and judging other people and stuff, but even though the novel has only 233 pages, it took me way too long to read it and I would only recommend it in college when you're used to reading classics and not to high schoolers who even don't read that much. I didn't have to read it for school, but I just wanted to read it and that fact has made it an okay book for me.

 

Have you read The Scarlet Letter? Did you have to read it in school or not?