Thursday, January 24, 2008
8. "Ethan Frome" - Edith Wharton
As I read this slender volume, I thought of all the 1910s women who did the same, perhaps crowding around fireplaces or parlor furniture and reading aloud.
It is a book that is meant to be read aloud to a group, to be shocked and feign adoration or disapproval or empathy. Or, if you agree with Anita Shreve, it is a book to admire forever. However, I felt it was overdramatic and suspended belief, though I would have adored it in 1912, sewing my sampler and squinting against the oil lamp.
2.0 out of 5.0 Old-Fashioneds.