#24: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I finished this book a month ago, but things have been so crazy that I forgot to write this post and was unable to finish the other books. But 24 books in 26 weeks isn’t too bad, right? I overestimated my ability to read during the crazy holiday time. And the fact that I was on Benadryl for an allergic reaction for half of it (aka sleeping 24/7) did not help.

I liked this a lot more than I expected. I was under the impression that this novel would be misogynistic since all I knew was that a woman had to wear the letter A for committing adultery. I figured it would be demeaning toward women, but in fact, in the end Hester Prynne was much better off than the men in her life (specifically her husband and the man she slept with) and her daughter was very successful as well. I guess I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, right?

In terms of writing style, I got used to it eventually but Hawthorne writes some pretty long sentences. This made it difficult to follow at times, but overall was pretty enjoyable considering it was written over 150 years ago. Well I’ve got a 2018 reading list to come up with so that’s all for The Scarlet Letter. Next post up should be up soon with my 2018 goals…

 

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