Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome Long considered one of Wharton s greatest works this classic novel is a sharply etched portrait of the simple inhabitants of a th century New England village Written with stark simplicity Ethan Fr

  • Title: Ethan Frome
  • Author: Edith Wharton Anita Shreve
  • ISBN: 9780451527660
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • Long considered one of Wharton s greatest works, this classic novel is a sharply etched portrait of the simple inhabitants of a 19th century New England village Written with stark simplicity, Ethan Frome centers on the power of local convention to smother the growth of the individual Includes new Introduction by Anita Shreve.
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    • Brina says:

      Because March is women's history month, I made it a point to only read women authors over the course of the month. As the month winds to a close, I have visited many places and cultures, learning about historical events from a female perspective. Yet, to observe women's history month, it would not be complete with paying homage to classic authors. In this regard, I decided to read Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton's tragic novella. Ethan Frome of Starkfield, Massachusetts has known much tragedy in his [...]

    • Jeffrey Keeten says:

      “He seemed a part of the mute melancholy landscape, an incarnation of it's frozen woe, with all that was warm and sentient in him fast bound below the surface; but there was nothing nothing unfriendly in his silence. I simply felt that he lived in a depth of moral isolation too remote for casual access, and I had the sense that his loneliness was not merely the result of his personal plight, tragic as I guessed that to be, but had in it, as Harmon Gow had hinted, the profound accumulated cold [...]

    • dead letter office says:

      This is a romantic tragedy that culminates in a sledding accident. I will just say a few brief words about that. First, there is probably a reason that sledding accidents don't figure more prominently in tragedies. Shakespeare wrote like 13 tragedies and to the best of my knowledge none featured a sledding accident (I have not read Titus Andronicus, so I can't be sure). If Shakespeare doesn't need to include a sled wreck, then neither do you.I will also say that I found Ethan and Mattie's attemp [...]

    • karen says:

      spoilers?? what spoilers??i have changed my stance on the cover. a) initially, i thought that it was showing an altogether different type of activity, and then b) when ariel called it a spoiler, i reinterpreted it to something else and was still wrong, and then c) everything that may potentially be spoiled is pretty much spelled out in the first ten pages. so is that a spoiler, or is that foreshadowing?? tomato, potatowhat is so excellent about this book is that it is not at all a depressing boo [...]

    • Fabian says:

      Magnificent, spectacular I somehow always feel I must assign many types of superlatives to the magnificent & spectacular Edith Wharton! Definitely top ten writers of ALL TIME contender. Her best is "Age of Innocence," and her not-as-much (personally, alas) is "House of Mirth", but sandwiched between them is this tense novella about the restrictions of "unconventional" feeling. And it has the type of invigorating force that compels the reader to do his one job and do it good. I adore this sli [...]

    • George says:

      "Hey Mrs. Kinetta, are you still inflicting all that horrible Ethan Frome damage on your students?" - John Cusack, Grosse Pointe Blank If you're looking for a book with an ever-increasing level of misery, this one is hard to beat. Try this test the next time you're with a group of your friends: just mention "Ethan Frome" out loud, and see how many of them groan audibly.

    • Henry Avila says:

      In the bleak setting of 1880's Starkfield, appropriately named, (Lenox, western Massachusetts) where it always seems like perpetual winter, and its cold, dark, gloomy, ambiance, a poor, uneasy farmer, Ethan Frome, 28, is all alone, his mother has just died, the woman who took good care of her, Zenobia (Zeena) Pierce, is about to leave, though seven years junior to the lady, he purposes, she accepts gladly and the biggest mistake he believes, of his life, occurs. Zeena, not a beauty, likes nursin [...]

    • Jan-Maat says:

      Just when you think that it's safe to kiss someone you're not married to, just then, disaster lurks barely a sledge ride away!Ethan Frome is remarkable, in probability wrongly, in my mind for its relentless bleakness. This is an American novella, by an American author in which there is no escape. The West is there, but the protagonist can't afford the journey. This an impoverished landscape, the modest hero ploughs an infertile furrow. An ungallant way to refer to a marriage, but there you go, i [...]

    • Duane says:

      I had already read most of Edith Wharton's major novels by the time I got around to reading Ethan Frome, and I was surprised by how different it was. Where did this come from? Wharton came from the high society of New York City which she so adeptly portrayed in The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. Ethan Frome was set in a small New England town aptly named Starkville, and concerns the life of a poor farmer and his unhappy marriage. His wife's cousin comes to live with them, Ethan falls i [...]

    • Trish says:

      They stood together in the gloom of the spruces, an empty world glimmering about them wide and gray under the stars.The perfect soundtrack for this novel: "I Need My Girl" by The National.Wow, I'm speechless. It's ten past midnight and I just couldn't go to sleep without finishing this story. Don't let its size fool you, every page of this book is full of raw emotion that will leave you feeling heavy and achy all over. The writing is so elegant and the prose, every word, every phrase was thought [...]

    • Shovelmonkey1 says:

      I have been on a bit of a four-star roll recently and am beginning to fear that I accidentally pressed against my generous ratings button when I was slumped against the bookcase last week trying to figure out what to read next. It's cold and dreary outside and I was seeking something warm and fuzzy, maybe a bit light hearted or some sort of serial fantasy to see me through the onset of the winter months. and then my hand brushed by the spine of Ethan FromeWhich is clearly none of the things I wa [...]

    • Julie says:

      Sparse prose is sexy.Sexy. And that's why I've given it a special shelf on my page, called a buck and change.Guess what else sparse prose is?Rare.That's why I have only seven books on there.Why? Why are these precious books that fall under 200 pages so rare?Because writers tend to overwrite everything.But not Edith Wharton, the queen of sparse prose. And Ms. Wharton, though she may appear stolid in her old black and white portraits, was one sexy lady.She manages in Ethan Frome to take one anti-h [...]

    • susie says:

      Finally, I have the right word for this predicament: When a capable author uses her prowess to create a work whose sole purpose seems to be to depress the reader, it can be described as Frome. This word can also be used as a verb, noun, adjective (Frome-ish, Frome-ier, etc), adverb (Frome-ly), etc. to similarly describe the effect it has on the reader, (ie, "I was Fromed.") An example used in a sentence may be: "John Steinbeck was clearly suffering from a touch of the Frome when he penned The Pe [...]

    • Jason Koivu says:

      Jesus H Christ but this is bleak stuff! Even the town name Wharton chose, Starkfield.holy shit, hide the guns, rope and knives!I was born and raised in New England, wandering about the wooded, hilly landscapes of Massachusetts, Vahmont, New Hampshah and Maine for much of my youth. The springs and summers were green and alive. The autumns and winters were dark and dead. So half the year was glorious, good times and the other half you spent desperately trying to survive while wondering if it would [...]

    • Phrynne says:

      This one is short but sweet and very quick to read. I understand that lots of American readers were 'forced' to read it at school and therefore groan when they hear the title, but I was in an English school and I do not remember a single American author being allowed onto our English literature syllabus at that time. I hope things have changed since.So everything Edith Wharton is new to me and I like some, including Ethan Frome and Summer and am not so keen on others, including The Age of Innoce [...]

    • Erika says:

      For me, this novel is not Wharton’s best work, but still scores an easy 4 stars. She is that great.Ethan Frome is a farmer married to a woman he dislikes so intensely that he blows out the candle before undressing so he doesn’t have to look at her when he gets into bed. And Zenobia is truly horrible. She’s a manipulative, self-absorbed, black hole of negativity who suffers from vaguely described “shooting pains” that keep her from doing any real work. Partly to help Zeena out, the coup [...]

    • B0nnie says:

      *Spoilers, proceed with caution*. This very sad tale Ethan Fromeis an account of the life of Zenobia Frome, ‘Zeena’. She was named after the great Roman queen who led a revolt against the empire - somewhat like Princess Leia. Zeena had sacrificed her life to the man she loved, Ethan Frome. However, he repaid her by having a secret love affair with Zeena’s pennyless and lazy cousin, Matty, to whom Zeena had given a home. She was pretty, and knew when to flutter her eyelashes. But poor Zeena [...]

    • Johnny says:

      Ever read a book as required reading (in high school or college) and then, rediscover it as an adult? Ethan Frome had receded to the dark recesses of my mind such that I had even forgotten that I had read it. I remembered reading Age of Innocence, but good old Ethan had left my mental building. When my youngest son left his retired textbook edition at my house (an old Scribner’s edition in trade paperback priced at $1.25 original price—oh for those days again!), I grudgingly put it on one of [...]

    • Lindsey says:

      This book is a good one to read if you live with someone who has also read it. This way, any time there is a lull in the conversation you can talk about how depressing it is. Conversations between me and my roommate often go something like this: "You know what I was just thinking about? Ethan Frome." "GOD. That book is so depressing." "I know, right." The book is not only enjoyable, but also a great conversation piece. Do not read it if you cannot stand unhappy endings.

    • Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

      I started reading this on the Serial Reader app but finally paid for the full version so I didn't have to wait so long to finish it."Guess he's been in Starkfield too many winters."I read this long ago, in 8th or 9th grade. I imagine we were assigned this at that age because it was a short novel, more of a novella, but it could not possibly have been as meaningful without having lived through some life first. Probably back then we were looking at Ethan and the symbols of winter, but this time ar [...]

    • Karen G says:

      Haunting, tragic tale of forbidden love

    • Glenn Sumi says:

      For over a decade, I’ve wanted to read Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome in the winter. I’m one of those folks who likes to time reading a book with the season in which the book is set.This year, I finally got around to it. I think what had prevented me from finishing the book before was the narrative device Wharton uses. You know the one: the narrator comes upon a scene, spots the central character, and then somehow gets enough information to tell the main tale. (See also: Wuthering Heights.)Th [...]

    • ❀Julie says:

      There is a lot of emotion packed into this haunting cautionary tale of forbidden love.  Set in old fashioned (circa early 1900’s) rural Massachusetts, it is written of the poor society, unlike other books I’ve read by this author.  It is a thought provoking read and addresses hardships and the moral choices made despite them.  The characters Ethan and Mattie were developed in such a way that the reader has compassion for them despite their moral dilemma of Ethan’s difficult marriage.   [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      “He seemed a part of the mute melancholy landscape, an incarnation of it's frozen woe, with all that was warm and sentient in him fast bound below the surface; but there was nothing nothing unfriendly in his silence. I simply felt that he lived in a depth of moral isolation too remote for casual access, and I had the sense that his loneliness was not merely the result of his personal plight, tragic as I guessed that to be, but had in it, as Harmon Gow had hinted, the profound accumulated cold [...]

    • j says:

      If you told me this was a longish deleted segment of Winesburg, Ohio, I would totally believe you, even taking into account the fact that one of the books was written by Sherwood Anderson and the other by Edith Wharton. Like the stories in that much revered short story cycle (no not novel), Ethan Frome concerns itself with grim characters burdened by unfulfilled dreams, dreams unfulfilled because of the strictures of society or their own inability to truly sieze the day. A chilly atmosphere, a g [...]

    • Helle says:

      This novel wrenched my heart in a way that I had not seen coming! For a novel that has only a few austere characters, whose nearest town is called Starkfield and which takes place in a bleak, wintry and isolated countryside, it packed a surprising punch, more than the other novels I’ve read by Wharton, most of which take place in upper-class, dazzling New York, a setting which most people, me included, would find much more compelling. In the beginning I practically swooned at Wharton’s exqui [...]

    • Perry says:

      Much Like a Fairy Tale Sans Magic or Fantasy Characters The bleak winter setting and harshly cold town folk frame Wharton's fable offering a moral for both adulterous commoners and sloppy sledders. An A- for mood and background; otherwise, this doesn't rate a comparison to Edith Wharton's outstanding social novels, The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence, aimed at the moneyed muscid.

    • Sandy (CA) says:

      This story tore my heart out. Quite appropriately, I finished listening to the audiobook on a frosty winter day following a heavy overnight snowfall. Gazing out at the white landscape from my warm and comfortable place, I pondered this strange tale (which took place in another - a fictitious - winter setting) and grasped for some pearl of wisdom or kernel of truth with which to soothe my heart.Ethan Frome could have been a contemporary of ours. He entered adulthood optimistically -- with a dream [...]

    • Jason says:

      The first time I read Ethan Frome was in the ninth or tenth grade. I remember sitting in Mr. Guevremont’s American Lit class listening to people drone on about how miserable everyone’s life is at the end of the book, especially Ethan’s. How pityingly we must feel for the man who has lost everything—and worse than that, has assumed in its place a smorgasbord of further let-downs. Ethan Frome is not even afforded the decency of remembering Mattie as she once was, but now has to endure—as [...]

    • Jacob says:

      August 2012(view spoiler)[Ethan Frome vs. Moby-Dick: A ComparisonCaptain Ahab•Lost his leg in whaling accident•Spent the rest of his life seeking revengeEthan Frome•Crippled in sledding accident•Spent the rest of his life not seeking revengeSorry, Ether (may I call you Ether?), but I think Ahab wins this round. (hide spoiler)]Good news, everyone!Or rather, good news, everyone who had to read Ethan Frome in high school or college and developed a fanatical hatred of Edith Wharton and all h [...]

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