Thank you for popping by again this months to see what Random Book of the Month I have picked out of the Jar of Books. As always on the 6th day of each month.
This month I only had to pull out one book, as I haven’t read it for once. I have to say that the cover of this book doesn’t look very inspiring to me. So I hope you like my photo of the jar of books and my new plant that a friend kindly gave to me. It really does brighten up things now winter is here. Let me know what you think about this book and it cover.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn
Delve into The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s meditation on human alienation and its effect on the soul in this story set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts and be dazzled by literature.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s dark novel, The Scarlet Letter, a single sinful act ruins the lives of three people. None more so than Hester Prynne, a young, beautiful, and dignified woman, who conceived a child out of wedlock and receives the public punishment of having to always wear a scarlet “A” on her clothing.
She refuses to reveal the father of her child, which could lighten her sentence. Her husband, the aptly-named Roger Chillingworth, who Hester thought had died in a shipwreck but was actually being held captive by Native Americans, arrives at the exact moment of her deepest public shaming and vows to get revenge. Her lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, remains safely unidentified, but is wracked with guilt.
Though originally published in 1850, the story is set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts among Hawthorne’s Puritan ancestors. In The Scarlet Letter, he created a story that highlighted both their weaknesses and their strengths. His knowledge of their beliefs and his admiration for their way of life was balanced by his concerns about their rigid and oppressive rules.
Pages: 279. Publication Date: 16 March 1850