Genre- classics, romance, literature
Published in- 1911
Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious, and hypochondriac wife, Zeena. But when Zeena’s vivacious cousin enters their household as a “hired girl”, Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent.
In one of American fiction’s finest and most intense narratives, Edith Wharton moves this ill-starred trio toward their tragic destinies. Different in both tone and theme from Wharton’s other works, Ethan Frome has become perhaps her most enduring and most widely read novel.
This is less of a book review and more of a post to spread awareness about this book. Even though I really do like reading classics, I actually end up reading very few of them. This is one of those very few books. And, one of those even fewer books I loved like anything, and would like to re-read soon.
As much as the era in which it is set is quite enjoyable, there are many other factors which made this book a very pleasing read. The writing style makes you feel everything so vivid, such a quality at such an extent is a rarity in books. This makes one enjoy each and every word written in the book. It only made me feel that this little book should have been longer.
The characters are quite interesting. Even more interesting is the love triangle that is created between them. A husband getting attracted to another woman seems quite innocent here.
The story felt quite strong too. The manner of occurrence of events is quite delightful. One must usually get engrossed in such a wonderful book. The turn of events at the end is quite unexpected and it leaves you in awe.
For me, this book is exactly what I like to read. It has just about everything. I’ve never been more pleased to write a book review!
My rating- 5/5 stars 😃