So it has been MONTHS since I last posted. I got a new job last year and it has been a little time consuming. I’m still reading a lot but updating the blog has fallen to the wayside. That said, I’m going to try and be better about updating.
So onto Ethan Frome…
One day in high school, my sophomore English teacher overheard me gossiping about some show on the WB (that’s the old CW for you youngsters) and said that if I like “those kinds of shows” I would love The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. Long story short, I hated The House of Mirth. I wanted to like it as I was fond of the teacher but I just could not get into it. Recently, I’ve wondered if I didn’t like it because it was “assigned” and I had six other classes and homework and sports and I couldn’t give it my full attention. A co-worker LOVES Edith Wharton and has been telling me to try her again. So I picked up Ethan Frome and I won’t lie it was great. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Clearly, I misjudged Ms. Wharton and her writing. Her characters are well-drawn, the story is intriguing and it was difficult for me to put it down. Her observations are spot on and while the story it a tad depressing, I can see why this is her most read story.
So it looks like I’m going to give The House of Mirth another try. They say you should re-read the classics every ten years and it has been longer than that since I graduated high school. Maybe now that I’m not being assigned the read and subsequent essay, I’ll be able to enjoy it more.