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Publisher's Summary

As a milestone of American literature, Hawthorne's second novel stands as sturdily today as when the title mansion was first constructed. This is a finely crafted blend of Gothic horror, mystery, and good old-fashioned ghost story. An old mansion in Salem, moss-covered and gabled, broods over the destiny of a distinguished but troubled New England Family, the Pynchons. A haunting, centuries-old curse, a forceful probing of national and personal guilt, a romance between the young heroine and an attractive stranger all intertwine in this classic work by one of America's greatest novelists.
(P)1983 Jimcin Recordings
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"[A] great romance, concerned with the decadence of Puritanism." (The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jas on 09-03-07

Well done

I tired reading this but stopped because of the rather difficult syntax. However, the audio version made it much easier to understand since the reader did all the work. I thought she did a very good job.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Louise M on 02-13-08

Read at last

I've tried several times on my quest to read the "great books" to read The House of the Seven Gables but never made it through the first chapter. I found it a bit of a struggle to get through the first chapter of this audio version but, once I did that, the book "took off" and I throughly enjoyed it. The narrator did a very good job of a book that must not have been easy to record.

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