The Complete Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne None
Reading Hawthorne s works gives you plenty of meta matter, to contemplate as is to be expected from allegories but I was surprised by how much of it in this anthology can still be applied to modern life When you travel back through the many epochs and technological breakthroughs to Hawthorne s time via his writings, you find the same basic fears, joys, faults, and struggles that sculpt our lives today.The exhortations in some stories are overt This is sort of a letdown for the sleuth types that [...]
I liked these stories Not many of them were happy, however, so don t read them when you re depressed A few were funny Hawthorne almost always made sure he linked his stories to morals or cautions or remarks about theology the reader was supposed to take to heart and ponder over.
He s not just a master allegorist H was too wise to believe narrative power comes from pushing symbols around on the page And yet the stories in this one have the deft construction and allure of fables.
Hawthorne is a master short story writer Each tale holds a moral but it s set in heavy symbolism He s not a writer to be overlooked.
Reading Earth s Haulocaust.