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  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    Twice Told Tales is a two volume collection of thirty nine Hawthorne’s pieces consisting of short fiction allegories and narrative essays Originally issued in 1837 and 1841 nine years before the publication of his breakout work The Scarlet Letter these volumes take their name from the fact that all the tales contained herein are “twice told” in the sense that each had been published before almost all anonymously in journals of the time many in The Token and Atlantic SouvenirAlthough only half of these stories are first rate in execution and little than a third worthy the name of “classic”—I would include “The Gray Champion” “The Wedding Knell” “The Minister’s Black Veil” “The Maypole of Merrymount” “Wakefield” “The Hollow of the Three Hills” “Dr Heidegger’s Experiment” Legends of the Province House all four connected tales “The Haunted Mind” “The Ambitious Guest” Peter Goldswaithe”s Treasure” and “Endicott and the Red Cross”—still the cumulative effect is than the sum of the partsThe greatest gift the reader receives by reading all of these tales—including the sometimes too superficial vignettes and too obvious allegories—is an intimate acuaintance with the young Hawthorne brooding reflective with a profound interest in both colonial and revolutionary history given to solitary walks and meditations and yet warm hearted and forever open to the rich variety of human life that New England town life had to offerHighly recommended


  2. GoldGato GoldGato says:

    Hawthorne has always freaked me out a bit I say that with respect but he and Washington Irving remind me of chilly October nights full moons rustling leaves and scarecrows In other words New England In this collection of tales Hawthorne lures the reader in with parables of good versus well you know what Very Puritan ish It was old Esther Dudley who had dwelt almost immemorial years in this mansion until her presence seemed as inseparable from it as the recollections of its historyThese are tales not stories Perhaps one needs to have some Salem Witch Trial blood which Hawthorne did to produce such works My poor battered copy sits defiantly on the New England shelf knowing it harbors original strangenessBook Season Autumn Pilgrims wear black


  3. Meg Meg says:

    I could never write a better review for this truly beautiful book than Mr Longfellow did in 1837 so I uote him To this little work we would say Live ever sweet sweet book It comes from the hand of a man of genius Every thing about it has the freshness of morning and of May These flowers and green leaves of poetry have not the dust of the highway upon them They have been gathered fresh from the secret places of a peaceful and gentle heart There flow deep waters silent calm and cool; and the green trees look into them and God's blue heaven The book though in prose is written nevertheless by a poet He looks upon all things in the spirit of love and with lively sympathies; for to him external form is but the representation of internal being all things having a life an end and aimOne of the most prominent characteristics of these tales is that they are national in their character The author has wisely chosen his tales among the traditions of New England; the dusty legends of the good Old Colony times when we lived under a king This is the right material for story It seems as natural to make tales out of old tumble down traditions as canes and snuff boxes out of old steeples or trees planted by great men The puritanical times begin to look romantic in the distance Truly many uaint and uiet customs many comic scenes and strange adventures many wild and wondrous things fit for humorous tale and soft pathetic story lie all about us here in New England Another characteristic of this writer is the exceeding beauty of his style It is as clear as running waters are Indeed he uses words as mere stepping stones upon which with a free and youthful bound his spirit crosses and recrosses the bright and rushing stream of thought


  4. Laura Laura says:

    Free download available at Project GutenbergYou may read online at DailyLitContentsTHE GRAY CHAMPIONSUNDAY AT HOMETHE WEDDING KNELLTHE MINISTER'S BLACK VEILTHE MAYPOLE OF MERRY MOUNTTHE GENTLE BOYMR HIGGINBOTHAM'S CATASTROPHELITTLE ANNIE'S RAMBLEWAKEFIELDA RILL FROM THE TOWN PUMPTHE GREAT CARBUNCLETHE PROPHETIC PICTURESDAVID SWANSIGHTS FROM A STEEPLETHE HOLLOW OF THE THREE HILLSTHE TOLL GATHERER'S DAYTHE VISION OF THE FOUNTAINFANCY'S SHOW BOXDR HEIDEGGER'S EXPERIMENTLEGENDS OF THE PROVINCE HOUSETHE HAUNTED MINDTHE VILLAGE UNCLETHE AMBITIOUS GUESTTHE SISTER YEARSSNOWFLAKESTHE SEVEN VAGABONDSTHE WHITE OLD MAIDPETER GOLDTHWAITE'S TREASURECHIPPINGS WITH A CHISELTHE SHAKER BRIDALNIGHT SKETCHES BENEATH AN UMBRELLAENDICOTT AND THE RED CROSSTHE LILY'S UESTFOOTPRINTS ON THE SEASHOREEDWARD FANE'S ROSEBUDTHE THREEFOLD DESTINY


  5. Kurt Kurt says:

    As precious a book to me as there is Each story gently folds back layer by layer revealing a hidden truth or fear or hope or love at it's heart Though written in the early 1800's the sense and perspective is not strictly masculine Hawthorne inhabits and coveys both genders with eual delicacy and strength Can be read as simple entertainment or left on the tongue to discern deeper flavors than readily apparent Such a master of the short story form that to write anything longer seems a waste of timeuntil you read the Scarlet Letter or House of the Seven Gablesboth wonderful and conveying the same majesty of narration and smooth drifting prose Pity if we forget the masters


  6. Johann Tabua Johann Tabua says:

    Very rarely does one pick up a book at the exact time they’re supposed to read it When this happens the reader is elevated to than a mere reader they share a spiritual life with the characters on paper This was the case as I read “Twice Told Tales” by Nathaniel Hawthorne All the stories in this book are catches for the untrained juggler of my present catastrophes You see I have been dealing mentally and emotionally as best I can with the reality of being male in such an anti male climate as ours at the end of 2017 and this book offers insight into the fundamental differences between the general soul of man and woman It deals with eternal themes of human conflict and affliction the burden of understanding and the frailty of dreams when time comes for the dreams to come to fruitionIn the story “David Swan” we find a young man who falls asleep and is thus unaware of the opportunities that enter into his life In the story of “The Great Carbuncle” we find a uest gone awry for a number of seekers and the only two who are not doomed are they that put aside the idealization of the find Well of course there is a cynic in this same story who you could say survives if you are to be generous but he changes that it’s as almost as if he might as well be dead His spectacles are gone and with that loss his perception of the world is decimated The lucky couple who set aside the highest ambition are still much the same people if only a little aware of the pitfalls of success but I digress In the story of “The Sister Years” we find what might be deemed a conversation between nihilism and hope The old year talks to the new year offering an account of bleakness and blackness In “Dr Heidegger’s Experiment” we discover the trappings of youthful oblivion The wisdom of age evaporates once the wheels of potential are back in motion Come the story of “Peter Goldthwaite’s Treasure” we recognize the hereditary damage of greed but on the hopeful side we come to reconcile the ancestor’s ambition with their descendant’s future by means of an unintentionally supplied road map of what not to do or of what to do differently There are plenty stories in “Twice Told Tales” that fill the mind with thoughtSome of my favorites are “Chippings With a Chisel” which deals with mourning and how best to go about it and “The Gentle Boy” which is about as far as I can ascertain the social disconnect birthed between the outside world and boyhood whenever that boyish nature comes into its thinking self foretelling a destination of manhood that speaks threat to congregational obedience There are other stories in the twice told tales that are wonderful and thought provoking but for whatever reason I don’t feel like analyzing them too much just yetAll in all Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Twice Told Tales” are a magnificent collection of short stories They touched me and made me think clearer about things that have been weighing on my mind This is the second book of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s that I have read the first being “The Scarlet Letter” and I am hopeful to read of his works There is something in Hawthorne’s words that speaks rather powerfully to me I cannot uite surmise my gratitude to this book It is a book of genius in the sense of understanding life as a lesson There are hinted at warnings throughout this book but there are also blessed descriptions of opportunities if you pay attention whilst reading I recommend this book to everyone but most of all to people who are mad that the world is in such pointed conflict nowadays I think this book will help shed light on why these conflicts arise seemingly out of nowhere as they do It’s a worthwhile read


  7. Annie Annie says:

    I remember adoring Hawthorne in my graduate school days especially The House of the Seven Gables so I decided to revisit the author and read this collection of his short stories and essays Twice Told Tales It is November and I think Hawthorne is best read in the fall for there is something autumnal in his romantic musingsThere are 36 stories in this collection ranging from fiction to what I would call short essays since they express the author's reflections on an observation be it a church steeple from a window Sunday at Home snow birds on a winter day Snowflakes a dark and stormy night Night Sketches or the Atlantic beach on a sunny September day Footprints on the Seashore The stories are set in New England and many of them explore the region's Puritanical rootsHawthorne is considered an author of Dark Romanticism but I find him deeply introspective rather than brooding and spiritually optimistic While his stories do examine the nature of sin evil and humanity they also seek beauty and spiritual truth and constantly challenge the rigid thinking that was prevalent in the nation's history continuing up through Hawthorne's day and I would argue to this day stillThe stories range from heartbreaking accounts of human cruelty Gentle Boy to hilarious romps such as Mr Higginbotham's Catastrophe one of my absolute favorites I also enjoyed A Rill from the Town Pump told from the perspective of a town's water pump who blames the world's woes on liuor tea and coffeeIn this mighty enterprise the cow shall be my great confederate Milk and water the TOWN PUMP and the Cow such is the glorious copartnership that shall tear down the distilleries and brewhouses uproot the vineyards shatter the cider presses ruin the tea and coffee trade and finally monopolize the whole business of uenching thirst Blessed consummuation Then Poverty shall pass away from the land Then Disease shall gnaw its own heart and die Then Sin if she do not die shall lose half her strengthAnother must read especially as we head into 2013 is The Sister Years a scathingly humorous personification of the Old Year and the New Year This is one I wish I could just blog in its entirety I love this advice from Sister Old Year to Sister New YearI must bid you farewell earnestly advising and exhorting you to expect no gratitude nor good will from this peevish unreasonable inconsiderate ill intending and worse behaving world However warmly its inhabitants may seem to welcome you yet do what you may and lavish on them what means of happiness you please they will still be complaining still craving what it is not in your power to give still looking forward to some other year for the accomplishment of projects which ought never to have been formed and which if successful would only provide new occasions of discontent If these ridiculous people ever see anything tolerable in you it will be after you are gone foreverAlso included in this collection is the classic The Minister's Black Veil a brilliant exploration of the dangers of an ascetic life and cutting oneself off from humanity All of the stories are truly remarkable and I have pages of highlights These are tales I will revisit again when looking for inspiration or even just a good laugh at life's absurdities


  8. Adelaide Mcginnity Adelaide Mcginnity says:

    I found Twice Told Tales to be a delightfully varied collection of short stories linked by their shared setting of colonial New England Within these pages you will find works of humor pseudo religious parables Gothic ghost stories and fictionalized historical sketches While Hawthorne has a tendency to become preachy at times and is anything but subtle in his use of symbolism he generally comports himself well across genres and mostly avoids the penchant for purple prose that plagued many of his contemporaries What struck me the most about Hawthorne's often phantasmagorical portrait of a New England now past is how seamlessly it seems to progress into the thematically similar New England presented in the works of H P Lovecraft Indeed if you added in a few colors outside of the usual spectrum and peppered in a few references to the Necronomicon these Twice Told Tales would be uite Lovecraftian indeed


  9. Matthew B. Matthew B. says:

    Nathaniel Hawthorne is at his best in short forms with stories like The Great Carbuncle The Hollow of the Three Hills where we get the germ of the plot of The Scarlet Letter in the form of allusive fragments and The May Pole of Merry Mount when he cannot let the melodrama for which he has such a penchant get too protracted or overdrawn and keep the plot focused on a single conceit He is also at his most insufferable in short forms with his plotless sketches where we get nothing but his typically tedious verbose descriptions of scenery by turns sentimental and moralizing without an interesting story line to offset them


  10. Illiterate Illiterate says:

    Hawthorne dislikes Puritanism but can’t escape its preoccupations


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