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The Scarlet Letter is an 1850 romantic work of fiction in a historical setting, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is considered to be his magnum opus. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an adulterous affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_scarlet_letter

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The Scarlet Letter
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Awe stricken
August 12th, 2014
This was such a great book. A true story of love with a surprise ending and no happy ending but, what a story!
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Classic for a reason
August 11th, 2014
Well-written, spell-binding, and emotionally-gripping with its vivid dedcroption of setting, personas, and plot. I didn't expect the story I got. But I cherish it.
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Wonderful book.
March 4th, 2014
I read and admired this book even if its XIX century english is at times difficult for a non english language person as I am. Many times I had to look up a word in a dictionary but I found this very interesting and not tiresome. About the story it is so surprisimg to read a story so rich of sentiments analysis, of personal feelings. With the modern literature we are not used to this anymore, it is a long way from Hemingway, for instance, or from Tolstoi or Saul , P. Roth, etc. I recommend it.
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Great classic
February 17th, 2014
What a great classic...
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Feminist
December 12th, 2013
Every woman should read this book in their lifetime.
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The scarlet letter. A strong story
September 10th, 2013
I wish I had read this earlier in my life! The scarlet letter is a beautifully described tale of the impact love can have on unsuspecting and somewhat remote individuals, and the pride in which they kept their sad secret, to their detriment. I enjoyed it.
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Extraordinary insight and painting
August 16th, 2013
What struck me immediately about A Scarlet Letter is the extraordinary and penetratingly detailed insight Hawthorn gives us into Puritan New England culture and the intimate and most private details of the inner lives of his characters. It was with an intense joy, wonder and appreciation that I read this tale. I read it slowly to savor every remarkable turn of phrase, every revelation he lays before us. And while many of the prejudices of Puritan life are still found in society today, his vision of a time when women and men walk as partners through life has materialized. This has been an extraordinary experience that I will treasure forever.
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Muy bonito
July 10th, 2013
Esta hermoso esté libro
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Scarlet Letter
May 30th, 2013
Interesting view into the past.
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Amazing!
March 10th, 2013
The classic, timeless tale if sin, revenge and redemption!! My 8th reading and it still moves me beyond measure. Hester Prynne is my hero!
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The Scarlet Letter
January 29th, 2013
Very good book. I had always had the impression in the back of my mind it was primarily about the strict and rigid moral code of the Puritans. That is simply the backdrop. The real lesson to be learned is the healing and redemptive powers of confession.
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The scarlet letter by nathaniel Hawthorne
December 24th, 2012
This is a fantastic book. Although the language is complex in some stages but it is a worthwhile book to read. It offers a great insight in another's life, quilt and passion.
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Excellent
December 24th, 2012
This is a story about how evil can molest the purist of persons
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