The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables

Audiobook CD - 2008
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The House of the Seven Gables is a gloomy New England mansion, haunted from its foundation by fraudulent dealings, accusations of witchcraft, and sudden death. The current resident, the dignified but desperately poor Hepzibah Pyncheon, opens a shop in a side room to support her brother Clifford, who is about to leave prison after serving twenty-five years for murder. She refuses all assistance from her unpleasant wealthy cousin Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon. A distant relative, the pretty young Phoebe, turns up and quickly becomes invaluable, charming customers and rousing Clifford from depression. A delicate romance grows between Phoebe and the mysterious lodger Holgrave, who is writing a history of the Pyncheon family. An organ grinder's visit disturbs the ex-convict's fragile grasp on reality. Judge Pyncheon threatens to have Clifford committed, but his true purpose is to gain access to the house to search for a lost land deed. Hepzibah and Clifford escape on a train (then a very modern form of transport) after the judge dies unexpectedly in the house. However, they soon return, to Phoebe's relief. Events from past and present throw light on the circumstances which sent Clifford to prison, proving his innocence.
Publisher: Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audio, p2008, c1851.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781433211973
Characteristics: 9 compact discs (11 hrs.) :,dolby digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Heald, Anthony
Blackstone Audiobooks


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Mar 04, 2018

Despite the top description, The House of Seven Gables isn't really about an evil house, any more than The Scarlet Letter is about an evil wizard. It's a character-based story about people who live with the Puritan legacy -- see Publisher's Weekly description. If you like Nathaniel Hawthorne's other works, you'll like this sweet, nostalgic story, but it isn't exactly action-packed.

Oct 21, 2014


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