Well this was my first free book downloaded on the Kindle and it has taken me SIX weeks to finish it which is an appalling record. Admittedly, I have been reading other things too but I really struggled to finish this.
The story is set in 17th century Puritan Boston and deals with the lives of the English immigrants there. Hester Prynne has been found guilty of having a child out-of-wedlock and is then forced to wear a scarlet letter A (for adulteress) as a sign of her shame. She also refuses to name the father of her child. The story deals with the theme of guilt, sin and repentance and the subsequent treatment by the town’s Puritans of Hester and her daughter Pearl. Hawthorne represents the adulteress Hester as a heroine and this is interesting considering it was written in the 19th century.
Unfortunately this book has the longest opening chapter ever which seems to add absolutely nothing to the plot. When Hester enters the story you become interested imagining this brave woman standing with her baby at the town’s pillory, but this largely fades again as there as so many convoluted descriptions. I am sure I must be wrong on this, after all it is a classic but I just a bit bored, I am wondering does anyone love this?