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The Marble Faun

The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne
By: (1804-1864)

The Marble Faun is a captivating tale of love, guilt, and redemption set in picturesque Rome. Hawthorne's vivid descriptions bring the city to life, immersing the reader in its beauty and mystery. The characters are complex and intriguing, each grappling with their own demons and secrets. The novel explores themes of sin and morality, as well as the power of art to both reflect and shape reality. Overall, The Marble Faun is a thought-provoking and immersive read that will stay with you long after you've finished it.

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The Marble Faun is Hawthorne's most unusual romance. Writing on the eve of the American Civil War, Hawthorne set his story in a fantastical Italy. The romance mixes elements of a fable, pastoral, gothic novel, and travel guide. In the spring of 1858, Hawthorne was inspired to write his romance when he saw the Faun of Praxiteles in a Roman sculpture gallery. The theme, characteristic of Hawthorne, is guilt and the Fall of Man. The four main characters are Miriam, a beautiful painter who is compared to Eve, Beatrice Cenci, Lady Macbeth, Judith, and Cleopatra, and is being pursued by a mysterious, threatening Model; Hilda, an innocent copyist who is compared to the Virgin Mary; Kenyon, a sculptor, who represents rationalist humanism; and Donatello, the Count of Monti Beni, who is compared to Adam, resembles the Faun of Praxiteles, and is probably only half human.

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - September 28, 2020
I really did try to listen to this, but... a very uninteresting book with too many words and not enough ... anything else.

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