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Snow Flakes (From "Twice Told Tales")   By: (1804-1864)

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Snow Flakes is a collection of short stories written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. As a fan of his earlier work, I was excited to dive into this lesser-known gem from his repertoire. Hawthorne's storytelling ability is unparalleled, and this collection only solidifies his reputation as a master of the craft.

One of the standout stories in Snow Flakes is "The Great Carbuncle," a tale of a group of adventurers who embark on a quest to find a legendary precious stone. Hawthorne expertly weaves together elements of adventure, mystery, and symbolism to create a captivating narrative. The characters are deeply flawed yet relatable, and their pursuit of the elusive carbuncle becomes a metaphorical journey towards self-discovery.

Another notable story in this collection is "The Seven Vagabonds," which showcases Hawthorne's keen observations of society. Through the lens of a group of homeless wanderers, he cleverly critiques the hypocrisy and superficiality of the upper class. The story is both thought-provoking and entertaining, leaving readers with a lingering sense of introspection.

Hawthorne's prose in Snow Flakes is elegant and evocative, drawing readers into each story with its lyrical quality. His attention to detail and ability to create vivid imagery are truly remarkable. Hawthorne's command of language is impressive, and his mastery of storytelling shines throughout the collection.

However, it must be noted that Snow Flakes is not without its flaws. Some stories can be seen as overly moralistic and heavy-handed in their themes. Additionally, the pacing of a few narratives could have been improved, as they tend to meander at times. Nevertheless, these minor shortcomings do not detract from the overall quality of the collection.

In conclusion, Snow Flakes is a treasure trove of captivating stories that showcase Nathaniel Hawthorne's talent and versatility. His ability to explore complex themes, create memorable characters, and craft engaging narratives is truly unmatched. While not as well-known as some of his other works, this collection deserves a prominent place on any avid reader's bookshelf.

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By Nathaniel Hawthorne

There is snow in yonder cold gray sky of the morning! and, through the partially frosted window panes, I love to watch the gradual beginning of the storm. A few feathery flakes are scattered widely through the air, and hover downward with uncertain flight, now almost alighting on the earth, now whirled again aloft into remote regions of the atmosphere. These are not the big flakes, heavy with moisture, which melt as they touch the ground, and are portentous of a soaking rain. It is to be, in good earnest, a wintry storm. The two or three people, visible on the side walks, have an aspect of endurance, a blue nosed, frosty fortitude, which is evidently assumed in anticipation of a comfortless and blustering day. By nightfall, or at least before the sun sheds another glimmering smile upon us, the street and our little garden will be heaped with mountain snow drifts. The soil, already frozen for weeks past, is prepared to sustain whatever burden may be laid upon it; and, to a northern eye, the landscape will lose its melancholy bleakness and acquire a beauty of its own, when Mother Earth, like her children, shall have put on the fleecy garb of her winter's wear... Continue reading book >>

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