The Marble Faun
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Thanks for trading, karen-r.
This book is set in Rome, Italy. It was written in the mid-nineteenth century. I found his descriptions of Rome and life in Rome at that time most fascinating. Although, his descriptions of the art there were lost on me because I am not familiar with the art and it is not clear what art he is describing.
The story itself is unlike any story I've read before. The author strives to have the story rise above time and place. Sin, and in particular, one act of violent sin, and the results of sin on the lives of those affected by it are explored. It is ironic that Hawthorne's religious views are definitely very dated in regards to Catholicism.
I must say that I had no idea throughout how this story was going to end, even up until the last few pages of the book. In fact, the author found it necessary to write a Postscript to explain mysteries that weren't clearly understood by the readers. The ending was a mixture of happiness and sadness.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
This book was released for the Keep Them Moving release challenge.