19 responses

  1. Bumby Scott
    May 26, 2011

    Lisa, I have enjoyed this post. I must confess that I have only read the book. I now feel that it is alright that I skip the movie.
    Thank you.

  2. Mise
    May 26, 2011

    Nor have I seen the film, but the poem I was reminded of by the book was ‘Out, Out’ (http://www.internal.org/Robert_Frost/Out_Out_-_) for its harsh stoicism. Now I shan’t bother with the film, I guess. I look forward to your thoughts on E.M. Forster, Professor C.

  3. lauren
    May 26, 2011

    i’m sorry to hear the film stumbled in so many ways; i do love a good, somber joan allen piece (is there any other kind?). i’m glad, in turn, to hear you appreciated “winter’s bone,” professor c; i thought it was wonderful.

  4. Jan
    May 26, 2011

    I downloaded the book for my Kindle, but have yet to read it – my eldest son has gifted me with something far more plebeian that I am obligated to finish first.

    I must say I’m disappointed the film does not live up to the book; I just adore Liam Neeson.

  5. Patsy
    May 26, 2011

    How can it be that I’ve never read Ethan Frome? Looking forward to it now. Thank you, Professor C.!

  6. Darla
    May 26, 2011

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this post. Please thank the professor. I’m looking forward to his thoughts on “A Passage to India” with happy anticipation.

    Darla

  7. materfamilias
    May 26, 2011

    Your analysis was well worth my scrambling to download the book and read it over the weekend . . . thanks for drawing my attention to the colour, the passion shelved in form of a pickle dish, as well as to the polysyndeton’s (ah, those rhetorical figures and their polysllabic names) Biblical echo. And I’m not displeased to find that the film I never got to see was an unworthy adaptation of the novella. . .
    Thanks so much for the post, and I’m looking forward to A Passage to India.

  8. Rubiatonta
    May 26, 2011

    Ethan Frome is without a doubt my favorite Wharton. Haven’t read it in ages — it might be just the right antidote for a hot summer day. Assuming we have one of those at some point.

  9. Legallyblondemel
    May 26, 2011

    Thank you, Professor C. I’m truly enjoying this series & not only because of visuals like John Madden the coach directing Wharton movies.

  10. CDG
    May 26, 2011

    I’m afraid that I’m a lost cause from a style perspective (though I read in the hope of education!), but my mind isn’t so hopeless.

    Thank you, Professor. I’m off to download Ethan Frome for my Kindle.

  11. Worthy
    May 26, 2011

    Great post!

    I studied this text for my sophomore year English class at Chatham Hall. It gave me a lot of perspective on regional speech, too. It was appropriate for the time of year we read it as well – January. Dr. Edmonds tried to get us into the text by watching that movie, too, and it just was so intense and gloomy with nature — plus she is a big Wharton fan!

  12. Susan Tiner
    May 26, 2011

    Thank you for this thoughtful post. It is good to know I can skip the film but should re-read the book and also pop Winter’s Bone in the netflix queue.

  13. Velma
    May 26, 2011

    My physics professor husband spends at least 20 hours each week in the lab. It’s mostly computers these days, but he also has a clean room and a lot of optics equipment.

  14. Flo
    May 26, 2011

    “the dark Calvinist stain, perhaps never to be washed away, on the New England mind.”

    And there it is.

    Professor, thank you, and just one request: could you please go on a little longer in future lectures than you’ve been doing in these past three? I feel that I’m just getting warmed up when, wham, it’s over. Is your daughter holding you down to a certain number of words? If so, I shall speak to her…

  15. Genuine Lustre
    May 27, 2011

    One of my all time favorite books. Just heartbreaking.

  16. Belle de Ville
    May 28, 2011

    I am enjoying delving into great literature on Privilege. Thank you for these posts.
    Ethan Frome is a truly great American novel and while the film doesn’t live up to the book,so few films do, I think that it is definitley worth watching. Liam Neeson may not have the New England diction, but he does have the right look and attitude to portray Frome.

  17. Lisa
    May 31, 2011

    Just wanted to thank you all so much for your comments. It’s a pleasure to have you here.

  18. Sandra Jonas
    June 5, 2011

    Loved it!! Looking forward to A Passage to India!
    Thank you.

  19. GSL
    October 7, 2013

    Very interesting Prof C and I especially like the Whistler’s Mother analogy. I’ve only seen the movie and liked it. My Uncle ran American Playhouse for many years and I only remember him being excited about the cast and having the heavy snow hit just prior to filming. They shot it on a shoestring budget.

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