The Marble Faun, or The Romance of Monte Beni

The Marble Faun or The Romance of Monte Beni Amidst the inspiring landscape of Rome three young Americans abroad discover the artistic and moral freedom offered by that historic city Together with the childlike Donatello they flourish in the co

  • Title: The Marble Faun, or The Romance of Monte Beni
  • Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Murray Krieger
  • ISBN: 9780451519917
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Amidst the inspiring landscape of Rome, three young Americans abroad discover the artistic and moral freedom offered by that historic city Together with the childlike Donatello they flourish in the company of cultured Europeans They are free to live, and free to love While Kenyon quietly pursues the virginal Hilda, Donatello declares passionate, obsessive love for MiriaAmidst the inspiring landscape of Rome, three young Americans abroad discover the artistic and moral freedom offered by that historic city Together with the childlike Donatello they flourish in the company of cultured Europeans They are free to live, and free to love While Kenyon quietly pursues the virginal Hilda, Donatello declares passionate, obsessive love for Miriam But she is an unknown quantity, haunted by her former life pursued by a sinister spectre and a sense of doom Propelled by his wild and unsophisticated heart Donatello provokes their mutual sin Now, miserably entangled, their friendship and love must struggle to survive.

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    1. Nathaniel Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation s colonial history.Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828 In 1837, he published Twice Told Tales and became engaged to Sophia Peabody the next year He worked at a Custom House and joined a Transcendentalist Utopian community, before marrying Peabody in 1842 The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the Berkshires, then to The Wayside in Concord The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before returning to The Wayside in 1860 Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, leaving behind his wife and their three children.Much of Hawthorne s writing centers around New England and many feature moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration His work is considered part of the Romantic movement and includes novels, short stories, and a biography of his friend, the United States President Franklin Pierce.

    2. Σε μια Ρώμη όπου η πραγματικότητα και ο μύθος απέχουν ελάχιστα μεταξύ τους, και με έντονη γοτθική ατμόσφαιρα ο Hawthorne ξεναγεί τον αναγνώστη στα σημαντικότερα ιστορικά μνημεία της πόλης, ενώ παράλληλα παρουσιάζει μερικά από τα σημαντικότερα έργα τέχνης που βρίσκονται σε αυτ [...]

    3. I've just, finally, finished reading "The Marble Faun" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and I now have some conception of what it feels like to have run a marathon dressed in full deep-sea diving gear. Zeus, what a tedious, turgid, overblown book. I chose it because it was listed in a book called "1001 books to read before you die" - but perhaps I misread the title and it was actually "1001 books that are only marginally better than actually being dead".The style is thick and clotted, the plot lacking in [...]

    4. 3.5I recently reread The House of the Seven Gables, so I couldn’t help comparing it and The Marble Faun. In both novels Hawthorne makes full use of his settings with a strong, tactile sense of place, though the latter's, fittingly, is not claustrophobic as is the former's. I felt as if I were back in Rome, that without realizing it I'd followed the footsteps of the four main characters through the city, including a visit to catacombs and a nighttime walk past the Colosseum (they, however, were [...]

    5. In middle school you were probably assigned some kind of descriptive composition. You know, the kind where you pick a Classroom Object -- a pencil, a wad of gum, your English teacher's unconvincing toupee -- and you write about it for a couple hundred words, sparing no meticulous detail. You turn the composition in to your teacher, who underlines words that could be even more thoroughly expounded. Maybe you are told you need to incorporate all five senses: How does this Object smell? may have be [...]

    6. I loved this slow summer sojourn – a classic novel that unfolded gradually and beautifully. The Marble Faun is full of rich, atmospheric description that transports the reader instantly into the streets, the churches, the galleries, and the classical architecture of 19th-century Rome. Hawthorne is a masterful writer indeed. What could be more wholly Italian than a full paragraph devoted to a single sip of wine?“Sipping, the guest longed to sip again; but the wine demanded so deliberate a pau [...]

    7. The Marble Faun is a gothic romance from the period when ‘romance’ meant ‘not as serious as a proper novel’. It’s a strange, moody tale with a lot of loose ends and uncertainty, which I think many modern readers would find difficult. However, I know I’m not the only one who enjoys that sort of thing.It wasn’t written with an eye to posterity, which means a lot of checking foot notes is called for (get an edition with footnotes if you can, some commentary is helpful) as Hawthorn ass [...]

    8. Nathaniel Hawthorne and his family lived for several years in Italy, and his experiences there inspired him to write The Marble Faun, or the Romance of Monte Beni. Published in 1860, it became his best selling novel, but few readers today have ever heard of it, much less read it. The book opens in 19th century Rome, where a group of friends, three American artistic types and one Italian, are enjoying an idyllic summer in each other's company. Donatello is a young Italian count, who very much res [...]

    9. Zounds, what a boring book! And I usually like Hawthorne, but Perhaps only a brilliant writer could craft a novel this dull and unsatisfying. Page after page of monotonous, pretentious pontificating ensue, as characters stand around doing nothing except complementing each other on their brilliance and/or beauty, or complaining endlessly about things that most normal people generally take in stride. All the intriguing aspects of the story are left unexplained in the end (except in a silly postscr [...]

    10. 12 DEC 2015 - spied on Laura's updates. Free download/s at Project Gutenberg: Volume 1 - gutenberg/ebooks/2181Volume 2 - gutenberg/ebooks/2182

    11. Miriam is an artist, half Italian half English, with a dark, molten, Hebraic beauty. Donatello is the faun, an aristocrat in love with Miriam, made stupid and pathetic by Hawthorne because of his animalistic Italianness. Kenyon is an American sculptor, haplessly in love with the innocent, virginal Hilda (literally a Puritan), who lives in a tower dovecote and dresses only in white, irksomely "purify[ing] the objects of her regard by the mere act of turning such spotless eyes upon them."Miriam is [...]

    12. Thank you Little Edie, I never would have picked this if it hadn't been for you.The Marble Faun follows three expatriate artists and their Italian friend Donatello living in Rome in the mid 19th century. Hilda is sweet-natured and devout, literally living above the city in a tower room and, though Protestant, maintains a shrine to the Virgin Mary as part of her rent. Kenyon is a promising sculptor in love with Hilda, but gently refused. Miriam is a dark haired beauty whose origins are mystery an [...]

    13. I actually read this back in college, and loved it then. I still really like it, and enjoyed rereading it and following the mysteries of Miriam's and Donatello's pasts. This time, I was on a deadline and was not able to appreciate the long descriptive passages as I did the first time. It takes some imagination, but you can really begin to share the mindset of someone for whom reading was far more of a gateway to foreign places than it is today. It was something of a shock to see how anti-Catholi [...]

    14. I first came to Hawthorne through 'The Scarlet Letter' but this is undoubtedly my favourite of his. While most of his stories are set in America, this one follows a group of arty, bohemian types in Europe, sas they struggle along, fall in love with each other and generally get into difficulty. It's got a fabulously gothic sort of atmosphere, there's mystery, dark histories and a supernatural possibility that I loved. (Won't say to much, no spoilers). It's a gorgeous, darkly romantic and strange [...]

    15. Vol. I: Free download available at Project Gutenberg.Vol. II: Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

    16. Hawthorne’s allegory of the moral consciousness is too clumsy and too Christian to be of much interest.

    17. The Marble Faun was a delightful read. Hawthorne's last published novel finds him at the zenith of his skill as a writer. One can tell that this is Hawthorne honed by decades of refining his craft. He is able to communicate with depth, and yet with a clarity that does not imprison you in a mire of verbose minutiae. Compare this with the dry reading of his collegiate venture, Fanshawe (which he later disowned), and his maturing process as a writer is clear. Having read the ponderous, solemn works [...]

    18. I really like Hawthorne’s writing. He wrote two of my favorite works. But for me, The Marble Faun is missing something.The good: Hawthorne makes some really good insights hereexposing the irony of art and situationwhat might really go on behind the scenes when creating a piece of art or sculpture, and how this might affect one’s perceptions and reception of the art, especially if the piece of art has a religious theme. Also interesting is his portrayal of the loss of innocence and its effect [...]

    19. Nathaniel Hawthorne's MARBLE FAUN is, depending on who you ask, either a masterpiece or an interesting failure, but regardless of which view you take, it is an undeniably unique novel. Though it can be terribly slow at times, there are also excellent extended passages of breathtaking beauty, precise and poignant observations about the human condition, and more than one plot twist that keeps you interested. If you can learn to appreciate the digressions onto the the beauty and culture of Italy, a [...]

    20. I came across this book by accident really. This book is one of Hawthorne's lesser known works–a romance that received a lukewarm reception at the time of publication for its colloquial, quirky style of addressing the reader directly and breaking that invisible line of narrator and reader. After reading, I have returned tot his book many times. Hawthorne's language is nothing short of spectacular in my opinion. His characters are real and shine with an inner beauty that only a great writer can [...]

    21. Hawthorne has a very poetic love language and a lot of renaissance visuals in this book. I love where I go when I read the pages.(And having spent some time in Italy allows this book to be a lovely escape from my now hectic world.)

    22. A wonderful book. I was captivated by it immediately. Far better than Hawthorne's "Gables" or "Scarlet Letter". I never understand why no one ever mentions this book.

    23. 4 STARS (****)A GREAT AND COMPASSIONATE 'RELIGIOUS MYSTERY' --I first attempted to read this classic novel in school in my hometown in India at age 14 in the year 1992, and was too young to understand it or even finish it. Ever since, it has haunted my subconscious as 'something strange, something special' but it only called out to me to read it on February 7th, 2017. So I 'answered the call' and began to read it as the 'project gutenberg ebook' on my android phone, and just liked it so much rig [...]

    24. Hawthorne's last completed novel, based on the year and a half he spent in Italy, is sporadically interesting, but it is never going to displace THE SCARLET LETTER as his masterpiece. Everyone has read, or is at least familiar with the story of Hester Prynne the Puritan woman, castigated for her sin of adultery by having to wear a scarlet letter A on her breast. The weight of "sin", as defined by a society, and the psychological implications of living in that society are explored in that novel. [...]

    25. This was a grind. I really don’t have much time for Hawthorne and this was a bad Hawthorne.On the surface, this is about a group of USAnian young people who spend time in Italy doing everything but being realistic. Their wealth obviously enables them to avoid the banalaties that the rest of us have to deal with, like cooking, cleaning, and generally earning a living. Thus, they can afford to prance around in art galleries, pursue their belief that the art they do is important somehow and, unfo [...]

    26. [These notes were made in 1983:]. I found this a very pleasant read, and with more substance than I anticipated from a preliminary brush through the first chapters. It was written in Italy, and abounds in that luxurious description of old artworks and older buildings which seems to overtake so many visitors to that country. In Hawthorne's case, it's done well, and linked in to the themes of the story. The old preoccupations - the effect of hidden sin - are all there, as the method of suggesting [...]

    27. Donatello is an Italian count of a juvenile nature and a striking resemblance to a mythical faun captured in marble. He is in love with Miriam, a gifted painter, but a girl with a dark secret. In Rome they enjoy the company of two New Englanders - Kenyon, a sculptor who is in love with the other, Hilda, a talented copyist and as pure as the Virgin. A rash, murderous act changes all their lives.A slight plot is fleshed out with anti-Catholic rhetoric, musings on the relative merits of two- and th [...]

    28. Mad monks and marble skulls. Ruined castles and rustic revels. I love gothic horror and romance but this one barely makes the grade. Dealing with familiar Hawthorian themes of sin and redemption The Marble Faun is set in Rome and it's environs and concerns itself with a smart set of young artists visiting from New England. The author doesn't seem to think very highly of Catholics or the Italian "race" in general including the group's handsome young mascot, Donatello. The language is beautiful bu [...]

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