QUICK NOTE...Update: 6/25/19
Still working through things. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. You'd think we'd be back in our home by now, since the disaster occurred October 2018, but nope. Things are very slow to progress towards normalcy...and every day presents a new headache/nightmare to deal with. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my bookish adventures. It helps remind me I'm not alone in this crazy journey called life.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The Mask of Beauty Hides the Beast: Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
After my last read, I was in a quandary for a new book. So many in the TBR mountain, but alas, they were not within reach. Lucky for me...I carry a spare. (No, I wasn't a Girl Scout, but I was a Brownie for like three meetings!) Being prepared, I was able to successfully sustain my insatiable habit for the day...or at a least a few hours anyway....which leads to this new post. Today's book choice is....
STOP RIGHT THERE. No, you can't runaway from the screen just because this is a classic novel, not a new release (okay, well you really can since it's a free country and all but I ask you nicely to pause and give it a chance). For those that love this particular subcategory of fiction, you are in for a treat!
Handsome young man (Giovanni Guasconti) moves to a new city to seek out the world's knowledge. Same said young man meets a striking young beauty (Beatrice Rappaccini) that bewitches his heart like no one before. He is both drawn to her and repulsed by her. (Confused? Hang on...keep reading.) Seemingly unable to put the two visages together to make up the sum of what his eyes see versus what his heart feels, he finds himself in her company time and time again. It begins with subtle glances from his window perched high over her father's wondrous (yet creepy!) garden the likes of which Giovanni had neither seen nor read about, and advances to shared time mere feet from her actual being within the exotic playground itself. Tie this pleasant supposedly random (NOT!) romance together with Signor Giacomo Rappaccini (father of Beatrice, and wacko-extrordinare) and you suddenly find yourself in the presence of the mad-scientist pulling the strings behind the curtain. See what happens when science becomes your one true love ...
COMMENT CREATOR: So, now that you've read the review, it's time for a comment creator...something to make you think. If you've read this story before, what was your take on the book? If not, what is your favorite classic and why?