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The Blithedale Romance

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Blithedale Romance is the story of four principal characters who work with -- and sometimes against -- each other on Blithedale, a communal farm antecedent to those that sprang up later in the 1960s, and similar to one on which Hawthorne himself lived in 1841. These communes arose out of the pressures on society and the individual brought by the Industrial Revolution. Some were organized around religious philosophies, some were secular. Among the secularists, the Transcendental movement mentioned in the novel espoused the idea that the individual's intuition, rather than religious dogma, was the true path to spiritual enlightenment. Our four characters, like so many who fled to these communes, struggle to free mankind from bondage as they struggle with the unaccustomed day-to-day tasks of farm life. But they are plagued by a mystery that follows them from the world, and ultimately leads to tragedy. (Summary by Christine Dufour)

The Blithedale Romance is the story of four principal characters who work with -- and sometimes against -- each other on Blithedale, a communal farm antecedent to those that sprang up later in the 1960s, and similar to one on which Hawthorne himself lived in 1841. These communes arose out of the pressures on society and the individual brought by the Industrial Revolution. Some were organized around religious philosophies, some were secular. Among the secularists, the Transcendental movement mentioned in the novel espoused the idea that the individual's intuition, rather than religious dogma, was the true path to spiritual enlightenment. Our four characters, like so many who fled to these communes, struggle to free mankind from bondage as they struggle with the unaccustomed day-to-day tasks of farm life. But they are plagued by a mystery that follows them from the world, and ultimately leads to tragedy. (Summary by Christine Dufour)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The Blithedale Romance is the story of four principal characters who work with -- and sometimes against -- each other on Blithedale, a communal farm antecedent to those that sprang up later in the 1960s, and similar to one on which Hawthorne himself lived in 1841. These communes arose out of the pressures on society and the individual brought by the Industrial Revolution. Some were organized around religious philosophies, some were secular. Among the secularists, the Transcendental movement mentioned in the novel espoused the idea that the individual's intuition, rather than religious dogma, was the true path to spiritual enlightenment. Our four characters, like so many who fled to these communes, struggle to free mankind from bondage as they struggle with the unaccustomed day-to-day tasks of farm life. But they are plagued by a mystery that follows them from the world, and ultimately leads to tragedy. (Summary by Christine Dufour)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

8h 48m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

05:42


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

11:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

27:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

26:49


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

19:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

18:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

15:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:57