The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Blithedale Romance

Nathaniel Hawthorne

256 pages first pub 1851 (editions)

fiction classics challenging dark reflective slow-paced


Abjuring the city for a pastoral life, a group of utopians set out to reform a dissipated America. But the group is a powerful mix of competing ambitions and its idealism finds little satisfaction in farmwork. Instead, of changing the world, the m...

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reflective 75%
dark 66%
challenging 33%
sad 33%
tense 33%
emotional 25%
mysterious 25%
adventurous 16%
funny 16%


slow 57%
medium 42%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 40% | Plot: 10%

Strong character development?

Yes: 45% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 27%

Loveable characters?

No: 81% | It's complicated: 18%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 90% | It's complicated: 9%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 72% | It's complicated: 27%

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