My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A very condensed but nicely illustrated version of the classic book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
I read the original work many years ago as inforced reading assignment in school. I can’t say the subject matter is all that enjoyable; but it is thought provoking and discussion worthy. Basically it’s about a woman named Hester who is married to an older man she doesn’t love and has an affair with another man and gives birth to his child. Everyone knows that she cheated on her husband and this is back in the time of the Puritans [Colonial America] , so it kind of goes over like a ton of bricks. The book takes it’s name from her punishment, the wearing of a scarlet letter A on her chest to remind everyone that she is an adultress.
A good introduction to the story for younger readers or for those who might be struggling with the original work.
This is Hester being made to stand in front of the community to show her shame near the beginning of the story.
Hester and her daughter some years later. I like the impishness of the way Pearl is drawn.
I received a free digital copy of this book through NetGalley’s read and review program.