In Puritan New England, Reverend Hooper ascends his pulpit as usual, but this time he's wearing a black veil covering nearly his whole face. His parishioners are given no explanation for their pastor's change of appearance, and the implications of the costume ripple mightily through the town. We are in Nathaniel Hawthorne territory, where sin, guilt, and the power of social suggestion converge for tremendous philosophic and dramatic effect.
"The Minister's Black Veil", performed in a fittingly reverential tone by Walter Zimmerman, is among Hawthorne's most venerable short stories, possibly for its allegorical nature and possibly because it lends itself to multiple interpretations. What this brief moral audiobook does affirm is the presence of "those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest".
©1836 The Token and Atlantic Souvenir; (P)1984 Jimcin Recordings
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"One of those "why do I have to read this" books"
There was pretty much nothing interesting in the story to me. The writing was good, but the story was not compelling. I'm not a fan of this style, why read this one when there are more interesting stories by other authors in this same genre.
Had a better conclusion.
The performance was fine, I think he did the best possible with this source material.
The quality of the writing was very high, just not a good story.
Skip it unless you have to read it for school.
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