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The Age of Innocence Kindle Edition
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The novel concerns Newland Archer, a man who (at the opening of the story) is caught up in the pre-1900 social scene of New York; a place where conventions and respectability are valued above everything else. He is betrothed to the submissive May Welland, something that Archer is perfectly satisfied with until her cousin, Ellen, arrives in town after controversially fleeing her European husband.
What follows is a subtly tragic chain of events, illustrating the suppression of upper-class America and denial of emotion that Newland experiences. Wharton beautifully writes of a suffocating atmosphere of dinner parties, balls and gatherings where all that is valued is superficial. His slowly burgeoning desire for life, for art and culture and, more than anything else, freedom slowly crumble as his responsibilities heavily bear down on him.
The power of Wharton's words come with the subtle meaning and suppression that lingers in every scene. Archer finds himself trapped in a gilded cage of money and the love of a "morally decent" woman whilst desiring a life of expression and liberation. Ellen represents a life that Newland had never considered before yet slowly finds himself lusting after, despite his fervent wish not to.
Wharton writes so eloquently and with such feeling that I found myself so engaged with the characters. Admittedly, the connections between the various wealthy families did elude me frequently, however that certainly did not impede my enjoyment of the novel, which is down to not only the beautiful writing but also the sadness that traps the protagonists, whether they are aware of it or not.Read more ›
there are a lot of similarities with the way that Jane Austen uses humour and sly references to portray(and undercut) her characters but because it is set in America and is about Americans, there are inevitable differences. This is the first Edith Wharton I have got round to reading despite always having been aware of her reputation. Now sorry to have missed out for so long and will try another soon.
Even as late as the last thirty pages I couldn't see how the book would end but then realised at the end that it could have been in no other way.
This was my first Edith Wharton. I found it somewhat redolent of The Forsyte Saga. I shall look forward to reading more.
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Comments written in side book in ink --very disappointing ;poor condition and comments written on lot of pages in book.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Set among New York high society in the late Victorian period, the novel displays Warton's coruscating wit with some memorably funny observations. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Terry Day
I could not put this book down even though I knew that I was in a fast flowing river heading towards a huge waterfall. I read Edith Wharton because I am a fan of Nancy Mitford. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer