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The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton
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dabbe
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Beautiful setting, intricate plot, admirable prose ... I could go on and on. Yet, despite its opulence and beauty, it is a gilded scene because underneath the so-called reputable veneer, the biting, satirical portrayal of 1870s New York City exists. I also have never read a novel full of such unrequited love and longing. Not even Anna or Madam Bovary and their ill-fated romances come close to this one.

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bravenewtrav
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A book that I feel would‘ve greatly benefitted from me studying it in college, which is ironically where I got it from, a huge stack of books one of my professors was giving out for free because of his retirement. The social comedy of manners is not my generic cup of tea, but there are sharp moments here in Wharton‘s prose, and a sly biting of the thumb at that old American aristocracy.

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johncadams
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The Age of Innocence is a literary masterpiece from American author Edith Wharton set in the New York of the 1870s. Read my review at John C Adams Reviews:

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/the-age-of-innocence-by-edith-whar...

#JohnCAdamsReviews #JohnCAdams #edithwharton #theageofinnocence #Review #Reviews #mondaymusings #Bookreview #Bookreviews #fiction #literature #book #books

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kwmg40
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I had a good start to the #192025 challenge. It's easy to fill the slots when they're all empty to begin with. I expect it will get harder as the months go by, but then again, it's not a challenge if it's not challenging! 😄

Thanks, @Librarybelle, for hosting!

Ann_Reads Your comment about a reading challenge being easier when all the slots are open made me smile! So true! 😁 You made great progress on your challenge this month, Paulina. 4mo
Librarybelle So true!! Way to go with the first month! 4mo
kwmg40 @Ann_Reads @Librarybelle Thank you for the encouragement! 4mo
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kwmg40
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What I found most interesting in the book was the process in which the old ideas and standards slowly gave way to the new. It's hard to believe that the elite of New York City was once like this!

This is my #1920 entry for the #192025 challenge. @Librarybelle

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Librarybelle I really liked this one! 5mo
kwmg40 @Librarybelle Glad to hear that. I expect a number of people will be choosing this one for the #192025 challenge. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Ann_Reads
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Have my initial #192025 reading list for the 1920s & 1930s done. I'm trying to add several options per year, so I have some flexibility. Never know what I'm going to be in the mood to read. 📙 😏
@Librarybelle

Librarybelle This looks awesome! 5mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I am looking through some of my books and making a preliminary list, too. I may have to get a buddy read going for The Age of Innocence. @TheBookHippie has it on her list, too, and I haven't read Wharton before so I was thinking of going that route. 5mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I‘m up for a buddy read for sure! 5mo
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Ann_Reads @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @TheBookHippie I think @Graywacke and @Lcsmcat will eventually be getting to The Age of Innocence in their #WhartonBuddyRead, though it might be during 2023? Up next is, The Custom of the Country, followed by Summer, then The Marne, and finally The Age of Innocence. 5mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That's great! I am garbage at coming up with questions & sticking to a schedule so I'm happy to hop in whenever it happens. We've got 3.5 years to finish the challenge. I think I have others to read. 🤣 5mo
TheBookHippie @Ann_Reads that‘s fine by me . 2023. 5mo
Lcsmcat @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick You‘re welcome to join us for any of the Whartons. 5mo
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AllDebooks
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Really excited for this marathon challenge. Limitless choice of books to read, fun times. I will be selecting across non-fiction, fiction, poetry, plays and essay collections. Planning begins now, tagged book is my 1920 choice🤔 📚📚📚📚📚📚🤔

#192025challenge
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Librarybelle Thanks for reposting! I am so excited for this! 6mo
AllDebooks @Librarybelle my pleasure. Me too, it's a great challenge with plenty of potential to challenge the old noggin, find new authors and interests x 6mo
AllDebooks As well as new friends 🙂 6mo
Librarybelle 😁❤️ 6mo
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Meshell1313 🤣🤣🤣 6mo
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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

This book was as stifling as the society it depicted.

Lesliereads 😩 7mo
EvieBee @Lesliereads cracks me up! 🤣 7mo
Nebklvr @Lesliereads House of Mirth was wonderful 7mo
Nebklvr @EvieBee oops 7mo
EvieBee @Nebklvr I too moved House of Mirth! 7mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Wharton wanted to write of the era she was raised in ,that WWI & more modern ways ripped away. Newland Archer is set to marry the beautiful yet somewhat vacant May Walland.A perfect match as far as society would see.When Mays worldly cousin Ellen returns to the US from a marriage that proved disastrous to a Polish count, Newland imagines a life more guided by passion rather than duty might be worth it.Keenly observed details of society life.💗

Cathythoughts Great review! I love this book. What a great cover you have 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 8mo
Leftcoastzen @Cathythoughts it‘s the Everyman‘s Library edition . I borrowed it from the library, but I may want a copy of my own.That is a photo of Edith many years before she wrote this book , it‘s from a collection at Yale. 8mo
LeahBergen I loved this book when I read it many years ago. It may be time for a reread! 8mo
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eeclayton I loved this one too ❤️ 8mo
batsy What @LeahBergen said! 8mo
Lcsmcat There‘s a #whartonbuddyread group reading her books in order of publication. We‘re starting Ethan Frome next week if you want to join in. 8mo
BarbaraBB I‘m with all of you! Wonderful book. I also loved 8mo
Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB I read that one years ago , I‘m thinking I might reread .Some of the insights that come with getting older . I might like it more. 8mo
Leftcoastzen @Lcsmcat I think I may join in . I read some of her others but I‘m sure I‘d enjoy them again. 8mo
Lcsmcat @Leftcoastzen I‘ll add you to the tag list. 8mo
vivastory Do you have a big Everyman's Library collection? 7mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory I have a couple, I like them but I usually get them when I can find them cheap.😄 7mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory the last one I bought was a collection of all 4 of Updikes Rabbit series. I want to read them again.it was only $10 in a used bookstore. 7mo
vivastory I love their editions 💙 I was in HPB about a month ago & there was a copy of Mahfouz's Cairo trilogy in perfect condition. I'm still kicking myself for not picking it up. 7mo
vivastory Also, I haven't read the Wharton yet (I plan on it soon) but I always thought the Scorsese adaptation was underrated 7mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory wow , I remember someone telling me about that edition, I haven‘t read that trilogy yet. 7mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory I loved the film ! I love Scorsese! 7mo
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sdbruening
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I appreciate the love-story-that-couldn‘t-be tragedy of it, but it just wasn‘t very interesting. I mostly finished it so I could find out what happened and because there were some gem phrases and thoughts. All the names of the New York families were confusing and started blending together. Disappointed overall. Seems like Bridges of Madison County was inspired by this book.

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VioletMoonBooks
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Set among the very rich in 1870s New York, it tells the story of Newland Archer, a young lawyer engaged to marry virginal socialite May Welland, when he meets her cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska, a woman unbound by convention and surrounded by scandal.
#TheAgeOfInnocence #EdithWharton #book #books #bookart #bookartist #bookattitude #bookaholic #bookaholics #bookshelf #bookshelves #bookshelfie #stack #Classics #Fiction #HistoricalFiction 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

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marleed
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What‘s fun about my first grid in ‘22 is it incudes the last book I read in ‘21 (tagged) and the book I carried over to ‘22. Both were 5 star reads for me and a great way to end one year and start the next!

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

tenar I meant to read The Age of Innocence in December but didn‘t get to it. Definitely will this year, you‘ve gotten me excited! 11mo
marleed @tenar I loved reading it. Honestly, I think I was aided in my interest by reading Anderson Cooper‘s Vanderbilt first. He made the story become a true telling of NYC life. 11mo
Cathythoughts The Age Of Innocence ❤️💔 I loved it too 11mo
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marleed
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I might have marked this simply as a classic finally read. However, last month I read Anderson Cooper‘s Vanderbilt where he referenced this piece of fiction several times. It truly made the characters come alive in a this-was-really-NYC way for me. Thank the good heavens a woman‘s future is no longer strictly defined by the man she marries or divorces.

Cathythoughts Interesting, makes me want to read the Vanderbilt 11mo
marleed @Cathythoughts I love reading history through this famously wealthy old-money families. It‘s a window into the minds of big dreams, power, and waste (and sometimes charity) but at the same time politics isn‘t at center. 11mo
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oldvalyria
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Quería comentarles que la lectura conjunta del mes de noviembre es #LaEdadDeLaInocencia de #EdithWharton. Si a algune le interesa participar, en el instagram de #CuentosIvy está toda la información ?.
Por cierto, muchas gracias por la cálida bienvenida que me dieron por unirme a Litsy, de verdad que gracias ? #BookClub #ClubDeLectura.

Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️💔 14mo
EvieBee Bienvenida a la comunidad! 14mo
oldvalyria @EvieBee muchas gracias!! 13mo
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""Women ought to be free — as free as we are."" Newland Archer

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Cathythoughts
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The Age of Innocence revisited & will be revisited again.
I never realized this movie was dedicated to his father … Luciano Charles Scorsese.. how beautiful 💔

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Mr. Archer , how do you like this odd little house ?

‘ You‘ve arranged it delightfully ‘ …

Yes , to me it‘s like heaven.
Some of the things I managed to bring with me , little pieces of wreckage.

(Oh how I love her heroines ❤️💔)

Tamra 👌🏾 I really need a Wharton reread spree! 1y
Cathythoughts @Tamra She really is powerful ❤️💔 1y
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 1y
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Cathythoughts
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I‘ve been reading a good bit of Edith Wharton recently.. currently reading & loving ‘Glimpses of the Moon ‘.. so when I happened to see this film on our Saturday matinee on TV today , I had to stop & watch .. I received this beautiful copy from you , Suba @batsy ( about 4 years ago .. time flies) & I treasure it dearly 🙏

rockpools How lovely! 1y
Cathythoughts @Rockpools Yes ! The movie is very good ( the book I loved ) Michelle Pheiffer , Winona Ryder, Daniel Day Lewis .. directed by Martin Scorsese… … I rest my case 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 1y
batsy 💜 Where does the time go? And yes, a beautiful book and film... It's been a long time since I watched it & feel the need to watch it again now :) 1y
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Leftcoastzen What a wonderful post ! Litsy friends , a great book and a film I need to watch again , it‘s been far too long. 1y
Tamra Such a beautiful edition! 1y
TrishB Beautiful book ❤️ 1y
Nute Love this post and the continued friendship between two readers ( @batsy ) from the initial sharing of a book. Just beautiful!💕 1y
Cathythoughts @batsy It‘s so well done 👌🏻 I couldn‘t fault it ! 1y
Cathythoughts @Leftcoastzen Yes ! All that 😁 & well worth another watch 😍 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB @Tamra it really is & I could show off the end papers too .. beautiful 😍 1y
Cathythoughts @Nute I know ❤️ 1y
LeahBergen I loved that film. I should watch it again soon. 😍 1y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen It‘s so good ❤️💫 1y
nathandrake1997 Books are the best kind of gifts ❤️ Recently my cousin gifted me two books and I'm over the moon 😄❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts @nathandrake1997 They are the best ❤️lovely to get books from your cousin 😍 1y
CarolynM Do you know about the #whartonbuddyread group? It's a follow on from the #catherbuddyread. We're only up to her third book, Sanctuary. 1y
Cathythoughts @CarolynM Thanks! I did see some posts & was getting curious … I‘ll investigate that 👍🏻❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts @CarolynM I havnt read Sanctuary… I‘ll get a copy 👍🏻 1y
CarolynM 👍 1y
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ontheBL
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I named a puppy after May Welland in this book.

Cathythoughts Gorgeous 1y
ontheBL @Cathythoughts Thank you! 1y
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Therewillbebooks
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New episode is out! We choose a September book of the month from amongst the pictured tomes. We also discuss psychology, bildungsroman, and oddly enough, Al Gore. Enjoy!
https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8

IMASLOWREADER edith wharton is one of my favorite author and age of innocence is my all time favorite book (edited) 1y
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writeropolis
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The specter of New York looms as its own character in the novel, and all of its citizens play their lives out so spectacularly. Wharton paints this wonderfully manipulative underbelly even while its inhabitants breed their discontent as it has been done for generations before. Full review here: https://wp.me/pdCe8K-2Y #amreading #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #booknerdigans #bookblogger #tsundoku #greatreads #readmorebooks #coolgirlsread

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Last week we took a trip to the Berkshires and visited The Mount, Edith Wharton‘s home in Lenox, Massachusetts. The home itself was lovely, and I learned that she was very interested in architecture and interior design and even wrote a well received book on the subject. The library contains her personal collection which was purchased back from a British bookseller who owned the collection. It‘s definitely worth a visit if you‘re in the area.

Mitch Now that‘s a library! 💕 1y
wanderinglynn Love that library! 😍 1y
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
BekaReid Yes! The Mount is definitely well worth a visit. The house and grounds are splendid! 1y
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wkm306
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"New York has always been a commercial community, and there are not more than three families in it who can claim an aristocratic origin in the real sense of the world."

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MoonWitch94 Oh I love this novel!! Good choice! 2y
wkm306 @MoonWitch94 thanks for the initiative that may actually work for a noob :) (edited) 2y
Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Enjoy. 😊 2y
wkm306 @Andrew65 awesome! 2y
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Just started this today and I‘m almost half way into it. So so good!

SamAnne Loved this one. 2y
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Lcsmcat
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saresmoore Lovely quote! Her writing is spectacular. 2y
Lcsmcat @saresmoore Isn‘t it? You can just see her sitting there in all her matronly glory. 2y
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johncadams
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“Opening my eyes to the things I'd looked at so long that I'd ceased to see them.“

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johncadams
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“What most of the other marriages around him were: a dull association of material and social interest held together by the ignorance on the one side and hypocrisy on the other.“

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johncadams
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“It frightened him to think what must have gone into the making of her eyes.“

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johncadams
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“There were certain things that had to be done, and if done at all, done handsomely and thoroughly.“

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Reviewsbylola
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I finally got to one of the rereads I‘ve been planning for #classics2020. This one got pushed to the front because I figured it was a good fit for #eccentricMC for #booked2020

I didn‘t love this one as much as the first time I read it but it‘s still my favorite Wharton. I felt like this time I appreciated Ellen Olenska more, and that ending—idk why but it just gets me every time!

TrishB That‘s a lovely copy ❤️ 2y
Reviewsbylola I love word clouds! Reasonably priced, soft covers, and beautiful endpapers. @TrishB 2y
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I rewatched Scorsese‘s masterful adaptation of Edith Wharton‘s the Age of Innocence. Wharton was so ahead of her time. I love all of her novels-she is an American treasure. But you have to see the film. It is so beautifully rendered, every detail is stunning. Read the book and watch the movie-both are incredible.

Catherine_Willoughby Book on my list for this month. Haven't seen the movie in ages! 2y
kspenmoll Read the book for bookclub & loved it. Never Never realize there was a movie. Sounds wonderful especially with the director. 2y
akfreeborn @kspenmoll You will love the movie. 2y
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Amiable
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My sense of time froze on March 17 when our state shut down, so I lost a month in #authoramonth . Not quite sure where April went. 😬 But I read Edith Wharton in May, and I‘m glad I did even if it doesn‘t count for the challenge. I‘d never read this classic before, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Although Newland Archer irritated me a wee bit. Ok, a tad more than just a wee. 🙄

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It‘s a must to start off the summer with a trip to the independent bookstore at the lake.

I love that they carry wordclouds, which are so well priced, and I‘ve been meaning to reread this one. It‘s my favorite Wharton.

The kids book was half off so I couldn‘t resist. G has a thing for Lincoln right now so hopefully she‘s a fan.

Amiable I‘m reading this Wharton novel right now —don‘t know how I missed it, but I‘ve never read it before! I‘m really enjoying it . 3y
Cathythoughts I loved this book too. The lake looks lovely 3y
BiblioLitten The language is simply exquisite in that book. 💙 3y
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LauraJ
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Another upper class New York novel, with characters falling in love with someone who society deems unacceptable.
#AAMEW

batsy I adore those floral Dover covers! 3y
LauraJ @batsy Me too...also love that they‘re so affordable! 3y
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Q84
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⭐⭐💫 This was just not my cup of tea.

#AuthorAMonth

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4/5⭐️ I do love this novel. I read it in college & upon this reread realized I still do. In our modern era the idea of class may feel antiquated, however, it‘s still a problem in modern times. I hope to read more Wharton in the future, but this is the only one I got to in April. So many quotes highlighted—but this one feels most special. #AuthorAMonth #EdithWharton #AAMEW

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EadieB
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The Age of Innocence is a richly drawn portrait of the elegant lifestyles, & fascinating culture of New York society. It shows the atmosphere of desire & emotion that disturbs the foundation of one's identify. Newland Archer soon will wed May Welland but is attracted to May's cousin, Countess Ellen OLenska. Wharton's characters are so true to life that we feel we have certainly met them. The ending pacts a powerful punch. recommended

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“A house which is a National Historic Landmark (one of only 5 per cent dedicated to women, ahem), it was, notably, designed by Wharton, who had a knack for that sort of thing (besides being a pretty skilled horticulturalist, of course).” -Shinan Govani in The Star https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/opinion/2020/04/16/when-celebrating-the-ag...

Aimeesue I grew up in the Berkshires - The Mount is a gorgeous, gorgeous place. ❤️ 3y
ValerieAndBooks On my bucket list...but must wait a bit longer now, at least! 3y
Lindy @Aimeesue Nice! I spent some time today looking at the website for The Mount. 3y
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Lindy @ValerieAndBooks waiting, waiting, waiting …we are becoming experts at delayed gratification. 3y
Aimeesue @Lindy If you ever visit there, you can also take in Herman Melville's home, Arrowhead. And Emily Dickinson's house is about an hour and a half away in Amherst, MA. Wonderful tours, all. 3y
Lindy @Aimeesue sounds like a delightfully literary destination! 😘 3y
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Lindy
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After 2 years of marriage, Newland had already “given up trying to disengage [his wife‘s] real self from the shape to which tradition & training had molded her.” But the joke‘s on him because he remains constrained by valuing decency over courage. Poor little rich boy. Takeaway: in the 1870s, everyone was experienced mind readers, able to decipher entire paragraphs from facial expressions. Also, at 59, I‘m “in the blessed hush” of my years.

Lindy Dreamscape #audiobook has excellent narration by Susie Berneis. 3y
Lindy I forgot to add that I picked this up because it was first published 100 years ago, in 1920. 3y
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