Friday, October 24, 2008

2008 Book 94: The Age of Innocence

Book #:94

Book Title:The Age of Innocence

Author:Edith Wharton

Publisher:Barnes & Noble Classics

Pub. Date:1920 (original); 2004 (this version)


Started:October 20, 2008

Finished:October 23, 2008

Time to Read:4 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence
is Edith Wharton's masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York, a time when society people 'dreaded scandal more than disease.' This is Newland Archer's world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life - or mercilessly destroy it."

Review:Intrigue and romance in long-ago New York - a setting I thoroughly enjoyed, even though it's fairly far outside of my normal literary loves, and even though I've not enjoyed other Wharton works in the past. Exploring the inner workings of high - and not so high - society is absolutely fascinating. Dialog, as seems to be the case in classic novels, seems a bit lacking, but the colorful observations of life are dead on. Prepare to enter a very different era with very different people dealing with far different life issues than you could imagine. Enjoy!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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