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L'edat de la innocència (2008)

de Edith Wharton

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An elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York. In the highest circle of New York social life during the 1870's, Newland Archer, a young lawyer, prepares to marry the docile May Welland. Before their engagement is announced, he meets May's cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska, who has returned to New York after a long absence. Archer's world is always changing.… (més)
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Oh my goodness I've been so bored, and since the only reason I was reading it was for book club, and I can't go to this one, I am putting it aside. She makes some interesting observations, and maybe if it was a time in history I was vaguely interested in I might enjoy it more, but for now I need something way more engaging. ( )
  chailatte | Feb 5, 2024 |
My reaction to this book was lukewarm. It featured fascinating characters and an interesting plot. Learning about Ellen's past marriage was like unraveling a mystery. It drew me in until I couldn't put it down. However, there were some serious drawbacks for me. I know this book is a classic and won the Pulitzer prize, but the abrupt ending and the wishy-washy protagonist bothered me.

While I understand that Wharton was commenting on the restrictive nature of upper class living in America, I was frustrated by the hero, Newland Archer because he kept changing his mind about what he wanted out of life and women. In my opinion, Wharton's criticisms would've come across stronger if May and Ellen had narrated the story. Their story arcs were much more interesting than Newland's. Furthermore, May and Ellen could've illustrated their victim status and how they manipulated others to get what they want. Not only that, but the conversation between May and Ellen at the end of the novel would've been a great climactic moment that Newland's narrative lacked.

I read Ethan Frome, and that had such a painful but climactic ending. I assumed The Age of Innocence would end just as dramatically. When it didn't, I was disappointed. I didn't get a satisfying resolution to the story.

The Age of Innocence offered an insightful view into American life during the 1870s, but its themes were still universal enough to apply to the modern reader. Just don't expect a lot of "oomph". ( )
  readerbug2 | Nov 16, 2023 |
I had to remind myself while reading the book how old it is. It is brilliantly written and the author has a wonderful intuition of the human psyche. The descriptions are rich, the characters varied and lively. There is a wonderful understated humor to it too.

Now I want to see one of the film versions too. ( )
  timoroso | Oct 31, 2023 |
There is more blushing in this novel than I have encountered elsewhere. The blush seems to be the main mode of expression, since the characters cannot say anything clearly to each other. Newland Archer often "starts" and then says 1/3 to 1/2 of a sentence in anger that quickly evaporates. I'll have to see the movie now to see if Daniel Day Lewis says anything. I also found Newland's attraction to the Countess to be quite mysterious. It is the central undiscussed mystery of the story. I know that life often works that way, but if you are writing a novel you could say something about the crush besides that she doesn't mind living in the same city block as artists do, and that she can decorate a room with only a single feather and blown flowers.

Here is my favorite quote, a description of Boston:

"The streets near the station were full of the smell of beer and coffee and decaying fruit and a shirt-sleeved populace moved through them with the intimate abandon of boarders going down the passage to the bathroom." ( )
  markm2315 | Jul 1, 2023 |
Wharton's unsparing portrait of late 1800s upper class New York shows a society crumbling under the weight of its own pretense and conservatism. The senseless and hypocritical rituals of the upper classes and their tribal persecution of outsiders and nonconformists is portrayed here humorously but also as making many of the most privileged members bear the misery of its burden.
I find it hard to sympathize with Newland Archer, the novel's protagonist, because he seems so much in denial of his feelings throughout the first part of the novel that when he finally admits that he is in love with the Countess Olenska, he is far too enmeshed in the demands of his role as son and fiance to do anything about it. ( )
  jonbrammer | Jul 1, 2023 |
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A larger life and more tolerant views: That’s the greatest promise the novel holds out to us, and it’s as necessary now as it was when Edith Wharton put it into words.
afegit per danielx | editaNew York Times, Elif Batuman (Nov 1, 2019)
 
The story of a blighted New York marriage stands as a fierce indictment of a society estranged from culture.
afegit per vibesandall | editaThe Guardian, Robert McCrum (Jul 28, 2014)
 
Wharton didn't simply reproduce the glossy surfaces of high society but probed the hypocrisy, corruption, cynicism and coldheartedness that lay just underneath

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Wharton evocatively records the high society of New York's gilded age

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No one has bettered Edith Wharton on the cash-sex nexus of the respectable, as well as the clashes of propriety and fashion. The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth are probably the best novels by this knowing, compassionate writer

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On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York.
[Foreword - Penguin Classics] When I was growing up, I viewed literary "classics" with a certain degree of suspicion
[Introduction - Penguin Classics] On a fateful evening near the end of the novel, May Archer, nee Welland, delivers a devastating piece of news to her husband, Newland.
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And he felt himself oppressed by this creation of factitious purity, so cunningly manufactured by a conspiracy of mothers and aunts and grandmothers and long-dead ancestresses, because it was supposed to be what he wanted, what he had a right to, in order that he might exercise his lordly pleasure in smashing it like an image made of snow.
It was the old New York way of taking life" without effusion of blood": the way of people who dreaded scandal more than disease, who placed decency above courage, and who considered that nothing was more ill-bred than "scenes", except the behavior of those who gave rise to them.
When he thought of Ellen Olenska it was abstractly, serenely, as one might think of some imaginary beloved in a book or a picture: she had become the composite vision of all that he had missed.
That terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in, the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything, looked back at him like a stranger through May Welland's familiar features; and once more it was borne in on him that marriage was not the safe anchorage he had been taught to think, but a voyage on uncharted seas.
"No," she acquiesced; and her tone was so faint and desolate that he felt a sudden remorse for his own hard thoughts. "The individual, in such cases, is nearly always sacrificed to what is supposed to be the collective interest: people cling to any convention that keeps the family together--protects the children, if there are any," he rambled on, pouring out all the stock phrases that rose to his lips in his intense desire to cover over the ugly reality which her silence seemed to have laid bare.
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An elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York. In the highest circle of New York social life during the 1870's, Newland Archer, a young lawyer, prepares to marry the docile May Welland. Before their engagement is announced, he meets May's cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska, who has returned to New York after a long absence. Archer's world is always changing.

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