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The Age of Innocence de Edith Wharton
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The Age of Innocence (2008 original; edició 2004)

de Edith Wharton (Autor)

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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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Títol:The Age of Innocence
Autors:Edith Wharton (Autor)
Informació:Sterling Publishing (2004), 352 pages
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L'edat de la innocència de Edith Wharton (2008)

  1. 62
    Jane Eyre de Charlotte Brontë (readerbabe1984)
  2. 40
    The American de Henry James (2below)
    2below: Similar plot and themes--both deal with the issue of being an outsider. I find James' prose a bit more vigorous than Wharton's.
  3. 41
    The Bostonians de Henry James (jbvm)
  4. 31
    The Beautiful and Damned de F. Scott Fitzgerald (TineOliver)
    TineOliver: Both look at love and marriage in the upper classes of New York society (however, at different time periods)
  5. 42
    Rebecca de Daphne Du Maurier (readerbabe1984)
  6. 31
    Anna Karènina de Leo Tolstoy (roby72)
  7. 10
    The Needle's Eye de Margaret Drabble (kitzyl)
    kitzyl: An embittered lawyer in a loveless coupling attends a social gathering where he is drawn to an enigmatic riches-to-rags woman, whose broken marriage has made her a social outcast. Explores the rigid ideas of morality in the 70s (a century apart) enforced by wealth/class. Woman has a "Olde Shabby Riche"-ly decorated house where the man immediately feels at home.… (més)
  8. 10
    The Europeans: A Sketch de Henry James (thatguyzero)
  9. 11
    La dona del tinent francès de John Fowles (kitzyl)
    kitzyl: Man engaged to conventional society finds himself attracted to an outcast who challenges the rigidity and hypocrisy of the era.
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    Cims borrascosos de Emily Brontë (readerbabe1984)
  11. 01
    El retorn del soldat de Rebecca West (amanda4242)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 267 (següent | mostra-les totes)
more perceptive about women than Henry James, not a high bar
  ritaer | Jun 6, 2021 |
I’ve been trying to read some of the well-known authors of the 19th and 20th century whom I’ve neglected. Or totally ignored. I was on a long flight and discovered “Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton on my Kindle. Probably there because it was free. I didn’t think I would like it, but I was wrong.

I didn’t know that it had been made into a film back in 1993, directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder and Michele Pfeiffer. That’s exactly how I would have cast the book too, so I’m planning to actually rent the film from Amazon, as I’m anxious to see the film version.

It’s a simple story. A young man of society (Newland Archer) falls in love with the wrong woman, (Countess Olenska) – not the woman he is supposed to marry. He thinks he can overcome the will of his society and be with the Countess, but she knows better. In the end he conforms, she is sent away and he lives out his life – a good, decent, boring life. Not the life he wanted, but more than he deserved (in my opinion).

The story didn’t break my heart. The Countess deserved better than Newland Archer so I was glad they didn’t end up together.

Wharton paints a very detailed, believable (but really unbelievable) picture of life in high society New York in the late 1800s.


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  LenJoy | Mar 14, 2021 |
Fran Lebowitz is right. This is the best novel ever written. ( )
  mstruck | Mar 9, 2021 |
I finally found the inspiration behind the Gossip Girl novels in this book! It treads along the same plotlines that are rife with social scandal, love affairs, words not said, and the feeling of "New York-ness." Even the characters' names are similar to those in GG, and it is clear who the character models are.

Nate Archibald is Newland Archer, with their feeling of duty to their "ideal" wife, but being inevitably attracted to Madam Olenska and dangerous new ideas.
Blair Waldorf is May Welland, the wife of Archer/Archibald who might seem demure but is actually a master manipulator who works in silence to get what she wants.
Serena van der Woodsen is Ellen Olenska, in her accidental seduction of Newland/Nate and constant love affairs with dubious characters and need for a bohemian lifestyle away from the New York ideas of propriety (though her name comes from the van der Luydens since they have the same familial power over society as do the van der Woodsens).
Chuck Bass is Lawrence Lefferts, since he's the one who actually gets together with Ellen Olenska but who doesn't take a large role in the books like Chuck is mostly absent from the GG novels.
Dan Humphrey is Beaufort, because he is the only non-New Yorker, follows Ellen Olenska around, but who is inevitably ruined financially and exiled from New York society.

Overwhelmingly this novel was highly entertaining for those who like social scandal! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
:((( ( )
  gregsonog | Feb 21, 2021 |
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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.
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Wharton, Edithautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Auchincloss, LouisIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Bresnahan, AlyssaNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Lewis, R.W.B.Introduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lively, PenelopeIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lorna, RaverNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Munro, AlanNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Quinn, Laura Dluzynskiautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Raver, LornaNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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.
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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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