The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

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Newland Archer and May Welland are the perfect couple, and all seems set for success, until the arrival of May’s unconventional cousin Ellen Olenska, who returns from Europe without her husband and proceeds to shake up polite New York society. To Newland, she is a breath of fresh air and a free-spirit, but the bond that develops between them threatens his relationship with May.

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Edith Wharton's novel reworks the eternal triangle of two women and a man in a strikingly original manner. When about to marry the beautiful and conventional May Welland, Newland Archer falls in love with her very unconventional cousin, the Countess Olenska. The consequent drama, set in New York during the 1870s, reveals terrifying chasms under the polished surface of upper-class society as the increasingly fraught Archer struggles with conflicting obligations and desires. The first woman to do so, Edith Wharton won the Pulitzer Prize for this dark comedy of manners which was immediately recognized as one of her greatest achievements.


Publisher: London : Vintage Books, 2008
ISBN: 9780099511281
Characteristics: xvii, 308 p. ; 20 cm

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patienceandfortitude Aug 19, 2012

Ultimately, I didn't really love this book. Maybe I've just reached a point in life where the ethics of love and the pressures of society don't interest me all that much. Not my cup of tea, although I liked the beginning and the end better than the middle.

filmguy86 Jun 14, 2012

I feel richer for the experience of this book! Wharton was certainly at the height of her literary prowess. The book is difficult, but the story--if you stick with it (especially around about pg. 100)--reaches out and applies to everyone who wishes to learn more about themselves. "The Age of Innocence" is more than literary modernism, or a relic of the Victorian Age in the US--it's a guide for understanding the roots of our society and how these traditions shape the surface of today.

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macierules
Jun 06, 2011

I love this book - Edith Wharton has a very good sense of humour.

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tinker_bell19
Jul 27, 2010

So boring I didn't even finish it....but my friend did and from what she told me it wasn't worth finishing.

hermlou Mar 27, 2010

Victorian New York City is the location of this novel. Wharton describes the constrictions of upper class society as she tells of a love story between Newland Archer and the exotic Countess Olenska. The language is rich and depicts the behaviour and language of the time. To me the best line was "atmosphere of faint implications and pale delicacies".

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dms
Jul 16, 2008

Amazing book (and the film is good too). Again, Wharton shows the social pressures of the time and how they affect women, marriages and love. Old New York vs. New New York are pitted against each other as well.

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AL_SUSANW Oct 06, 2016

Scathing tale of societal pressure set in "Old New York".
Wharton at her best!

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dms
Jul 16, 2008

"Her eyes were wet with victory."

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