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The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton
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Why I recommend this — 5 years ago


This is book is definitely an apology for the harsh criticism of upper-class American society Wharton lobbed in House of Mirth. I was throughly disgusted with the characters in the first half of the book. I wanted to reach in and slap so many characters

However, the second half, Wharton redeemed herself. I found her depiction of a half-life very haunting. I think this book is great in terms of it’s ability of being able to make one feel suffocated along with the characters in a gilded cage. Modern people find such a life impossible because divorce is acceptable now!

Surprised at How Little I Liked It — 6 years ago


I normally like classics, particularly late 19th century literature, but Wharton’s writing frustrated me, in the fact that it completely contradicted the point she was trying to make in her story. Her writing reaked of snobby, uperclass, convention; everything she was criticizing in her book. I found it quite stiffling to read, and was forced to walk around several times after a chapter or so to clear my head and catch some air.

The story, sadly was not strong enough to draw me in completel either. I only feigned a mild interest in it at few points in the book. I feel bad aout not being able to enjoy this classic more, but I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

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