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The Age of Innocence

Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937 (Paperback - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Engaged to marry socialite May Welland, Newland Archer meets Countess Ellen Olenska, a woman unbound by convention and surrounded by scandal, and is forced to decide between happiness and the social code that has ruled his life.

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Engaged to marry socialite May Welland, Newland Archer meets Countess Ellen Olenska, a woman unbound by convention and surrounded by scandal, and is forced to decide between happiness and the social code that has ruled his life. Reissue.

Authors: Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937
Statement of Responsibility: Edith Wharton ; with an introduction by Regina Barreca and a new afterword by Judith P. Saunders
Title: The age of innocence
Publisher: New York : Signet Classics ; c2008
Characteristics: 316 p. ; 18 cm.
Subject Headings: Triangles (Interpersonal relations) Fiction Separated women Fiction Social norms Fiction Upper class Fiction Married people Fiction New York (N.Y.) Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Topical Term: Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
Separated women
Social norms
Upper class
Married people
LCCN: 2009291092
ISBN: 9780451530882
0451530888
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC W
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Aug 19, 2012
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 28, 2012
  • filmguy86 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 06, 2011
  • macierules rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Unfortunately this book, as too many others are missing, or on trace, or lost... Watch attentively and take record every time when you find that some item is missing. I think the authorities of the library should be informed out of this site.

Mar 18, 2011
  • lil_miss_information rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my all-time favourites, and probably Wharton's best.

Jul 27, 2010
  • tinker_bell19 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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

Mar 27, 2010
  • hermlou rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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".

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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