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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
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Jul 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: classics, fiction
Read in December, 2008 — I own a copy

Classic, depressing Wharton. The characterization is phenominal, and the passage of time well represented by. Society of 1800's New York is well represented by the juxtoposition of the "foreign" Madame Olenska and May Welland/Archer, and the struggle of Newland Archer, who must choose between the two - and the lives that they represent. Of course, the author is Wharton, and that means that the ending is depressing, if satisfying to the reader, who knows how society dictates it must end. It is interesting that this particular book is about convention to society, whereas Wharton, with her untraditional, if not entirely unhappy, endings tends to defy the society of women authors of her time.
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