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The Innocents by Francesca Segal
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Jun 17, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012, family-drama, contemporary-fiction, brit-lit
Read from June 17 to 20, 2012

3.5+ stars. Based on an Edith Wharton novel, one of my favorite authors (this is based on Age of Innocence, though, and I personally prefer House of Mirth). This focuses on a tight-knit circle of Jewish friends/family in London (interesting choice given Wharton’s anti-Semitism). More specifically it focuses on Adam and his fiancée/new wife Rachel. The writing is sharp and funny and most of the characters clearly drawn, with the exception of Adam, which is odd since he is the protagonist. I didn’t really get a good feel for him other than his wants/desires. Let me amend that, his needs/aspirations are clear like glass but I couldn’t picture him. Rachel, on the other hand, leaps off the page. I loved her as a character even though I think she’d annoy me as an actual person. The matriarchs are also very vivid. Not a ton happens, this is not a super plotty book, but it’s beautifully written and I enjoyed it a great deal.
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