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The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields
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Aug 06, 2012

it was ok
Read from August 09 to 10, 2012

For some of us, anything Edith Wharton interests. The Age of Desire does meet that requirement. It also illuminates a relationship with her governess/secretary, Anna Bahlman, heretofore unknown to me. The book is reasonably well-plotted, the scenes reasonably well-chosen, and her depiction of these historical people as characters are all solid. But the writing is only serviceable, pedestrian; it gets the job done, nothing more. Fields also has the annoying habit of using French words and phrases that any reader without a pretty good working knowledge of French will not know. This feels forced and fey. Fine for a beach or airplane read, otherwise read one of the Wharton biographies, her letters, or more of her fiction.
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