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The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields
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Aug 10, 12

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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