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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
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Oct 05, 2007

it was amazing
Read in August, 2007

Maybe this book got five stars from me because it has sentimental value - my mother enjoyed the movie enough to buy the tape, which was an extravagance for her, and I grew up watching it over and over again and really enjoying it. Amazingly, I never read the book until quite recently. I had only ever read Ethan Frome by Wharton before, which is certainly a good book, but also sort of an after-school special. (KIDS: DON'T ADULTERATE AND TOBAGGON.) I passionately loved Age, though. Wharton's characters' convoluted social maneuvers are executed with the same subtle, elegant precision with which she writes about them. It is a vivid and complex social critique, and all the more interesting to me because it comes from a privileged male character's perspective - I'm more accustomed to reading such novels from the hapless female character's POV. (Hardy, I am glaring in your direction.) The ending is deeply satisfying to me - although I wish it would have turned out differently, I simply cannot imagine it having done so. And I highly recommend the movie as well - wonderful acting and a script that literally follows the novel word for word.
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message 1: by Maggie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:58PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars


You are the winner. For serious.

I adore the movie and often refer to it as the best adaptation of a novel into film that I've seen.

Mary i saw the movie first then i read the novel and it is great how close the movie stays to the novel. Loved both- but it is just so sad when newland won't go up to ellen at the very end in Paris. - i 'm still only half understanding why he won't......

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