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The Children by Edith Wharton
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Feb 16, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: american-literature, authors-vw
Read from January 18 to 19, 2010 , read count: 1

Martin Boyne befriends a loose family of unruly children on board a ship and gets far more than he bargained for when he's drawn into their family affairs and starts to fall in love with the eldest, fifteen-year-old Judith. Man, I came so close to bouncing off this one. Regrettably, Wharton just doesn't do children well; their precocity is faintly repulsive. Fortunately, once she's finished introducing the children, it becomes much more interesting, as she trains her piercing gaze on the shenanigans of their much-married parents. Much of the book is more comic and less scathing than her best, yet the relationship between Martin and Judith is very well done, bittersweet and complex.

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Reading Progress

01/19/2010 page 92
25.0% "Oh, dear, I'm bouncing off this rather. The children are simply sickening."
01/19/2010 page 166
45.11% "All right, it's gotten better now that she's established characters (including sickening children) and is focusing on situation."

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