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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
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Apr 22, 07

bookshelves: classics-traditional, books-to-film

I remember reading this as a child (the movie had just come out then and I was pretty much addicted to period films), and I hated Countess Olenska. Of course, I know better now. How society manipulates the love triangle between Olenska, Archer and his fiancee May is so subtle yet so powerful. May's betrayal distrubed me the most, as it was easy to believe her to be good, being virginal compared to the more liberal Countess Olenska. In the end, the outcome is nothing short of tragic. It is not so easy to go against society, after all, then or now.

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