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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
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Originally Posted @ Novel Reveries
This book was really educating in the use of wit, observation, and overt description of personalities and environment to convey the tone of the victorian age of society. Edith Wharton's writing style is elaborate, yet the overall comprehension flows beautifully as the world is seen through Newland Archer's eyes. Newland must deal with the customs of New York society, as disgusted as he may feel towards some of them, and watches as "a haunting horror of doing the same thing every day at the same hour besieged his brain." (40) It is because of these monotonous "innocent" customs that he feels a deep love towards Ellen Olenski, as it is in her nature to sort of go against the grain and flout from the victorian age New York society. The ending was, to me, unexpected and was quite a disappointment as it left me hanging with the uncertainty of Newland Archer's fate and happiness. In all, the book was beautifully written and told in a matter that called for a reevaluation and the reformation of how we act and think in our society.

"'Women ought to be free--as free as we are,' he declared, making a discovery of which he was too irritated to measure the terrific consequences." (20)

"What could he and she really know of each other, since it was his duty, as a "decent" fellow, to conceal his past from her, and hers, as a marriageable girl, to have no past to conceal. What if, for some one of the subtler reasons that would tell with both of them, they should tire of each other, misunderstand or irritate each other?" (21)

"'We can't behave like people in novels, though, can we?'
'Why not--why not--why not?'" (39)

"Ah, no, he did not want May to have that kind of innocence, the innocence that seals the mind against imagination and the heart against experience!" (68)

"There was no use in trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free..." (90)


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Reading Progress

January 17, 2012 – Shelved
August 9, 2012 – Started Reading
August 9, 2012 –
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August 10, 2012 –
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August 11, 2012 –
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August 12, 2012 –
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25.44% "3 kindle pages = 1 physical page :/ Therefore I'm really on pg. 159 of 507"
August 12, 2012 –
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August 13, 2012 –
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61.54% "again, 3 kindle pgs = 1 actual pg. lol! so im on pg. 312 out of 507"
August 13, 2012 –
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August 14, 2012 – Shelved as: from-kindle
August 14, 2012 – Finished Reading

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