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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
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Apr 01, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, my-classics

Edith Wharton dissects with a sharp knife, the upper class society of 19th century of New York City....its rules, rituals, and inter-marriages within class. And she does it with wit and descriptive excellence. Newland Archer looks forward with anticipation to his life with his new bride, the beautiful May.....but then he meets her cousin, the Countess Oleska, a disgraced woman who has left her husband and returned to NYC. She becomes his downfall although the "affair" is cerebral rather than physical. He is now trapped in a marriage that cannot be dissolved but will never be fulfilling. It is a fascinating look at how society's rules of behavior took precedent over personal happiness. Highly recommended.

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April 1, 2012 – Started Reading
April 1, 2012 – Shelved
April 6, 2012 – Shelved as: fiction
April 6, 2012 – Shelved as: my-classics
April 6, 2012 – Finished Reading

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