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Review: The Age of Innocence

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com

The return of the beautiful Countess Olenska into the rigidly conventional society of New York sends reverberations throughout the upper reaches of society. Newland Archer, an eligible young man of the establishment is about to announce his engagement to May Welland, a pretty ingénue, when May's cousin, Countess Olenska, is introduced into their circle. The Countess brings with her an aura of ... Read full review

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User Review  - VeritysVeranda - LibraryThing

Wharton is one of my favorite authors for the descriptions of New York and high society of the late 19th century. Her stories may have been limited in scope as to the reality of the time but it reminds one of the glittering illusion of the super rich through a tinted looking glass. Read full review

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User Review  - Rocky_Wing - LibraryThing

a very quick and mostly light read. the main tension occurs between the outer desires of society and the inner desires of man. what should archer do? give in to his passionate love? or allow the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dorritt - LibraryThing

An unblinking examination of characters forced to choose between propriety and love, and a time when people still had to choose between the two. What I liked about the novel is that it makes you ... Read full review

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User Review  - mrosol - LibraryThing

A classic story about the unhappiness of marrying the wrong person and about the difficulties of extricating yourself from such an arrangement, especially when the process is complicated by the mores ... Read full review

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User Review  - louisville - LibraryThing

Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York. Newland Archer prepares to marry ... Read full review

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User Review  - pallavi11 - LibraryThing

No doubt she simply echoed what was said for her; but she was nearing her twenty-second birthday, and he wondered at what age "nice" women began to speak for themselves. .... It would presently be ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris_V - LibraryThing

A work of sublime artistry. An involving story of the caste system which operated in the New York high society of the early 1900s. When Newland Archer pays court to Countess Olenska, a friend of his ... Read full review

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User Review  - jmcilree - LibraryThing

Brilliant. Newland Archer, shortly after becoming engaged, falls in love with his betrothed's cousin and realizes his life will be dull and stultifying. An indictment of NY social life in the early 1900's. A brutal examination of marriage. Read full review

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User Review  - meitel1551 - LibraryThing

The Age of Innocence is all about "Old New York Society". However, you might be thinking right now what that is or thats probably going to be boring, but it really good book. "Old New York Society" is ... Read full review


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