Madame de Treymes
Edith Wharton's "Madame de Treymes" is a remarkable example of the form. It is the story of the tactical defeat but moral victory of an honest and upstanding American in his struggle to win a wife from a tightly united but feudally minded French aristocratic family. He loses, but they cheat. . . . In a masterpiece of brevity, Wharton dramatizes the contrast between the two opposing forces: the simple and proper old brownstone New York, low in style but high in principle, and the achingly beautiful but decadent Saint-Germain district of Paris. The issue is seamlessly joined.
Louis Auchincloss in the "Wall Street Journal," 2006
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hemlokgang - LibraryThing
This novella of Edith Wharton's is a gem! In a mere 87 pages a saga unfolds. It is a saga of character, a saga of cultural identities clashing, and a saga of the meaning of love. Excellent! Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - timeenuf - LibraryThing
I read this short novel (really a novella in spite of the fact that it has chapters) as an introduction to Edith Wharton's work. I chose poorly. The plot is interesting enough, concerning a gentleman ... Read full review