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 - Chris_V - LibraryThing
Although it's only been 7 years since I read this book I have no recollection of any of the four stories within! I am sure the prose is as polished and brittle as any other Wharton but it will have to wait for a re-read... if it gets that lucky! Read full review