“The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton (1920) – book review

Oh, what a discovery!

Initially, found the book so sluggish, especially of course as nothing much actually happens in these aristocratic circles. Then, out of the blue, the pace quickens, the characters evolve (oh my gosh, May!!) and the whole book comes vividly alive. Found myself marking passages with pencil in the borders, and gasping as events unfurl and the trap sets in indomitably.

Was sorry to reach the end of the book, and gawd those last few pages make me wince with anguish even now. The film is quite splendid and very faithful to the novel, but it would be a shame not to read the book even if you have seen the film because it is so exquisite. At the risk of repeating myself, oh, what a discovery!

Read : years ago.

Rating : a resounding 10/10 – A FAVOURITE READ

Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize

Image taken from here.
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8 Responses to “The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton (1920) – book review

  1. Julie Macdonald says:

    Well this has to go on my list after such an endorsement.

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  2. After having to read and re-read and re-read Ethan Fromme at school, with my own girls, and then with my Korean students, I never had the stomach to read any more Edith W. You just may have convinced me to give her another go. Maybe I will put this on my summer read list.

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  3. I confess to liking Ethan F also, but only read it the once at the time when the Boy was studying it – agree that repeated re-reading would definitely feel like heavy weather!

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