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The Age of Innocence

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 a time when society people “dr. Part of why I love The Age of Innocence so much is for the very reason my students hate it the subtlety of action in a society constrained by its own ridiculous rules and s In Old New York conformity is key and the upper crust go about a life of ritual that has no substance or meaning Both men and women are victims in this world as both are denied economic intellectual and creative outlets All the world s a stage in Wharton s New York and everyone wears a mask of society s creation Such is the norm until Newland ArcherSymbolically Newland represents an America on the cusp of modernization the awkward period of transition between the Victorian era and World War I At first a devout member of New York aristocracy Newland is awakened as one from a trance with the arrival of Countess Ellen Olenska Ellen decides to separate from her abusive husband Count Olenski and is rud to have escaped the Count by having an affair with his secretary a scandalous circumstance that brings her back home to her native New York Vibrant intellectual and free spirited when compared with the dowdy and restrained women he s known Ellen s predicament is a revelation to Newland As he himself has just ended an affair with a married woman and knows the ease with which society forgave his indiscretion when contrasted with Ellen Newland begins to acknowledge the ineuality amongst the sexes However there s a serious roadblock to Newland ever being with the captivating Ellen Ellen is the cousin of May Welland Newland s fiancee Wharton writes with cutting wit about the hypocritical and ludicrous customs of blue blood society and cunningly plots events to work against Newland the archer whose target is a new land in which he and Ellen can be together The pity is that ultimately May proves to be the cunning huntress who cleverly stalks and traps her uarry in the labyrinth of societyCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

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Ter a disastrous marriage Archer falls deeply in love with her Torn between duty and passion Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life or mercilessly destroy. This book which examines lives stifled by the social conventions of 1870s Manhattan is a classic masterpiece precisely because it is anything but conventional Ironically it had me longing for the lovers to dip their toes in love story convention by finding a hotel room at least once especially with lines like this one Each time you happen to me all over again Oh Newland Archer Oh Ellen OlenskaBut no the brilliant Edith Wharton doesn t allow it She stays the course showing the follies of Old New York society the sometimes impossible and suffocating nature of marriage and the changeability of social s that seem so important in the moment but which are forgotten with the passing of a few years She also shows how both noble and tragic it is to do the right thing rather than chasing happiness where it fliesThe poignancy of resignation and missed opportunities reminds me of similar themes addressed in The Remains of the Day And though Wharton s Pulitzer Prize winning novel was written almost a hundred years ago it still feels fresh and relevant This was my second reading of this book The last time I read it was probably two decades ago so it was almost like I was reading it for the first time The only thing I can remember of my first reading was the feeling I had as I turned the last page The overwhelming sense of I loved this and must read it again I had the same experience this time I guess some things just don t change Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers you happen to me all over again Oh Newland Archer Oh Ellen OlenskaBut no the brilliant Edith Wharton doesn t allow it She stays the course showing the follies of Old New York society the sometimes impossible and suffocating nature of marriage and the changeability of social s that seem so important in the moment but which are forgotten with the passing of a few Devoted to Drew years She also shows how both noble and tragic it is to do the right thing rather than chasing happiness where it fliesThe poignancy of resignation and missed opportunities reminds me of similar themes addressed in The Remains of the Day And though Wharton s Pulitzer Prize winning novel was written almost a hundred

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Eaded scandal than disease”This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York af. The most perfect ending in literature I ll never get over it

  • Paperback
  • 293
  • The Age of Innocence
  • Edith Wharton
  • English
  • 12 September 2017
  • 9781593081430

About the Author: Edith Wharton

Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase keeping up with the Joneses The youngest of three children Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and upon the family's return to the United States enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport Rhode Island Edith's creativity and talent soon became obvious By the a



10 thoughts on “The Age of Innocence

  1. says:

    “We can't behave like people in novels though can we?” A few years ago I read The Age of Innocence and thought it was okay It has something of an Austen esue feel criticisms of middleupper middle class society paired with a subtle and clever humour and a love story here deliciously scandalous But it's taken me a few years to come back to this novel and appreciate the magic Wharton has brought to the tableT

  2. says:

    Part of why I love The Age of Innocence so much is for the very reason my students hate it the subtlety of action in a society constrained by its own ridiculous rules and s In Old New York conformity is key and the upper crust go about a life of ritual that has no substance or meaning Both men and women are victi

  3. says:

    ‘The longing was with him day and night an incessant undefinable craving like the sudden whim of a sick man for food or drink once tasted and long since forgotten He could not see beyond the craving or picture what it might lead to for he w

  4. says:

    The blurb on GR gives a good summary so I will start with that as the first paragraphWinner 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 a time when society people “dreaded scandal than disease” This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland But when the mysterious Coun

  5. says:

    The most perfect ending in literature I'll never get over it

  6. says:

    Appearances can be deceiving as this superb classic novel revealsNewland Archer has the perfect life rich young and good looking a member in excellent standing of New York's High Society of 1871 during the Golden Age These people feel not like prisoners but brave members of a group keeping back the barbarians at the gate Newland is engaged to

  7. says:

    Myself and the Pulitzer prize have previously not always seen eye to eye but Finally I have read one worthy of giving top marks to T

  8. says:

    “Each time you happen to me all over again” Imagine that person you love most in this world right within your grasp but somehow out of reach An invisible thin wall keeping you apart Apart but not away from each other Together yet not with

  9. says:

    This book which examines lives stifled by the social conventions of 1870s Manhattan is a classic masterpiece precisely because it is anything but conventional Ironically it had me longing for the lovers to dip their toes

  10. says:

    Yes indeedy what could be jejune than another early 20th century novelist choosing as her subject the problematic relatio

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