Day 18 – The Age Of Innocence by Edith Wharton
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
I read this book for the first time in college and have read it a few times since then.
As much as I love romance novels, I do also love great literary works that use lyrical language to explore the human experience —especially the female experience—in unexpected ways.
After college, I read a lot Wharton. I am a fan of everything I’ve read from her, but this one is special: It’s the first one I ever read, and the first book by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize.
Definitely worth a read, though if you’re a “must-have-an-HEA” reader, you may not like this one. There’s a lot to love in this book, though, including the sense that, though she loses her great love, the main female character survives and thrives.
Have you read Edith Wharton? What do you think? I especially remember being blown away by her short stories, so if you’re not sure about devoting time to her full novels, maybe try one or two of those.
The Age Of Innocence
One of Edith Wharton’s most famous novels—the first by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize—exquisitely details a tragic struggle between love and responsibility in Gilded Age New York.
Newland Archer, an aristocratic young lawyer, is engaged to the cloistered, beautiful May Welland. But when May’s cousin Ellen arrives from Europe, fleeing her failed marriage to a Polish count, her worldly and independent nature intrigues and unsettles Archer. Trapped by his passionless relationship with May and the social conventions that forbid a relationship with the disgraced Ellen, Archer is torn between possibility and duty. Wharton’s profound understanding of her characters’ lives makes the triangle of Archer, May, and Ellen both urgent and poignant. An incisive look at the ways desire and emotion must negotiate the complex rules of society, The Age of Innocence is one of Wharton’s most moving works.
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