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The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence
Author: Edith Wharton
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 “dreaded scandal more than disease.” — This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautif...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781593080747
ISBN-10: 1593080743
Publication Date: 1/16/2004
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
As so often is the case, the book was much, much better than the movie. Wharton is a master at portraying the intricacies of Victorian society and the characters' inner lives.
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Helpful Score: 2
The ending caught me totally off guard and made me cry a bit. It was well worth the effort!
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Helpful Score: 1
A picture of desire and betrayal in Old New York.
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Helpful Score: 1
Remarkably written, beautiful love story.
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If you saw and enjoyed the movie, you'll love the book. The movie focused on food and the American caste system as it existed in NY in the 1900s. The book has little to contribute relative to the food, but provides some of the background psyche as well as customs of the era. A delightful read and titillating in it's undertone.
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KaysCMAlbums avatar reviewed The Age of Innocence on + 97 more book reviews
"Fashionable New York in the 1870's." This book was, like many classics, a little hard to get into. Im usually not one to enjoy reading the classics as there are too many words and descriptive anecdotes that pass me by. And being a slow reader it is tedious, sometimes, to picture in my mind what the author is trying to convey, especially since I did not live during those times. However, once into the story I wanted to learn more; I wanted to see what was going to happen next and the prose didnt seem as cumbersome after that.

I cant say it was one of my most favorite books, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It was an interesting look into the society of the day and having lived in New England most of my life, visiting New York and Boston quite frequently, I can now see that money and society are still alive and well in the Big Apple, even though not as apparent unless you are looking for it. Perhaps the theater areas and around the mansions you might catch a glimpse now and then of old money society: limos, diamond-studded ladies wearing elegant furs, and every now and then someone like the Wellands and Archers with their protruding noses a little higher in the air than those around them. Ah, New York. There is no place like it. Visit sometime if you've never been there! It's a wonderful, fun look at Americana.
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Definitely got the best discussion of two years' worth of book club meetings! Challenging reading but captivating. Ending not what I would have preferred, but still enjoyed the book.
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One of my favorite Wharton books (I've read almost all of them) and I've read it more than once. You do have to want to read a book like this... similar to Shakespeare I think. Drink in the words slowly.


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