The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

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The return of the beautiful Countess Olenska into the rigidly conventional society of New York sends reverberations throughout the upper reaches of society.

Newland Archer, an eligible young man of the establishment is about to announce his engagement to May Welland, a pretty ingénue, when May's cousin, Countess Olenska, is introduced into their circle. The Countess brings with her an aura of European sophistication and a hint of scandal, having left her husband and claimed her independence.

Her sorrowful eyes, her tragic worldliness and her air of unapproachability attract the sensitive Newland and, almost against their will, a passionate bond develops between them. But Archer's life has no place for passion and, with society on the side of May and all she stands for, he finds himself drawn into a bitter conflict between love and duty.

Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1998, c1996.
Edition: 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed.
ISBN: 9780140189704
014018970X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wharton Edith
Characteristics: 380 p. ;,21 cm.

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patienceandfortitude Aug 19, 2012

Ultimately, I didn't really love this book. Maybe I've just reached a point in life where the ethics of love and the pressures of society don't interest me all that much. Not my cup of tea, although I liked the beginning and the end better than the middle.

filmguy86 Jun 14, 2012

I feel richer for the experience of this book! Wharton was certainly at the height of her literary prowess. The book is difficult, but the story--if you stick with it (especially around about pg. 100)--reaches out and applies to everyone who wishes to learn more about themselves. "The Age of Innocence" is more than literary modernism, or a relic of the Victorian Age in the US--it's a guide for understanding the roots of our society and how these traditions shape the surface of today.

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macierules
Jun 06, 2011

I love this book - Edith Wharton has a very good sense of humour.

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tinker_bell19
Jul 27, 2010

So boring I didn't even finish it....but my friend did and from what she told me it wasn't worth finishing.

hermlou Mar 27, 2010

Victorian New York City is the location of this novel. Wharton describes the constrictions of upper class society as she tells of a love story between Newland Archer and the exotic Countess Olenska. The language is rich and depicts the behaviour and language of the time. To me the best line was "atmosphere of faint implications and pale delicacies".

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dms
Jul 16, 2008

Amazing book (and the film is good too). Again, Wharton shows the social pressures of the time and how they affect women, marriages and love. Old New York vs. New New York are pitted against each other as well.

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ArapahoeSusanW Oct 06, 2016

Scathing tale of societal pressure set in "Old New York".
Wharton at her best!

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Jul 16, 2008

"Her eyes were wet with victory."

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