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The Age of InnocenceWinner 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 “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 tableThis little book is so clever Everything about it from the damn title to nearly every piece of dialogue is perfectly placed and often ironic Things that didn't hit me fully the first time around became so much important in this reread Wharton knows 1870s New York City like the back of her hand; she knows its habits its traditions and its expectations of people She creates a rich twinkly picture of parties and social standards that is both delightful and ultimately ridiculous then she throws a spanner in the worksNever has a love triangle been so welcomed by me This isn't the modern affair we're used to where a girl must choose between hot guy #1 and hot guy #2 Nope in this story Newland Archer is torn between the stability comfort and duty he can be offered by the socially favoured match with May Welland and his passionate all consuming love for the unconventional rebellious and ostracized Ellen Olenska “Each time you happen to me all over again” It's as important as it is beautifully written Wharton casts an eye over this society both disdainful and affectionate Incorporating issues of female emancipation into the story never has the idea of a woman enslaved by marriage and convention seemed so unattractive from a male perspective Newland Archer is full of modernity and the call of new ideas but finds that any freedom he poses to May she would receive only with the intention of pleasing him Though it should be said I believe May is far than she seemsIt's hard to read the ending of this book without feeling emotional but the exact emotion may differ with your interpretation Ambiguity reigns supreme as this novel finds its close and even the coldest of unromantics will surely have their hearts pulled along for this ride One of my favourite tragic love affairs “Only I wonder – the thing one’s so certain of in advance can it ever make one’s heart beat as wildly?” Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

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PDF ✓ BOOK The Age of Innocence ✓ JOHNSCYCLINGDIARY Õ ❴KINDLE❵ ❁ The Age of Innocence Author Edith Wharton – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 oEaded 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 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 Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after 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 itElite New York society says of the Countess separated from her husband who remains in Europe “And now it’s too late; her life is finished” For a time she considers going back to her husband She shocks people by wearing the wrong things hanging out with the wrong people or by engaging men in frank conversation In elite New York society at that time a woman could not walk away from conversation with a man to engage in conversation with another man; she had to wait for him to come to her The Countess shocks people by referring occasionally to ‘my husband’ when everyone expects her never to mention him But she is somewhat protected by her family connections she is Newland’s wife’s cousin Even though people will say in conversation “I don’t want to hear about anything unpleasant in her history” all of them already know all the dirt Those in New York society at the time thought themselves superior to their counterparts in Europe They think know European customs because they all honeymoon and vacation there for months at a time Their goal is to keep out the “new people” They spend fortunes on dresses from Paris but wait a year to wear them because it is not sheik to wear the ‘latest fashions’ A woman is dishonored by her husband’s shady financial dealings While they claim to be well read and to love art and music they will not hang out with those types of people or invite them to their parties In conversation people blush and pale constantly Newland thinks of his wife May as a ‘Stepford wife’ Seeing her brow glistening in the light “he said to himself with a secret dismay that he would always know the thoughts behind it that never in all the years to come would she surprise him by an unexpected mood by a new idea a weakness a cruelty or an emotion” May is “That terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything”Newland thinks of himself as enlightened Among men he says “Women should be free – as free as we are” knowing full well that “Nice women however wronged would never claim the kind of freedom he meant and generous minded men like himself were therefore – in the heat of the argument – the chivalrously ready to concede it to them” But of May he thinks “There was no use trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free”After Newland and the Countess f

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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 “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 each other This is the worst form of torture a torture of invisible chains and soundless screams Constantly seeing each other constantly being reminded of what cannot be Constantly falling in love yet constantly falling apart The urge the love the longing constantly growing engulfing you until you cannot bear to live Every part of your body numb and unaware of the realities around you Because for you only the pain you feel is real The only truth you know is that everything is a lie Edith Wharton paints a very delicate picture that resonates elegiac waves and enraptures its readers to the very bone One can't help but succumb to this level of desire of emotion and empathize because of the atmosphere that Wharton has created Her prose is crisp straight and true One might say that her prose is a reflection of her New York socialite self Wharton was born with uite a few gazillion silver spoons stuck somewhere on her buttocks Aside from that with such a dazzling foray of words she evoked such emotion in me that I was afraid I might like her Facebook page at some point So with that in mind I vowed to refrain from using Facebook until I've finished reading this book Well it worked fine for me On another note I was really impressed with her depiction of the 1870s New York Based on a little research I did her canvas of the place was just spot on splendid It was the spirit of it the spirit of the exuisite romantic pain The idea that the mere touching of a woman's hand would suffice The idea that seeing her across the room would keep him alive for another year That sort of a relationship that uniue communication between two people savagely drawn to the other like moth to a flame is of a different level than all the other types of communication This communication between them is that of the deepest kind A communication that needs not one of the five senses This communication of feeling of intense knowing of mutual understanding this unity of the mind this shared consciousness is the effect of a love that knows no bounds strengthened to an insane proportion by the fact that it was never meant to be “The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend” What's the use? You gave me my glimpse of a real life and at the same moment you asked me to go on with a sham oneBut what really struck me the most was that irony that these two people enlightened to be different from the “pretend people” who revile them and mockingly laugh at their trained innocence and hapless practices were to be subjected to a pretend relationship as well “In reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world where the real thing was never said or done or even thought but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs” They that were above that “Innocence” were cruelly placed upon a circumstance in which they have to feign Innocence as well