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Le Temps de l'innocence (original 1920; edition 1993)

by Edith Wharton

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Title:Le Temps de l'innocence
Authors:Edith Wharton
Info:Flammarion (1993), Poche, 312 pages
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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920)

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    2below: Similar plot and themes--both deal with the issue of being an outsider. I find James' prose a bit more vigorous than Wharton's.
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On the order of Price and Prejudice in setting, a great love story with lots of surprises and unexpected turns. Can hardly give a good opinion of this book without giving something away, but it's a great read. Funny and entertaining all the way, sometimes shake-your-head sad when you read of characters doing the "right thing" according to the standards of the time. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
A romance it is, but the 1920 Pulitzer Prize-winner is more than the flitting dance of eros between the sultry and still-married Madame Olenska and the lovestruck Newland Archer, engaged to the lovely but innocent May Welland. Archer is frustrated by the traditional, mannered circle of his upper crust upbringing of 1870s New York. Relatives of similar creed abound, and are well-drawn by Wharton. The writing is sharp, the forward action is carried well by oft-changing scenes. Settings around NYC and Newport are better than mere set pieces. Novel is deserving of its place among American classics. ( )
  JamesMScott | Jan 25, 2016 |
I first read this over 20 years ago — it's one of the few books I remember reading for pleasure while I was in college. And I loved it then, though at the time it was the climax of the first book that struck deepest at my heart. And it's still a fantastic act break, but this time through, the second book resonated more. As it should, because I'm older and more familiar with the way the world works.

Oddly enough, the two things that the book most reminded me of are Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, and The Wire. The former because, like Morpheus, Newland Archer resists change so long that it does him serious damage. The latter because, like The Wire, it's ultimately a tale of people who are completely at the mercy of the system that they think they can defeat, or at least play to their advantage.

And I cried at the end, because what else can you do? Gorgeous. ( )
  scarequotes | Jan 23, 2016 |
Yawn!!!!!!!! That sums up this book and I am only about half way through. Just when it appears that it may get a move on the author slips back into extensive long winded description about the glasses, doilies, dresses, blushing cheeks, the weather or anything else you can think of.

It is no wonder that this book is out of copy right and included as a ‘freebie’ on eReaders.

But on a positive note; I have no trouble going to sleep!

there should be another star here which grades books as 'Tolerable' for books like these which are not quite likeable but not in the did not like categories.

I could be bothered finishing this one. There are not many books that I give the royal flick so this one is among a special group. I also downgraded it from its previous two star rating. ( )
  DCarlin | Jan 23, 2016 |
I enjoyed this classic novel, set in the 1870's, of a man, during this "Age of Innocence," who gives up the love of his life to "do the right thing." 'Enjoyed' might be a strong word -- I'll amend -- I'm glad I read it. ( )
  TerriS | Jan 17, 2016 |
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So how can Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence possibly be the greatest New York novel of all time? Well, it is. It builds itself, obsessively, out of all the essential New York themes.
The appearance of such a book as "The Age of Innocence" by an American is a matter for public rejoicing. It is one of the best novels of the twentieth century and looks like a permanent addition to literature.

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Edith Whartonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Auchincloss, LouisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dayne, BrendaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howard, MaureenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, DianeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, R.W.B.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lively, PenelopeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Orgel, StephenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York.
And he felt himself oppressed by this creation of factitious purity, so cunningly manufactured by a conspiracy of mothers and aunts and grandmothers and long-dead ancestresses, because it was supposed to be what he wanted, what he had a right to, in order that he might exercise his lordly pleasure in smashing it like an image made of snow.
It was the old New York way of taking life" without effusion of blood": the way of people who dreaded scandal more than disease, who placed decency above courage, and who considered that nothing was more ill-bred than "scenes", except the behavior of those who gave rise to them.
When he thought of Ellen Olenska it was abstractly, serenely, as one might think of some imaginary beloved in a book or a picture: she had become the composite vision of all that he had missed.
"That terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in, the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything, looked back at him like a stranger through May Welland's familiar features; and once more it was borne in on him that marriage was not the safe anchorage he had been taught to think, but a voyage on uncharted seas."
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In the conformist, closed world of upper-class New York, Newland Archer anticipates his marriage to May Welland, a young girl "who knew nothing and expected everything". Into this ordered arrangement bursts May's cousin, Ellen, the mysterious and exotic Countess Olenska, on the run from an appallingly unhappy marriage. She alternately captivates and outrages the New York milieu and, as Newland's sympathy for her deepens into love, he not only gains insight into the brutality of society's treatment of women, but discovers the real anguish of loving outside its rules. Critical, compassionate, and acutely perceptive about both the individual and the defensiveness of society, The Age of Innocence is perhaps Edith Wharton's finest work.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 159308143X, Paperback)

Somewhere in this book, Wharton observes that clever liars always come up with good stories to back up their fabrications, but that really clever liars don't bother to explain anything at all. This is the kind of insight that makes The Age of Innocence so indispensable. Wharton's story of the upper classes of Old New York, and Newland Archer's impossible love for the disgraced Countess Olenska, is a perfectly wrought book about an era when upper-class culture in this country was still a mixture of American and European extracts, and when "society" had rules as rigid as any in history.

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Newland Archer begins to question the values of high society in Victorian New York when he finds himself torn between two very different women--his proper young fiancee and her exotic cousin.

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