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La edad de la inocencia by Edith Wharton

La edad de la inocencia (original 1920; edition 2003)

by Edith Wharton

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Title:La edad de la inocencia
Authors:Edith Wharton
Info:RBA Colecciones
Collections:Club de Lectura Curso 2012/2013
Tags:novela de costumbres, romántica.

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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920)

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    TineOliver: Both look at love and marriage in the upper classes of New York society (however, at different time periods)
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A look at 1880's-1900's New York society. Wharton focuses on the characters' thoughts, veiled message, secret communication, delayed gratification. The tension is palpable. Some members of our book club did not like it because it didn't move, but that's the whole point. ( )
  BookConcierge | May 27, 2016 |
I couldn't get through it. The first chapter was a snooze. ( )
  meowism | May 17, 2016 |
I avoided Wharton's work for years because I hated Ethan Frome when I read it in high school, and now I realize I made a grave mistake. The Age of Innocence is wonderful. I can't remember the last time I was so captivated by a novel of manners. This is like an anthropologist's treatise on 1870s New York City high society, and it is revelatory both about its time period and our assigned roles now. I found the views on the roles of women particularly relevant and engaging. Highly recommended. ( )
  sparemethecensor | Apr 18, 2016 |
Well. Hmmm. While this book is good and certainly a treasure for its picture of a past long gone, I can't help but wonder: 1) why the hero is so weak and leaves me so dissatisfied and 2) if this got a pulitzer prize because it was written from a man's POV and because it was an insider look into NY high society. There still aren't enough women critics. Would a book about this from a woman's POV have won the award? No. It is quite a let down for me. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
Edith Wharton writes the most intricately detailed stories that sometimes seem to be more intent on describing a particular room, or scene but manage to take you along for a journey through the lives of her characters. Without Wharton's abilities as a writer, understanding the actions of the characters in a time so different from ours would be impossible. Wharton makes us understand the times, and, therefore, the motives and actions of the characters. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 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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Wharton, Edithprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Auchincloss, LouisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dayne, BrendaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horovitch, DavidNarratorsecondary 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
Raver, LornaNarratorsecondary 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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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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