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Madame de Treymes (Penguin 60s) (original 1907; edition 1995)

by Edith Wharton

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Title:Madame de Treymes (Penguin 60s)
Authors:Edith Wharton
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1995), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 96 pages
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Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton (1907)

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This novella of Edith Wharton's is a gem! In a mere 87 pages a saga unfolds. It is a saga of character, a saga of cultural identities clashing, and a saga of the meaning of love. Excellent! ( )
  hemlokgang | Dec 12, 2010 |
I read this short novel (really a novella in spite of the fact that it has chapters) as an introduction to Edith Wharton's work. I chose poorly. The plot is interesting enough, concerning a gentleman who wants to marry an American woman living in Paris. The only problem is, she's separated from her current husband, and his family will not consent to a divorce so she can marry again. The novel is restrained, understated, and turn-of-the-century. And those are all bad things in this case. The characters make you feel like they are not real people -- that they are actors playing the part of characters in a book. If that sounds weird, it's on purpose. If you have never read Wharton before, this is not a good introduction to her work. If you have read and enjoyed other Wharton works, give this one a pass -- you haven't missed anything. ( )
  timeenuf | Jul 7, 2010 |
It's a love story that can never be consummated. It's about a man of truth and integrity doing what he knows to be right even though it means giving up his own happiness. It's also about a family willing to give up all integrity in order to preserve itself. What is most important in life and how much are you willing to sacrifice for it? That is the question Wharton wants her readers to ask themselves.

Wharton is an expert at drawing clear images of her characters. She brings an insider's view of the "rat race" of the wealthy from the end of the 19th century on into the beginning of the 20th. She shows from different angles just how hard it was to be happy in this environment and how nearly impossible it was to keep ahold of one's personal ethics at the top.

See my full review here:
http://educatingpetunia.blogspot.com/2007/06/reviewmadame-de-treymes.html ( )
  shakenbake212 | Jan 30, 2008 |
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This is a short work containing the single novella Madame de Treymes. Please do not combine it with the Virago or other editions which contain three other novellas as well. (One edition here has a mismatch between the title Madame de Treymes (Penguin 60s) and the ISBN 1844083586, which is one for the Virago edition and is pulling in an incorrect Virago cover. It seems best to leave it here.)
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Edith Wharton's "Madame de Treymes" is a remarkable example of the form. It is the story of the tactical defeat but moral victory of an honest and upstanding American in his struggle to win a wife from a tightly united but feudally minded French aristocratic family. He loses, but they cheat. . . . In a masterpiece of brevity, Wharton dramatizes the contrast between the two opposing forces: the simple and proper old brownstone New York, low in style but high in principle, and the achingly beautiful but decadent Saint-Germain district of Paris. The issue is seamlessly joined.

Louis Auchincloss in the "Wall Street Journal," 2006

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