The Age of Innocence is the second book I read by Edith Wharton’s after The Touchstone, and I plan to read her other books from now on. It is so pure and pleasant that I did not want to read anything else for a while. I focused solely on it in order not to be detached from the world created by the author. I’m sure this book, which is so charming with everything from its characters to New York’s rules, will have the same effect on many readers.
The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s most popular book, and it has a film version as well. The book, about an impossible love that sprouts amid the monotonous and suffocating rules of the society, takes place in New York’s Golden Age. Apart from being a tragic love story, it also touches on the differences between America and Europe. The descriptions of the change of the elite and society over time and the implications of this change are exquisite. And what people live in this process is a joy to read.
All this and many, many more come to life with Wharton’s nicely-crafted characters. Every character in the book, from Madame Olenska to May and Archer, will leave a significant mark on you. I wonder which character of this tragic story, will you feel close to yourself. I must warn you; it will tell a lot about your life and hold you an exquisite mirror. I’d recommend this lovely book to everyone. and watch the film afterwards. Enjoy!
The Age of Innocence
Widely regarded as one of Edith Wharton’s greatest achievements, The Age of Innocence is not only subtly satirical, but also a sometimes dark and disturbing comedy of manners in its exploration of the ‘eternal triangle’ of love.
Set against the backdrop of upper-class New York society during the 1870s, the author’s combination of powerful prose combine with a thoroughly researched and meticulous evocation of the manners and style of the period, has delighted readers since the novel’s first publication in 1920.
In 1921 The Age of Innocence achieve a double distinction – it won the Pulitzer Prize and so it was the first time this prestigious award had been won by a woman author.
Edith Wharton was an American novelist, short story writer, and so designer. Wharton drew upon her insider’s knowledge of the upper-class New York. “Aristocracy” to realistically portray the lives and morals of the Gilded Age.
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