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In "The Last Asset", Wharton is at her best, depicting a social climbing mother who commissions a young journalist to retrieve her estranged husband from obscurity in order to present a facade of respectability for her daughter's immanent marriage.
"Autre Temps" follows the travails of a divorced mother re-entering society after being cut from various New England social circles for the purpose of supporting her daughter's marriage. Her underestimating of the mechanistic conformity of society leads her to an ironic fate.
In "Expiation", one of Wharton's funniest satires, "a bishop and his niece conspire to earn each other's fortunes, she by writing a mildly scandalous book, he by denouncing it from the pulpit; the book's title is that of Edith's adolescent melodrama,Fast and Loose." (from Edith Wharton: A Biography, by R.W.B. Lewis)
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By Joyce on 01-15-11
A Splendid Listen
Don't when I've enjoyed an audiobook more. I thought I had read all there was in Wharton's oeuvre and am delighted to have discovered these three gems.The fine cast of readers handle Ms Wharton's sophisticated prose with impressive skill and to the listener's benefit. I look forward to more from this label.
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