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The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton's most famous novel, is a love story, written immediately after the end of the First World War. Its brilliant anatomization of the snobbery and hypocrisy of the wealthy elite of New York society in the 1870s made it an instant classic, and it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921.Newland Archer, Wharton's protagonist, is charming, tactful, enlightened - a thorough product of this society. He accepts its standards and abides by its rules, but he also recognizes its limitations. His engagement to the impeccable May Welland assures him of a safe and conventional future, until the arrival of May's cousin Ellen Olenska. Independent, free-thinking, and scandalously separated from her husband, Ellen forces Archer to question the values and assumptions of his narrow world. As their love for each other grows, Archer has to decide where his ultimate loyalty lies.
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By Darwin8u on 09-08-13

Masterpiece of literary construction

A masterpiece of literary construction. There doesn't seem to be a word, sentence, or page out of place. At its core, 'The Age of Innocence' is story that shows the strength and the orchestrated customs and mores of social upper-class society of the 1870s, but also shows its narrowness, its contradictions, and its inflexibility. Inserted into this setting is a frustrated love story (almost a love triangle). It is the this frustration that illuminates the tensions between the coming modern age and the Victorian society that is united in its desire to keep the world from spinning forward and apart.

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By Celiann on 04-04-11

Choose a Different Narrator

I purchased this during a sale. The narrator sniff and smacked and read over mistakes. Choose a different narrator -- any narrator.

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By Anonymous User on 05-04-17

A complex and compelling story

This is a wonderful novel, and Laurel Merlington handles Edith Wharton's long, sardonic sentences with sympathy and elegance. There is nothing forced in this reading -- it matches the novel perfectly. You have to listen carefully to this story, but it's worth every minute. Please enjoy.

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