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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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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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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.