The House of Mirth

  • by Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by Barbarra Caruso
  • 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lily Bart, a beautiful, intelligent, but penniless young woman, lives on the outskirts of New York's high society, craving the luxurious lifestyle of her wealthy contacts. But while Lily possesses the grace, taste, and morality of the ideal turn-of-the-century lady, her delicate innocence threatens her survival in that very world. As she fights to maintain her newfound place among the aristocracy, Lily struggles mightily against what lurks beneath all the glitter and gold - greed, vulgarity, and ruthless competition. In her brilliantly perceptive novel, The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton, the peerless, Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of Old New York, provides yet another heartbreaking glimpse into the world of manners, privilege, betrayal, and shocking falls from grace.

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What the Critics Say

"The House of Mirth is uniquely authentic among American novels of manners." (Louis Auchincloss)


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Beautiful Tragedy

This is a marvelous book of social mores, prejudices and cruelty in turn-of-the century New York, well-deserving of its classic status. The reader, Barbara Caruso does the story and characters full justice. In particular, her rendering of the voice of the protagonist, Lilly Bart, creates a picture Lilly's loveliness and elegance. That said, I would issue a warning to potential listeners. This is a book of unremitting tragedy. If you are going through a difficult time or are worried about the future, it would not be the best audio-book choice. Edith Wharton just does too good a job of creating bleakness.
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- Melanie "I love words that can take me into other worlds."

Pride and prejudice can bring a girl down.

This was a deeply satisfying audio.
The story is beautifully written and read....a good reader is so important to the audio experience. In fact I may well have become a little irritated with the depth of detail and repetition had I been reading it for myself; but really these qualities help to underline the inexorability of Lily's fate.
Having recently read Trollope's perspective on 19th century British "society", it was interesting to get the feel of what was going on in New York at the same time
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- Anna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books