***Group Read: The Age of Innocence
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I have finally started the book today, and in the first chapter, I thought the comment about the opera sung in Italian was hilarious!
I love Wharton's writing and am rather surprised that at having 2 copies of the book, owning 15 of her books, having read 5 of them with Ethan Frome having been read numerous times, & it being a Virago....I have not yet read this one. I am looking forward to it....only about 90 pages in thus far.
But can't you just see Newland Archer leaning against the back of his opera box; the better to see and not be seen? I visualized a black slinky cat reclined against the wall when I read that and had to smile.
I finished the book a couple hours ago and I really enjoyed this read. I will try not to use any spoilers here. (perhaps we should throw up a spoiler thread as well) I think I could rename this book "The Art of Living in Glass Houses" because these people live for the effect that they have on others or for how they want others to think of them. I had a mother like that.........oh, wait........I still do. lol!~! (Ruined MY life.)
I loved the comparison between "old New York" and Europe. It sounds like for this time frame people lived a much freer lifestyle in Europe than in New York. And the way marriages were described.........I hate to say it but I imagine that a lot of marriages are still like that today; having a sameness to them. hmmmmmm,
Well, going to bed. 3:50 A.M. here.........more on this saga tomorrow.
I hope the rest of you who are reading The Age of Innocence are enjoying it as well. I want to see the movie with Daniel Day Lewis now. (I think that is who was in it. He, Wynona Ryder & Michelle Pfieffer) not sure though.
I find it extraordinary how almost everyone accepted the requirements of an absolutely rigid society. The last century can be seen as an increasing rebellion against that, though we do still have remarkably rigid rules - just not quite the same as the 1860s!
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