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Glimpses of the Moon (Pushkin Collection) (original 1922; edição 2004)

por Edith Wharton (Autor)

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Nick Lansing and Susy Branch, a newly married couple with the right connections but little money, devise a shrewd plan to sponge off their wealthy friends, honeymooning in their mansions and villas. How their plan unfolds is a charming comedy of Eros.
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Título:Glimpses of the Moon (Pushkin Collection)
Autores:Edith Wharton (Autor)
Informação:Pushkin Collection (2004), Edition: Revised, 336 pages
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The Glimpses Of The Moon por Edith Wharton (1922)

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Susy and Nick are on the fringes of society, getting by on the generosity of the wealthy, who always need interesting companions willing to do an unpleasant favor in exchange for a nice dinner or a pretty piece of jewelry. Susy would like to be one of the rich ladies she depends on; Nick wants to be a writer. Susy comes up with a brilliant plan: if the two of them got married, their wealthy friends would shower them with gifts and offers of places to stay. They'd be able to live in luxury for... at least a year!

Or a month, at any rate. That's about how long it takes Susy and Nick to discover that they have different ideas regarding what they are willing to do for their rich friends. Can two poor people in love survive in a superficial world fraught with ethical dilemmas?

ENDING SPOILER: The best thing about this book is that it's an Edith Wharton novel that ends happily! I've read half a dozen of her twenty-plus novels, and this is the first one that's not a tragedy! So it's unique, in my view, just for that reason. But it's also got the usual Wharton twists and reversals, so I was holding my breath right up to the end. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 15, 2020 |
This is a tale of young woman who knows how to hang on to the rich. She meets a man, convinces him that they can marry and live on an extended honeymoon and at the end of the year, they can end their marriage and go their own ways. This works out for awhile but then things don't quite go as planned. It is romance with the marriage disrupted by social pressure and instability. The title is also a metaphor with the moon which opens and ends the story. It is definitely not her best work but she wrote this after the end of WWI as a escape from sadness and so it is a good book to read in the midst of Covid 19 as an escape. ( )
  Kristelh | May 4, 2020 |
I didn't expect to like this book so much. The main ibgredients being love, money and misunderstandings, miscommunication, I expected a rather boring book.
But, I read it with pleasure and I can only credit Wharton for that, for the interesting way she put what she wanted to tell into words. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Apr 5, 2020 |
Wharton was a new author for me at the time I read this (2015) and I am hesitant to make assumptions based on one novel. I recently skimmed a later edition, so I could remind myself of 'The Story'. It has the flavour of The Great Gatsby but I like it better than Fitzgerald's portrayal. Wharton was exposing the cynicism of an artificial society that died with the First World War: the views of the wealthy socialites were crystal clear; I was a bit slow to see the fallacies of such thinking and the demise of such a mode of life. The novel had a tinge of mortality, true of all eras. I wouldn't call this a romance, since the characters were more business-like and contemptuous of the social environment they were sponging off. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | May 21, 2019 |
Susy and Nick belong to the moneyed, leisure class - the jet set of their era - the problem is that their family's left them no money. After years of hanging on in their own way on the fringe of this crowd, the two decide for a bold experiment - to marry each other, without money, and to live on the wedding checks for as long as they can. The other part of the arrangement is that if either of them has the chance for better, the other will help them to it.

Wharton wastes no time in revealing the deficiencies of this arrangement or the different ways that Nick and Susy have had to adapt to survive in their world. Both have a code of conduct that dictates how they respond in different situations, to Nick it quickly becomes evident that Susy's code falls far short of his own.

I'd never read anything of Wharton's before and this novel comes across as much more fresh and modern in style and substance than I would have given her credit for. If I thought of her at all, I thought of the decadence of the late 19th century, grand drawing rooms and dinner parties. That world has evolved in this story, the rich have divorced themselves from the hypocritical conduct of their parents and grandparents and live in increased isolation despite their palatial nomadic lifestyle, absorbed in status and themselves:

"That was the way of the world they lived in. Nobody questioned, nobody wondered any more-because nobody had time to remember. The old risk of prying curiosity, of malicious gossip, was virtually over: one was left with one's drama, one's disaster, on one's hands, because there was nobody to stop and notice the little shrouded object one was carrying."

Even if their friends didn't notice, I couldn't help getting caught up in the misunderstandings and the soul-searching of the couple. I admired how Wharton approached the problem. An excellent introduction to her work, I look forward to more. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
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