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The Age of InnocenceEaded scandal than disease”This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York af. Appearances can be deceiving as this superb classic novel revealsNewland Archer has the perfect life rich young and good looking a member in excellent standing of New York's High Society of 1871 during the Golden Age These people feel not like prisoners but brave members of a group keeping back the barbarians at the gate Newland is engaged to a beautiful charming girl May Welland also in the exclusive association who loves him But then her mysterious cousin arrives from Europe Countess Ellen Olenska married to a brute a Polish nobleman who repeatedly degrades her showing contempt for their marriage by parading lowly women in front of the Countess Not trying to hide his transgressions letting the world know it The fleeing woman is a childhood playmate of Mr Archer and he can still remember her as she he First seeing the fugitive again at the Opera with his future bride and family in their box May loves her cousin and Ellen loves May The Countess causes uite a stir with the audience men look approvingly at the attractive lady women critical Poor Ellen as the relatives call her living with an unconventional grandmother Mrs Manson Mingott so obese she needs help to get up nevertheless the lady is the head of the family and people listen to even though she has strange ways then again very rich but stingy There is an unstated powerful attraction between Archer and Ellen still duty prevents anything unsavory from happening besides Newland believes in the proper way of doing things A self described dilettante who goes through the motions of being a lawyer in an office where he has little to do Archer lives with his widowed mother Mrs Adeline Archer she is forever saying that everything is changing for the worse in the city and spinster sister Janey they look so alike the two could be sisters both depend on each other for companionship He's a secret fanatic a bookworm receiving the latest editions from London staying in a room reading that's when the gentleman is happy Mr Archer has no close friends the only person he can feel comfortable with be himself is Ned Winsett a penniless struggling journalist but of the lower class with a sick wife Newland wants his wedding to happen earlier than is the established custom hoping temptations will end if he is married to May Even traveling to StAugustine Florida on a surprise visit where May is vacationing with her family for that purpose his boss is not elated Mr Archer is wrong clearly the gentleman loves the Countess and she returns the sentiment Boorish banker Julius Beaufort vastly wealthy an uncouth foreigner married to an influential and uite proper lady a New York society woman with a propensity to break all the rules is chasing the skittish Ellen she needs to get away They meet clandestinely in Boston the Countess and Archer; away from the prying eyes of everyone the two hope just to hold each other At a family gathering in Newport Rhode Island Newland is told to fetch Ellen he goes down to the beach sees her on the pier passionately stares for a long time and retreats back to the house it would not be proper he thinks An elegy saturates the whole book from the first page to the last

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Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York a time when society people “dr. “We can't behave like people in novels though can we” A few years ago I read The Age of Innocence and thought it was okay It has something of an Austen esue feel criticisms of middleupper middle class society paired with a subtle and clever humour and a love story here deliciously scandalous But it's taken me a few years to come back to this novel and appreciate the magic Wharton has brought to the tableThis little book is so clever Everything about it from the damn title to nearly every piece of dialogue is perfectly placed and often ironic Things that didn't hit me fully the first time around became so much important in this reread Wharton knows 1870s New York City like the back of her hand; she knows its habits its traditions and its expectations of people She creates a rich twinkly picture of parties and social standards that is both delightful and ultimately ridiculous then she throws a spanner in the worksNever has a love triangle been so welcomed by me This isn't the modern affair we're used to where a girl must choose between hot guy #1 and hot guy #2 Nope in this story Newland Archer is torn between the stability comfort and duty he can be offered by the socially favoured match with May Welland and his passionate all consuming love for the unconventional rebellious and ostracized Ellen Olenska “Each time you happen to me all over again” It's as important as it is beautifully written Wharton casts an eye over this society both disdainful and affectionate Incorporating issues of female emancipation into the story never has the idea of a woman enslaved by marriage and convention seemed so unattractive from a male perspective Newland Archer is full of modernity and the call of new ideas but finds that any freedom he poses to May she would receive only with the intention of pleasing him Though it should be said I believe May is far than she seemsIt's hard to read the ending of this book without feeling emotional but the exact emotion may differ with your interpretation Ambiguity reigns supreme as this novel finds its close and even the coldest of unromantics will surely have their hearts pulled along for this ride One of my favourite tragic love affairs “Only I wonder – the thing one’s so certain of in advance can it ever make one’s heart beat as wildly” Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

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DOWNLOAD ´ The Age of Innocence Õ Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York a time when society people “dreaded scandal than disease”This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional MaTer a disastrous marriage Archer falls deeply in love with her Torn between duty and passion Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life or mercilessly destroy. “Each time you happen to me all over again” Imagine that person you love most in this world right within your grasp but somehow out of reach An invisible thin wall keeping you apart Apart but not away from each other Together yet not with each other This is the worst form of torture a torture of invisible chains and soundless screams Constantly seeing each other constantly being reminded of what cannot be Constantly falling in love yet constantly falling apart The urge the love the longing constantly growing engulfing you until you cannot bear to live Every part of your body numb and unaware of the realities around you Because for you only the pain you feel is real The only truth you know is that everything is a lie Edith Wharton paints a very delicate picture that resonates elegiac waves and enraptures its readers to the very bone One can't help but succumb to this level of desire of emotion and empathize because of the atmosphere that Wharton has created Her prose is crisp straight and true One might say that her prose is a reflection of her New York socialite self Wharton was born with uite a few gazillion silver spoons stuck somewhere on her buttocks Aside from that with such a dazzling foray of words she evoked such emotion in me that I was afraid I might like her Facebook page at some point So with that in mind I vowed to refrain from using Facebook until I've finished reading this book Well it worked fine for me On another note I was really impressed with her depiction of the 1870s New York Based on a little research I did her canvas of the place was just spot on splendid It was the spirit of it the spirit of the exuisite romantic pain The idea that the mere touching of a woman's hand would suffice The idea that seeing her across the room would keep him alive for another year That sort of a relationship that uniue communication between two people savagely drawn to the other like moth to a flame is of a different level than all the other types of communication This communication between them is that of the deepest kind A communication that needs not one of the five senses This communication of feeling of intense knowing of mutual understanding this unity of the mind this shared consciousness is the effect of a love that knows no bounds strengthened to an insane proportion by the fact that it was never meant to be “The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend” What's the use You gave me my glimpse of a real life and at the same moment you asked me to go on with a sham oneBut what really struck me the most was that irony that these two people enlightened to be different from the “pretend people” who revile them and mockingly laugh at their trained innocence and hapless practices were to be subjected to a pretend relationship as well “In reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world where the real thing was never said or done or even thought but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs” They that were above that “Innocence” were cruelly placed upon a circumstance in which they have to feign Innocence as well as the only way to sustain their love for each other “I can't love you unless I give you up” This has led me to believe that such innocence can only be a result of circumstances beyond their powers That altogether this Innocence is merely through the progression of unstoppable forces not necessarily known to the person it affects Such is also the case with the New York Society These people did not choose to succumb to this veiled innocence it was mercilessly hurled at them They were raised in these circumstances in a society where conformity is the norm and to uestion this conformity would be self abdication Thus these people will die by this code This Age of Innocence reflects a view in which Newland Archer is also an innocent victim He thinks his wife too much of an “innocent being” that he is surprised in the end and utterly moved when he finds out that she is not so innocent at all And the lifting of this veil seemed a wake–up call to him at the very end when he was about to meet the Countess Olenska with his son that he realizes that he has lost this innocence She had become the symbol of everything that could have been all his hopes and dreams She was the unreachable star In the end he was afraid that all that sustained his love was that invisible shackle that sense of longing that feigned innocence And that the innocence was all that kept him to Ellen and without it he cannot bear to face her And you'll sit beside me and we'll look not at visions but at realitiesI don't know what you mean by realities The only reality to me is thisThe dream has become a reality and the reality a dream'It's real to me here than if I went up' he suddenly heard himself say; and the fear lest that last shadow of reality should lose its edge kept him rooted to his seat as the minutes succeeded each other