Summary

Author Edith Wharton has a phenomenal ability to write about love that is lost and found. A young man by the name of Newland Archer seems to have everything he wants out of life, most notably a beautiful young fiancé named May Welland. Their innocent romance seems unbreakable until the introduction of May's cousin, Ellen Olenska, who is planning on divorcing her husband. As he gets to know her and her more rebellious take on life, Archer finds himself falling in love with her. The nature of their social placements, however, make for a very difficult pursuit of any relationship, and not long after Ellen officially divorces her husband, May and Archer get married rather in a hurry, and it seems that the potential for Archer and Ellen to be together is dashed.
Whereas a man who is overcome with emotion and falls deeply in love with a woman might do everything in his power to see her and be with her, Archer makes some very painful decisions in the later years of his life. At the end of The Age of Innocence, he makes the final decision that effectively brings closure to his relationship with Ellen, and it is one that is as brave as it is heart wrenching.
©2015 A.R.N. Publications (P)2015 A.R.N. Publications
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1 out of 5 stars
By Mama on 11-08-17

A huge waste of time.

Hated the narrator and thought the direction of the performance terrible. I don't understand why such books are considered classic. I don't get the point.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Nancy Mitford on 28-09-16

Slightly spoilt

This lovely, lovely novel is marred by the narrator's many mispronunciations. While her voice is very pleasant to listen to, the errors of pronunciation (which are not attributable to the fact that she is English and not American) are distracting and ultimately just plain annoying.

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