Summary

In 1905 New York City, Lily Bart is a young, witty and beautiful socialite. Through a series of unfortunate events, she learns of the bitter consequences for a single woman without wealth, living in an uncaring society.
Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media
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3 out of 5 stars
By Clavs on 22-06-17

Ahead of its Time

This novel of social commentary, highlights the unjust treatment of single women in New York high Society at the end of the nineteenth century. I imagine it was controversial when published but time has tamed its criticism.

Beautiful Lily Bart has many family connections and an aristocratic upbringing but is forced to depend on the small allowance of an elderly aunt. Lily's extravagant friends and life style mean she soon finds herself unable to keep up financially and so she must consider marrying for money to maintain the lifestyle she is accustom to. However, she faces the all too familiar issue of marrying for love over money. Could she be happy in poverty with the man she loves? This novel explores the options facing many young women from this period.

I found the narrator of this book quite annoying. Very breathy at times and putting on many hammed up voices. I would rather have read it myself and I think I would have connected with the characters more had they not been so frustratingly portrayed.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 02-03-14

Not my style

It's a well written book, well presented, but not my style. Despite the fact it kept making me think of the vapidity of Paris Hilton and countless Kardashians, I still made it half way through. That is quite some endorsement.

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3 out of 5 stars
By VK on 19-01-15

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

I thought this book was okay, well worth the 95 cents that I paid. I am not sure why so many other reviewers disliked the narrator. This is the second book that I've listened to which she has narrated and I found her perfectly adequate.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 09-08-15

Excellent, but Quite Dated

This is an excellently written novel about a young woman falling from the height of 1900’s New York society. It is a well delivered story but it is difficult now days to feel too sorry for the character actually having to learn a skill and get a job (due to her own silliness) instead of living off of inherited wealth or marriage into such wealth. This is an unflattering expose of 1900 New York, which was likely controversial at the time, but now just seems quaint.

This, like An American Tragedy, is well written in a naturalistic style with a likable yet tragically flawed protagonist, but I much preferred An American Tragedy as it was less a story about manners and more about motivations.

The narration was excellent and added much to my enjoyment of this novel.

Although the writing was excellent and the story well written, I can’t think of anyone I would highly recommend this book to.

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