Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in upper-class New York City.
Newland Archer, gentleman lawyer and heir to one of New York City's best families, is happily anticipating a highly desirable marriage to the sheltered and beautiful May Welland. Yet he finds reason to doubt his choice of bride after the appearance of Countess Ellen Olenska, May's exotic, beautiful 30-year-old cousin who has been living in Europe. This novel won the first ever Pulitzer awarded to a woman.
Public Domain (P)2015 Trout Lake Media
I stuck with it but I found it a very unsatisfactory story and the droning voice of Alan Munro difficult to listen to. As it was written by a woman I would have liked the reading to have been carried out by a woman. This would not necessarily have made the storyline any less tedious, however.
Horrible recording. Not only was the performance sloppy but there was a chapter from huckleberry Finn inserted into the middle
I have been trying to get through this book for quite a while. I thought that an inexpensive audio version might help - and it did. I've now finished the book. But I'm pretty sure that chapter 32 was actually Huckleberry Finn, not Age of Innocence. I'd love the actual chapter 32 next time.
Well, the restraint of passion in the service of what one thinks is right is always memorable.
I found Alan Munro difficult. I had to imagine him as a well-meaning friend, and this worked pretty well because I do love to be read to. But he stumbled over simple sentences, mispronounced critical words. He was lovable, but really didn't bring the narrative to life.
Give me chapter 32 : )
"Beautiful story well told."
It is a story of people with whom I can identify. Their life situations are well described and plausible. The setting is New York in the 1800's but it is also relevant to modern times. It is
a timeless story.
The ending was, for me, most poignant.
Life and love in New York
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