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The Age of Innocence (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) (urspr publ 2008; utgåvan 1999)

av Edith Wharton

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An elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York. In the highest circle of New York social life during the 1870's, Newland Archer, a young lawyer, prepares to marry the docile May Welland. Before their engagement is announced, he meets May's cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska, who has returned to New York after a long absence. Archer's world is always changing.… (mer)
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Titel:The Age of Innocence (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
Författare:Edith Wharton
Info:Penguin Books (1999), Edition: Great Books, Paperback, 288 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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I finally found the inspiration behind the Gossip Girl novels in this book! It treads along the same plotlines that are rife with social scandal, love affairs, words not said, and the feeling of "New York-ness." Even the characters' names are similar to those in GG, and it is clear who the character models are.

Nate Archibald is Newland Archer, with their feeling of duty to their "ideal" wife, but being inevitably attracted to Madam Olenska and dangerous new ideas.
Blair Waldorf is May Welland, the wife of Archer/Archibald who might seem demure but is actually a master manipulator who works in silence to get what she wants.
Serena van der Woodsen is Ellen Olenska, in her accidental seduction of Newland/Nate and constant love affairs with dubious characters and need for a bohemian lifestyle away from the New York ideas of propriety (though her name comes from the van der Luydens since they have the same familial power over society as do the van der Woodsens).
Chuck Bass is Lawrence Lefferts, since he's the one who actually gets together with Ellen Olenska but who doesn't take a large role in the books like Chuck is mostly absent from the GG novels.
Dan Humphrey is Beaufort, because he is the only non-New Yorker, follows Ellen Olenska around, but who is inevitably ruined financially and exiled from New York society.

Overwhelmingly this novel was highly entertaining for those who like social scandal! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
:((( ( )
  gregsonog | Feb 21, 2021 |
Takes a bit of getting into but well worth it for this evocative contextualisation of 1870s New York 'society', and the self-tortured lack-of-love life of its hero, constrained by entrapment in a social straighjacket.
  NaggedMan | Feb 15, 2021 |
The Age of Innocence is a quick and piercing read. A heavyset and challenging critique of 1870s New York; its stifling social conventions and very traditional expectations on marriage, classes, and women themselves. Betrothal and betrayal are the chief troublemakers and, fascinatingly, also the peacemakers throughout this whole debacle of a repressed romantic pursuit complicated by familial relations and reputations. Heartbreaking and infuriating, the short breaths of rebellion dies out in place of a mundane yet secure life; a bittersweet sacrifice.

This novel pulls you in: you join the dinners, listen to the town gossip, gets annoyed and terrified by Beaufort and his investments, judge the prejudiced yourself, and looks on with pity from afar as Newland Archer gets off the carriage, snow all over, the harsh wind upon his face as the tears fall whilst May Welland-Archer is at home playing with ignorance. Sometimes passionate love does not suffice. Each time you happen to me all over again. Sometimes late is too late.

Edith Wharton was really on another level during her time. What a woman. ( ( )
  lethalmauve | Jan 25, 2021 |
Problematic. There is feminism and there is anti-masculism, and this book may be nearer to the latter than the former. Had the characters' genders been reversed even the most conservative reader would have found it problematic for its mistreatment (not mere misrepresentation) of women.
  AAAO | Dec 26, 2020 |
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A larger life and more tolerant views: That’s the greatest promise the novel holds out to us, and it’s as necessary now as it was when Edith Wharton put it into words.
tillagd av danielx | ändraNew York Times, Elif Batuman (Nov 1, 2019)
 

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On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York.
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And he felt himself oppressed by this creation of factitious purity, so cunningly manufactured by a conspiracy of mothers and aunts and grandmothers and long-dead ancestresses, because it was supposed to be what he wanted, what he had a right to, in order that he might exercise his lordly pleasure in smashing it like an image made of snow.
It was the old New York way of taking life" without effusion of blood": the way of people who dreaded scandal more than disease, who placed decency above courage, and who considered that nothing was more ill-bred than "scenes", except the behavior of those who gave rise to them.
When he thought of Ellen Olenska it was abstractly, serenely, as one might think of some imaginary beloved in a book or a picture: she had become the composite vision of all that he had missed.
That terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in, the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything, looked back at him like a stranger through May Welland's familiar features; and once more it was borne in on him that marriage was not the safe anchorage he had been taught to think, but a voyage on uncharted seas.
"No," she acquiesced; and her tone was so faint and desolate that he felt a sudden remorse for his own hard thoughts. "The individual, in such cases, is nearly always sacrificed to what is supposed to be the collective interest: people cling to any convention that keeps the family together--protects the children, if there are any," he rambled on, pouring out all the stock phrases that rose to his lips in his intense desire to cover over the ugly reality which her silence seemed to have laid bare.
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An elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York. In the highest circle of New York social life during the 1870's, Newland Archer, a young lawyer, prepares to marry the docile May Welland. Before their engagement is announced, he meets May's cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska, who has returned to New York after a long absence. Archer's world is always changing.

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