Hi all, just a quick update to let you know how I got on with Edith Wharton’s ‘The Age of Innocence’ – I’ll give another general update tomorrow (hopefully!)
The novel was really, really enjoyable, in my opinion. It was first published in 1920, but set in 1870s New York amidst the ‘Gilded Age’, which was in short a period of great affluence for the middle and higher classes, in contrast to (as usual) greater deprivation for those at the bottom of the heap. Note to self: Finally get around to reading up some American history – that was a huge simplification!
I’ll keep these ‘reviews’ short – I just feel they should be, to keep up with the tone of this blog. So, put simply, when thinking about what my favourite aspect of the novel is, I’d say it’s the capacity it (or Wharton) has to, despite her social context, see humans as multi-layered and, ultimately, imperfect. An important lesson for us all, and one which crops up more than you might expect in classic literature.
If you’d like more detail go ahead and read it!