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The Age of Innocence (Barnes & Noble Classics) (original 2008; udgave 2004)

af Edith Wharton (Forfatter)

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:The Age of Innocence (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Forfattere:Edith Wharton (Forfatter)
Info:Barnes & Noble Classics (2004), 336 pages
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"The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend."

Newland Archer and May Welland seem to be the perfect couple. He is a wealthy gentleman lawyer and she a beautiful, sweet-natured girl. On the verge of announcing their engagement all seems set for success until May’s cousin returns from Europe to escape from an ill-fated marriage to a Polish Count. Countess Ellen Olenska was a playmate of Newland's as a child now as a young woman she raises eyebrows in polite society who seems either oblivious or uncaring of society's rules of civility in 1870s New York.

Despite long periods of time apart, a romantic bond grows between Newland and Ellen Olenska.

Alienated from most of her relatives and their circle of acquaintances who consider divorce distasteful Ellen is lonely and unhappy. Newland appears to be her only champion. In contrast Newland wants to escape from the limitations he feels have been placed on him by that very society. Ellen becomes an unattainable object of desire because he knows deep down that a future with her would be impossible. In fact it is the forbidden nature of his feelings for her that stokes his passion.

Newland experiences a romantic love for Ellen that feels untethered by the concepts of duty and tradition; whilst his feelings for May are dictated by propriety and decorum. Newland believes that May is sheltered, naive and inexperienced and he often makes unfavourable comparison between her and the Countess whom he regards as more worldly. However, her later actions suggest that May is more intuitive than he gives her credit for.

The novel looks at how desire is influenced by social conventions and duty (what Newland wants for himself vs. what society wants for him). Yet, Newland appears to draw more pleasure from the yearning than the possibility of an actual union with Ellen meaning that it is difficult to dislike him as you soon realise that he will only ever be disloyal to May in thoughts rather than deeds. In contrast Ellen quickly realises that any possible union is doomed from the outset as Newland will never leave May.

Alienated heroes and ill-fated lovers aren't exactly a rarity in literature, however Wharton’s elegant prose provides an modicum of irony that gives a certain poignancy to this particular tale and lends itself well to the serious nature of it. Yet despite all of this, the story ultimately failed to really grab me meaning that I found it an OK read rather than a particularly memorable one. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Jun 22, 2021 |
more perceptive about women than Henry James, not a high bar
  ritaer | Jun 6, 2021 |
I’ve been trying to read some of the well-known authors of the 19th and 20th century whom I’ve neglected. Or totally ignored. I was on a long flight and discovered “Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton on my Kindle. Probably there because it was free. I didn’t think I would like it, but I was wrong.

I didn’t know that it had been made into a film back in 1993, directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder and Michele Pfeiffer. That’s exactly how I would have cast the book too, so I’m planning to actually rent the film from Amazon, as I’m anxious to see the film version.

It’s a simple story. A young man of society (Newland Archer) falls in love with the wrong woman, (Countess Olenska) – not the woman he is supposed to marry. He thinks he can overcome the will of his society and be with the Countess, but she knows better. In the end he conforms, she is sent away and he lives out his life – a good, decent, boring life. Not the life he wanted, but more than he deserved (in my opinion).

The story didn’t break my heart. The Countess deserved better than Newland Archer so I was glad they didn’t end up together.

Wharton paints a very detailed, believable (but really unbelievable) picture of life in high society New York in the late 1800s.


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  LenJoy | Mar 14, 2021 |
Fran Lebowitz is right. This is the best novel ever written. ( )
  mstruck | Mar 9, 2021 |
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 |
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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.
tilføjet af danielx | RedigerNew York Times, Elif Batuman (Nov 1, 2019)
 

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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.
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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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