Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Rating: 3/5

Though I found it difficult to stay interested in this book at times, it did have its moments. I can see the merits of the book - why it's a classic - but my unfamiliarity with a lot of the cultural allusions (such as the Operas and the actors) created quite a few moments where I fell out of the story. However, the main characters were compelling, and so was the conflict between constricting customs and human desires. In the end, it was definitely worth the effort.

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