A wonderful read, even though some parts are extremely depressing/sad.
Very profound. It brings us to another era, when people had diferent values. How can we compare with 2007 values?
Another era, very different values nowadays. Impossible to compare : it shows the gap between the two. The movie is even better than the book (IMO).
Just read a few months ago - then reread after thinking that Margaret Mitchell plagarized the character of Lily Bart when she created Scarlett O'Hara - I still think so. But I really do not like Lily Bart and I do not feel sympathy for her greediness.
I felt sorry for Lily Bart. Just because she is surround by wealth, doesn't mean she is unsympathetic. Greed wasn't the problem - she didn't know anything different. She was following her Mother's orders and wishes. In the end, she found the person whe wanted to be with honesty and respectable responsibility. The sad part - it was too late.
Lily Bart was a victim of the social mores of the turn of the 20th century. She was a beautiful pawn in the hands of an ultra rich society. She wanted to fit in but just could manage to do so. In a way, she let others use her and that was to her own detriment. Kinda of sad that she did not have huspa, but I guess this is part of the nature of her character: sad and beautiful! This is a really great read! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
how are the issues in this book illustrative of contemporary society?