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“I like tragedies, apparently, because this is another almost classically styled tragic tale. This was another book that changed my life: I can remember reading the ending on a bus in midtown Manhattan, and feeling as if the whole world stopped. THE HOUSE OF MIRTH is the story of Lily Bart, a...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Truth be told, I really disliked this book. The slow and inevitable decline of the rather annoying main character was difficult to witness. Wharton chooses such pathetic people to write about. I find that if Wharton had anything to do with it it's going to be a complete bummer. Its not as...”see full review » see other reviews »
“It would be a backhanded compliment to state that Lily Bart rose in society since any status she claimed in Mirth's House--well, enough said already.
I think Wharton the better writer than many of her contemporaries (Dreiser, Norris, yes, but I will not give on Sherwood Anderson). This novel I recommend.”
“An early 20th Century take on the difficult position of women in New York high society, this scathing novel was wonderfully insightful, heartbreaking, and left me lost for words. ”Rebecca wrote this review Thursday, September 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“How utterly depressing. I'm glad I skimmed the last half of the book. ”Crittercrazy wrote this review Wednesday, July 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My least favorite Edith Wharton novel. ”Phyllis Chaffin wrote this review Wednesday, May 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I haven't reread this classic since my college days, but I find it to be just as insightful now as I did then. This time, I am listening to it on my iPod as I go for afternoon walks. As I get lost in Lily Bart's social whirlwind of a life, I find the story a great help in forgetting that I do not enjoy exercising all that much. I do not view Wharton's novel as a dark comedy but rather a sad testimony to the way upper crust women who lived in New York and ran in high society were marginalized to roles of brainless activities and upholders of rigid social codes. For the first time in a long time, I don't envy the rich! Tragic, poor Seldon and Lily, victims of their time period.”Lisa Levin wrote this review Saturday, June 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The House Of Mirth By Judith Wharton
Lily Barton is a 29 year old beautiful woman who is chaparoned by her wealthy aunt. Lily is stuck in the 1890's society, with no where to go, and no fun to be had. At least not if you want to marry well and be taken care of. Deep tradition, rules and double standards surround her. Young women who were unmarried could be taken advantage of and ruined for virtually nothing. No one would ever forget either once that happens.
Lily's aunt disowns her prior to her death for one such infraction which may or may not include gambling debts and affairs with married men. Lily tries to survive using her intelligence and wit. She wants to be independent and find a man she can love for love's sake. Fate, and the cruel world are very much against her.
Well written and true to the age. Wharton captures what a women such as Lily would have gone through during this time in our society. We've come a long way in some respects and others we haven't.
“I listened this as an audio book read by Anna Fields. It was excellent. This story is a classic tragedy, but even more a social work on the Gilded Age (the prosperous, class-distinct age after the Civil War). If you are interested in the time period or classics, I would recommend this book.”Felicia Glaser wrote this review Sunday, April 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I spent most of this book annoyed, angry and frustrated with the heroine, Lily Bart. She just never closed the deal. Part of me understands this, she isn't offered a lot of options and given her situation I probably couldn't have made the "right" choice either. But Lily was reared with certain expectations and so I wanted her to make the best of what she had.
Tonight my book group discussed Lily, Selden and all the characters in The House of Mirth. We talked about potential, about why Lily did what she did and all the possibilities of life in New York City in 1905. By the time we were done, I was not quite so annoyed and frustrated with Lily anymore. I don't live in NYC at the turn of the twentieth century and I am very grateful. I could become more than an ornament in some man's drawing room.
It is a testament to Edith Wharton's writing that I was so drawn into Lily's story. I reacted to the life of a made-up person. This is what makes Wharton such a good writer. She told a story about the very rich, the very spoiled and made me care.”