Monday, July 30, 2007

House of Mirth, Edith Wharton

One thing I have not blogged much about since I began my little blogging journey is a leisurely activity that I really enjoy - reading! So here is my first book review. Fellow book group member, Emily, picked the House of Mirth as our August book group book. I was excited because I generally enjoy classics and I had never read Edith Wharton. I love it when book group pushes you past your normal reading habits and has you pick up something not on your radar.

House of Mirth, Edith Wharton (****)

House of Mirth, introduces the reader to Lily Bart, a fiercely independent spirited young woman, living in New York City in the late 1800's. Both her parents have passed away leaving her with little income. She resides with her Aunt and lives way beyond her means. As a child she was part of high society and even though truthfully she cannot afford this life anymore she is opposed to dinginess and cannot think of living any other way. Thus she faces the task of marrying one of the non-desirable eligible bachelors in her social circle or not marrying, not being able to keep up her lifestyle and having to join a lower social circle. Wharton takes the reader on a ride that follows all of Lily's ups and mostly downs.

This book was truly refreshing. This was my first time reading Wharton and I loved her writing style and her character/place description. If you love classics I would recommend the House of Mirth as one not to miss!

Two fun facts about Edith Wharton that I learned:

- Edith Wharton was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Age of Innocence.

- The phrase "keeping up with the Jones'" was coined about Edith Wharton's family. Her maiden name is Edith Jones and it was her family that originally prompted the saying.


meghan said...

i love that book! i think i had to read it with amy in that english course we took last semester senior year.

Jaclyn said...

ok...i just wanted to say that your lil sis is right you and i are creepily the same person. i like/love all the movies you posted as your favorites...not to mention we are pretty amazingly good looking ladies! So your lil sis "the nat" told me about your blog so i decided to check it out! Sorry I didn't get to see you before i head out west! best of luck with everything in the big apple

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