As Susy explains, "We should really, in a way, help more than we should hamper each other. We both know the ropes so well; what one of us didn't see the other might, in the way of opportunities, I mean. And then we should be a novelty as married people. We're both rather unusually popular, why not be frank? And it's such a blessing for dinner-givers to be able to count on a couple of whom neither one is a blank."
The other part of the plan is that if either one of them meets someone who can advance them socially, they're each free to dissolve the marriage. How their plan unfolds is a comedy of Eros that will charm all fans of Wharton's work.
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"As Wharton tells [the] story, the sharp irony of both her prose and her characters bleeds into pools of true feeling." (Kirkus Reviews)
"There are only three or four American novelists who can be thought of as 'major' and Edith Wharton is one." (Gore Vidal)
Not often does a book make me sit in my car in the parking lot, too engaged to turn off my ipod and get on with my life. More broadly written than some of Wharton's more famous books, satire and irony live more on the surface in Glimpses of the Moon than in Age of Innocence or House of Mirth. The erotic overtones of a marriage of financial convenience that turns into genuine passion are unmistakable, and the characters are keenly drawn. The themes of conflict between social climbing and deeper values are timeless. A good listen, for sure.
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If this book has never been filmed it should be. If I has, I wish I could find it. I've been a Wharton fan since college and periodically re-read House of Mirth and Age of Innocence and the ghost stories. Custom of the Country, with its "female monster of literature" Undine Spragg, is one of my very favorite books. So I was well aware of Wharton's sarcastic humor - how she got away with skewering New York society is hard to believe - but it always had such a hard edge to it. Until I happened on Glimpses of the Moon, I had no idea that Wharton could write romantic comedy with the best of them. There are still some great mocks on moneyed society folks, and plot devices based on attitudes generally don't exist today, but the scheming protagonists are strangely modern - and you might enjoy "casting" them for the movie as you read.
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