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The Age of Innocence (AmazonClassics Edition)

Narrated by: Dick Hill
Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
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It’s the perfect match - gentleman lawyer Newland Archer will marry young socialite May Welland. The marriage should be a source of pride for Newland, accustomed as he is to meeting the expectations of New York’s high society. But when he falls for May’s exotic and enchanting cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska, he faces an impossible choice: should he be the dutiful husband and stay with his bride, or give in to his passions and follow the countess around the world?

A classic that encapsulates the etiquette of the times, The Age of Innocence is as much about loyalty, duty, and decorum as it is about desire.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Age of Innocence, this edition of The Age of Innocence (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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"Clever vs fashionable people"

I enjoyed slight of hand jabs at the “clever vs fashionable” early 19th century New York people Edith Wharton throws shade at in this book.

But the story slogs quite a bit with descriptions of the mundane. Mostly, I couldn't related to the romance/conflict which I felt was over dramatic - but maybe that was the intention when the author wrote it 99 years ( written in 1920).