The House of Mirth
First published in 1905, The House of Mirth shocked the New York society it so deftly chronicles, portraying the moral, social, and economic restraints on a woman who dared to claim the privileges of marriage without assuming the responsibilities. Lily Bart, beautiful, witty, and sophisticated,... show more
First published in 1905, The House of Mirth shocked the New York society it so deftly chronicles, portraying the moral, social, and economic restraints on a woman who dared to claim the privileges of marriage without assuming the responsibilities. Lily Bart, beautiful, witty, and sophisticated, is accepted by "old money" and courted by the growing tribe of nouveaux riches. But as she nears 30, her foothold becomes precarious; a poor girl with expensive tastes, she needs a husband to preserve her social standing and to maintain her life in the luxury she has come to expect. While many have sought her, something—fastidiousness or integrity—prevents her from making a "suitable" match.
Publish date: September 1st 2006
Publisher: Virago UK
Pages no: 351
Edition language: English
This was a rather depressing novel than I thought it would be. The story is extremely melancholic from the beginning till the very end. Though the story here moves at a snail's pace but it is compensated by beautiful writing!Lily Bart the protagonist is one of the most complicated character I have e...
I read this book calmly , but grimly, since at some point, after another frustrating event, I googled the ending and I found this text, among others - an interesting read), and overall would give this book 4 stars - simply because it is not as excellent narration- and scope-wise as The Age of Innoce...
Completely amazing. Upon finishing the book earlier this year, I wrote the above fragment. After I had a chance to digest the book, I posted a review of it in various other places, which I am now posting here. I want to elaborate on why I found this book to be completely amazing. This was onl...
The House of Mirth has cemented my love for Edith Wharton and I can now officially count her among my all-time favorite authors. Wharton's writing is top-notch, filled with wit, literary allusions, and historical references that show her intelligence and education. The House of Mirth is both a criti...