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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32,911 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton, Wanda McCaddon Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The beautiful, much-desired Lily Bart has been raised to be one of the perfect wives of the wealthy upper class, but her spark of character and independent drive prevents her from becoming one of the many women who will succeed in those circles. Though her desire for a comfortable life means that she cannot marry for love without money, her resistance to the rules of the social elite endangers her many marriage proposals. As Lily spirals down into debt and dishonor, her story takes on the resonance of classic tragedy.

The House of Mirth is a lucid, disturbing analysis of the stifling limitations imposed upon women of author Edith Wharton’s generation. Born into Old New York Society, Wharton watched as an entirely new set of people living by new codes of conduct entered the metropolitan scene. In telling the story of Lily Bart, Wharton recasts the age-old themes of family, marriage, and money in ways that transform the traditional novel of manners into an arrestingly modern tale of one woman’s struggle to succeed.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/19/2014

    " read this on vacation and still cannot believe that someone can make so many bad choices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/17/2014

    " read this on vacation and still cannot believe that someone can make so many bad choices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim Perez | 2/15/2014

    " In the same vein of "The Age of Innocence," this book finds the main characters trapped in the confines of their rigid society. What I like about Wharton's books is the women are strong willed and independent. Yet, while rooting for them, I seem to also feel the painful trade-off for their independence: they deny themselves happiness. This book - like "Innocence" - leaves you with an unsettled, uneasy feeling even though the characters come much closer to that happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brooke | 2/10/2014

    " I loved the story of Miss Lily Bart. I couldn't wait for my commute to finish the book. The language is very rich and I had to go through some passages 2 or 3 times to completely digest them. It's a beautifully written book from when authors didn't just tell you "this happened, then that happened and so-and-so was pretty." Wharton let's you feel the beauty of words. "

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