Title: The Age of Innocence
Author: Edith Wharton
Finished: June 10, 2008
Publisher: Barnes and Noble Classics
Publish Year: 2004
Read through Daily Lit. Loved the movie, plus on 1,001 Books list.
An amazing story of love and loss. Newland Archer is a brilliant attorney engaged to marry May when Ellen sweeps into their life after running away from her husband. Despite his various attempts to stay away from the outsider fresh from Europe, he can’t help himself. What I love about the Age of Innocence is how most of the most passionate interaction doesn’t even have words. The simple kiss on a hand or brush of fingertips between Newland and Ellen, or even how in the end May knew the whole time of the secret relationship and somehow her silent thoughts made their way to Newland and he stood by her side. Only classic literature can accomplish this task of saying so much without saying a single verbal word.