Vârsta inocenţei

V rsta inocen ei Newland Archer este pe cale sa si uneasca destinul cu frumoasa May Welland si nimic nu sta in calea acestei fericiri curate si cuminti Intoarcerea misterioasei contese Ellen Olenska in New York cu vi

  • Title: Vârsta inocenţei
  • Author: Edith Wharton Sanda Retinschi
  • ISBN: 9789734644537
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • Newland Archer este pe cale sa si uneasca destinul cu frumoasa May Welland si nimic nu sta in calea acestei fericiri curate si cuminti Intoarcerea misterioasei contese Ellen Olenska in New York, cu viata ravasita de un mariaj nereusit, il face pe Archer sa sovaie, caci se indragosteste de ea Nehotarat intre datorie si pasiune, intre destinul sigur, lipsit de variatiuni nNewland Archer este pe cale sa si uneasca destinul cu frumoasa May Welland si nimic nu sta in calea acestei fericiri curate si cuminti Intoarcerea misterioasei contese Ellen Olenska in New York, cu viata ravasita de un mariaj nereusit, il face pe Archer sa sovaie, caci se indragosteste de ea Nehotarat intre datorie si pasiune, intre destinul sigur, lipsit de variatiuni neasteptate, cu May si viata minunata, dar capricioasa cu Ellen, Archer se afla in fata unei decizii care fie il va face fericit, fie ii va aduce nenorocirea.Acest roman a fost adaptat in 1993 pentru marile ecrane, in regia lui Martin Scorsese, cu Daniel Day Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer si Winona Ryder in rolurile principale.

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    1. “We can't behave like people in novels, though, can we?” A few years ago, I read The Age of Innocence and thought it was okay. It has something of an Austen-esque feel - criticisms of middle/upper middle class society, paired with a subtle and clever humour and a love story (here deliciously scandalous). But it's taken me a few years to come back to this novel and appreciate the magic Wharton has brought to the table.This little book is so clever. Everything about it from the damn title to n [...]

    2. Part of why I love The Age of Innocence so much is for the very reason my students hate it--the subtlety of action in a society constrained by its own ridiculous rules and mores. In Old New York, conformity is key and the upper-crust go about a life of ritual that has no substance or meaning. Both men and women are victims in this world as both are denied economic, intellectual, and creative outlets. All the world's a stage in Wharton's New York and everyone wears a mask of society's creation. S [...]

    3. ‘The longing was with him day and night, an incessant undefinable craving, like the sudden whim of a sick man for food or drink once tasted and long since forgotten. He could not see beyond the craving, or picture what it might lead to, for he was not conscious of any wish to speak to Madame Olenska or to hear her voice. He simply felt that if he could carry away the vision of the spot of earth she walked on, and the way the sky and sea enclosed it, the rest of the world might seem less empty. [...]

    4. “Each time you happen to me all over again.” Imagine that person you love most in this world, right within your grasp, but somehow out of reach. An invisible thin wall keeping you apart. Apart but not away from each other. Together yet not with each other. This is the worst form of torture, a torture of invisible chains and soundless screams. Constantly seeing each other, constantly being reminded of what cannot be. Constantly falling in love yet constantly falling apart. The urge, the love, [...]

    5. Myself and the Pulitzer prize have previously not always seen eye to eye, but Finally, I have read one worthy of giving top marks to. This golden oldie captures the wholesome atmosphere of American life and the highest standard of American manners and manhood from a bygone era, where modern ideas are resisted and tradition overcomes compassion. The inhabitants of this hothouse of New York society is built on wealth, life is lavished, easy and comfortably cushioned, but this world may just as wel [...]

    6. Appearances can be deceiving, as this superb classic novel revealsNewland Archer, has the perfect life, rich , young, and good looking, a member in excellent standing, of New York's High Society of 1871, during the Golden Age. These people feel not like prisoners but brave members of a group, keeping back the barbarians at the gate. Newland is engaged to a beautiful, charming girl, May Welland, also in the exclusive association, who loves him. But then her mysterious cousin arrives, from Europe, [...]

    7. Yes indeedy, what could be more jejune than another early 20th century novelist choosing as her subject the problematic relations between the sexes amongst the idle rich? D H Lawrence and Henry James do the same, the first like a big dog gnawing at a bone and finding something it mistakes for God in the marrow, and the latter in his infinite cheeseparings putting the whole thing into the form of a three-dimensional chess game played by sardonic French subatomic particle physicists who you suspec [...]

    8. Heading for a hospital stay I decided to treat myself to a pleasant historical novel with a dash of romance. BIG mistake, if this is romantic take me to the nunnery….Okay, the ugliness of the story is offset by the beauty of the writing, and it is gorgeous, I'd read this author again - but still. This isn’t so much a review as an attempt to purge this pile of hooey from my subconscious. 1st off the main protagonist Newland Archer is a celebration of hypocrisy. A man who makes a CLEAR choice [...]

    9. The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.Just when I think a classic unlikely to give me pause, it surprises me with relatable themes. After reading Wharton's short story, "The Muse's Tragedy" (one of the supplemental reads I'll be teaching this Fall), I knew I had to visit one of her longer forms. So rewarding it was, to be wooed by elegant prose and positioning; a plot that moves in practiced laps; a story that could be yours, mine, theirs; a setting that will always be known for both [...]

    10. Before writing this review I decided to find out a bit more about Edith Wharton. Turns out that she is actually a lot more interesting than some of her books. If you turn to the page (not exactly hardcore research, I know but I'm not in a position to march off to the library and start wading through Wharton's presumably numerous biographies) you'll be faced with a picture of a timid and pretty dour looking lady with two disagreeable looking Paris-Hilton porta-dogs plonked on her knee. Don't let [...]

    11. The title of this book is now one of my favorites of all time. At first glance, it seems so dry, so suggestive of sweeping historical detail. It made me think of the fond memories of an age gone by – how quaint, how rosy-hued and idealistic it all was. Summoning the vague ideas that I had about 1920’s New York, I pictured smoky clubs and laughing ladies in fur-lined cloaks and peacock feather hats.I’m not sure that I’ve ever come across another title so seemingly innocuous, yet so absolu [...]

    12. I know that this novel has been played often by Takarazuka Ballet,the all-female Japanese musical theater troupe,so it must be more of a sugary,insipid typical love triangle.Yes,it is a love story,but it is much more than that.The main plot is a tragic love story,but with the conflict of values and ethics in life and society.I'd say this is the strong and beautiful point of this classic.Through the culture clash between Europe and America (here I mean New York),and the rise and fall of the then [...]

    13. Yeah, you could call this The Age of Innocence. On the other hand, a more suitable title might be Anna Karenina Revisited. Here are a few similarities off the top of my head:- It's a novel based on societal etiquette. - A lovely woman is plagued with an unloving husband and somewhat ostracized from said society due to divorce.- A young man rushes to marry his fiancé before troubling thoughts of cheating overtake him.- The fiancé is a virtuous, virginal airhead. - And finally, the adulterous wo [...]

    14. The taste of the usual was like cinders in his mouth, and there were moments when he felt as if he were being buried alive under his future.Soundtrack for this majestic novel? Old Money by Lana Del Rey. Give this song a listen and tell me you can't feel the power, passion, longing, and heartache echoed in the novel. Where have you been? Where did you go?Those summer nights seem long agoAnd so is the girl you use to callThe queen of New York CityBut if you send for me, you know I'll comeAnd if yo [...]

    15. 726. The Age of Innocence, Edith Whartonعنوانها: عصر بیگناهی؛ عصر معصومیت؛ نویسنده: ادیت وارتون (جار / فاخته / سخن) ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفدهم ماه نوامبر سال 1995 میلادیعنوان: عصر بیگناهی؛ نویسنده: ادیت وارتون؛ مترجم: مینو مشیری؛ تهران، فاخته، 1373؛ در 389 ص؛ چاپ چهاردهم 1378؛ شابک: 9644304591؛ عنوان: [...]

    16. This was the first book I've read from Edith Wharton and it was better than I was expecting. The images of 1870's New York are rich and chilling and it's central theme so relevant and relatable. Newland Archer aches with the constraints of his time and the absurdity and hypocrisy of the society in which he lives. He longs to break free and yet ultimately lives a life of quiet remorse. It struck me just how little has changed in that regard. Most people still fall into a conventional life simply [...]

    17. A masterpiece. Newland Archer, a young lawyer, is engaged to be married to May Welland, a sweet but (he soon comes to realize) rather limited girl. Their two families are prominent ones in 1870s Manhattan so everything is as it should be. And then Archer meets Countess Ellen Olenska, a childhood sweetheart and May's cousin, who is back in NYC after fleeing a disastrous marriage in Europe. She is unconventional, beautiful, and shares Newland's interest in art and books. Can you guess what happens [...]

    18. There are many benefits to reading this beautifully written novel. For instance, if anyone ever asks you: "Who was the first women to win the Pulitzer prize?", you will not only know the answer, you will able to elaborate on it. This novel did win the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1921 and boy did it deserve it. It is set in a particular historical time and place (1870-ties, New York, the so called Glided Age) and it delivers a brilliant portrait of New York society of that time. The title of [...]

    19. Catatonic Damnation: Ironic Abnegation Blue stocking New York, the Gilded Age of the 1870s. The aristocratic denizens float through an orbit of intimations, insinuations and niceties in rigid fidelity to the complicated and exacting demands of such elegant Manhattan coteries.This winner of the 1921 Pulitzer for fiction is an acerbic attack, carried out with indirect deftness, on the oppressive social conventions of an exceedingly class-conscious society.The protagonist Newland Archer, who is a y [...]

    20. I loved this book and seem to be developing a penchant for reading books which drift along in a sedate way and in which not much appears (on the surface) to happen. Appearances are deceptive though and Wharton’s prose is beautiful and the dialogue sharp, and with depth of meaning. The novel is set in high society New York in the 1870s; a social milieu where convention reigned on the surface, but where some of the men had slightly scandalous secrets. Newland Archer and May Welland and about to [...]

    21. “The immense accretion of flesh which had descended on her in middle life like a flood of lava on a doomed city had changed her from a plump active little woman with a neatly-turned foot and ankle into something as vast and august as a natural phenomenon.” Does writing get any finer than that? And some say:A) the Edith Wharton is boring, while others sayB) she had no sense of humor.I'd say: She was behind me at the grocery store today and saw the same thing I saw.

    22. “The longing was with him day and night, an incessant undefinable craving, like the sudden whim of a sick man for food or drink once tasted and long since forgotten. He could not see beyond the craving, or picture what it might lead to, for he was not conscious of any wish to speak to Madame Olenska or to hear her voice. He simply felt that if he could carry away the vision of the spot of earth she walked on, and the way the sky and sea enclosed it, the rest of the world might seem less empty. [...]

    23. Un té de jazmín. Sí, sé que no tiene nada que ver con esta maravillosa historia, pero es así como la veo: como una taza de aromático té. Sutil. Delicada. Cálida Y a la misma vez, fría como la hipocresía que se sentaba en los palcos rojos y dorados de la vieja Academia, la noche en la que debutó Madame Nilsson. La misma noche en que Newland Archer volvía a ver a la condesa de Olenska Una historia que te atrapa y no te deja indiferente; una de esas novelas que se te mete en la piel

    24. Exceptional writing and examination of the New York high society, marriage, family, destiny, prejudices, lost love, at the end of the XIXth century.Wharton was a perceptive observer, with an uncanny understanding of society. I must confess, I didn't quite feel the 'big love' between Countess Olenska and Newland Archer and that occasionally I got a tad bored. Regardless, it's an impressive novel.I loved the ending, it wasn't what I expected, but it was a bold choice and I admire that a lot.I'm lo [...]

    25. 4.5“You're so shy, and yet you're so public. I always feel as if I were in the convent again—or on the stage, before a dreadfully polite audience that never applauds.”Gracious God, what a masterpiece.

    26. This is my second Wharton, and it only deepens my love for her writing. She skillfully places her characters in their moral dilemmas in such a way that you are sucked into their world and you spend an inordinate amount of time after you finish the book, rehashing their actions and decisions, mentally debating their choices and evaluating what your own would have been. When you read the last words of a Wharton novel and close the book, you are NOT finished with the story, and I love that. Lily Ba [...]

    27. “The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!”I’m not much into romantic stories – I mean how much of ‘Ellen, I love you’ and ‘Newland, it is wrong’ one can bear? More so, love triangles – and why they call it love triangles. Just look at this one – Archer has relations with May and Ellen but the two women do not love each other, so where is the third side of triangle? Shouldn’t it be called love angle or love V? In fact, if you thi [...]

    28. “In reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world, where the real thing was never said or done or even thought, but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs.” ― Edith Wharton, The Age of InnocenceA masterpiece of literary construction. There doesn't seem to be a word, sentence, or page out of place. At its core, 'The Age of Innocence' is story that shows the strength and the orchestrated customs and mores of social upper-class society of the 1870s, but also shows its narrownes [...]

    29. It's time to get something off my chest, guys: I love Gossip Girl.But Madeline! you exclaim, probably choking on a biscuit and dropping your teacup because you are one refined gentleman or lady, didn't you write a scathing review of the first Gossip Girl back in 2008 where you ranked it below goddamn Twilight on the scale of Books That Should Not Be Considered Books?Ah yes, my little blueberries, how right you are. Gossip Girl, the book, is pulpy badly-written trash that fails to even fulfill th [...]

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