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CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY provides a revealing glimpse into the workings of the upper society circles of New York before the Great War.
You'd think a book about someone like that would be dreary, but instead it's one long needle at the people like Undine, who care only for money, status and fun.
Although I have read Wharton's major novels, this an exceptional one because of the spectacular character of Undine and the quality of writing.
So good to read a novel both interesting and literate get your dictionary ready to use I am going to revisit other Wharton novelsPublished 10 days ago by L. Williams
Beautifully written page turner.
Now we know the long-ago-now reason motivating USA one per enters,
Greed is alive and well
In The Custom of the Country Edith Wharton uses biting satire to create one of the most callous self indolent characters ever construed onto paper. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elspeth G. Perkin
In my opinion, this is a better novel than The Age of Innocence. Undine is such a vividly drawn character--not a nice one, but a mesmerizing one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by forkofpower
The work itself is fantastic. The only negative I have is that in the entire story, there is not one character whom I end up admiring or developing an affinity for. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Local Flavor
I chose this book because Edith Wharton is a gem of a writer, and because I wanted to lose myself in another time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M Z Smith
Undine Spragg, a provincial girl who sets her sights on obtaining wealth and social status, has two things: great beauty and great ambition. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Feldman
This is certainly one of Wharton's great works. It depicts Undine, a Midwestern social climber who moves to New York, with the intention of making her mark on society. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Eileen Pollock
Biting in its observations. I have not read Wharton since my school days when I hated Ethan Fromm. Am very glad to have given it another go. Marvelous.Published 5 months ago by Dorothy Higgins