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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.
Edith Wharton is one of my favorite writers. She writes about people of her era and how she lived. My two favorite novels written by Wharton are The Age of Innocence and The... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Grandma
Poor girl. She was not careful what she looked for. I also realized that there was a real woman very similar to the protagonist, but born a generation later. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Joan Elder
Undine Sprague is an unforgettable character. Beautiful, desirable, manipulative and completely self-absorbed, unconcerned with the feelings and needs of others, even her son. Read morePublished 16 days ago by M.E.
The story of Undine, a spoiled girl who marries and divorces her way to the top but will she ever be happy and how many will she destroy to get what she wants. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robbi Podgaysky
A story of a very spoiled young lady wanting wealth and prestige no matter the cost. Interesting how she achieves that goal. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Stephens
Undone really schemes her way thru life on two continents as she tries to be the leader of society in New York and ParisPublished 2 months ago by Hariot R. Lippmann
This is a profoundly insightful satire of manners and the power of rationalization. It is also a keen observation of the cultural setting, and timeless human interaction. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anna Niemann
This is a very good study of someone whois never satisfied with what she has. As the Bible says, "a lover of silver will never be satisfied with silver, nor a lover of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer