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Product Details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: FQ Books (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YL4C5Q
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,709,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Love at First Book on December 12, 2012
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Xingu by Edith Wharton: I loved this short, classic novel. A group of six women engage in a Lunch Club with the point of basically being as pretentious as possible.

A famous author who they have all read, all but Mrs. Roby who is the outcast of the group, comes to one of their Lunch Club meetings. Osric Dane, the author, is so pretentious, so condescending, that she totally throws these polite, stuck up women off their game.

Mrs. Roby saves the day by bringing up the concept of Xingu, which the other women pretend to know all about but really have no clue what she is talking about. Mrs. Roby puts Osric Dane in her place, and leaves, with Osric begging to join her.

The other women are very taken aback and begin to argue with each other about Xingu, which they still have no idea what it is.

This book is sooooo high school, it's hilarious! And it's super short, so you can get through it quickly (Only 48 pages according to Goodreads).

I definitely recommend Xingu by Edith Wharton!

Have you ever faked knowledge of something to fit in?

Thanks for reading,

Rebecca @ Love at First Book
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I'd heard the short story "Xingu" on NPR's Selected Shorts program, read by Christina Pickles, an actress who reads magnificently. I loved it, and was happily surprised to see it while browsing through Kindle's collection of work by Edith Wharton. Amazon is providing a great service by publishing short stories for the Kindle, especially by long-gone writers whose shorter works are not always easy to find. I only recently discovered Wharton, thanks to Kindle's free offerings of books in the public domain, and I've been reading my way through her oeuvre as time allows.

This gem of a story captures an afternoon meeting of a women's reading group whose members appear to be upper middle class with intellectual aspirations. The day in question a famous writer has joined them, and in their zeal to impress her with their sophistication they reveal all sorts of insecurities and pretensions. It might have been set a century ago, but the women's flaws and foibles are relevant today. Without hitting us over the head, or hitting her characters below the belt, Wharton gives us a humorous, dead-on description that is universal and eternal.
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I have been reading my way through Edith Wharton and loving every minute of it! When I discovered this short story I couldn't resist. Its about a pretentious lunch book club and the visit of a famous author. It may have been written in 1916 but the members of the book club are universal characters right down to what another reviewer called the "pseudo intellectual" who tries to lead the discussions. I enjoyed it and wished it were longer.
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By Mary M Fletcher on January 27, 2013
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Xingu 1916 is an excellent satire in which Wharton mocks pretentiousness. The story is about a group of women in a book club who, in claiming a position of distinction, though unjustified, are put in their place. These women represent the pretentious side of our personality, and illustrates just how easy it is to succumb to that world. I would highly recommend this humorous reading.
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By Anne V WIlliams on January 23, 2013
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This sarcastic look at literary clubs as social pecking devices dominated by pseudo-intellectuals was right on the mark. It also paints a good portrait of the advantages of playing hard to get. The author enjoyed playing games with her extensive vocabulary, and this reader was happy she had bought a ticket to the games..
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By TOOSDHI RA-OOF on January 31, 2014
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In my opinion, Edith Wharton's book "Xingu"was very entertaining to read. I gave it a four star because it was expertly written, entertaining, and it made me laugh. I believe that this book would be great for high schoolers, undergrads in college, and people who just love to read books of this era.
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Loved this story. If you're a reader, a writer, a bookclub member, you will probably have an extra layer of appreciation for this story with a twist. Love the humor and the characters are well-drawn and certainly as identifiable today as they were in Edith Wharton's time. Highly recommend this story.
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