- Paperback: 194 pages
- Publisher: Forgotten Books (June 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440063052
- ISBN-13: 978-1440063053
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,954,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sanctuary (Classic Reprint)
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Originally published by Scribners in 1903, this is the story of Kate Orme, who marries a man of weak moral character. When they have a child, she fears that the sins of the father will be the sins of their son. Kate dedicates herself to instilling morality in the boy as he grows, especially after her husband dies. This is a typical Wharton examination of upper-crust society strewn with flaws.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"A striking little book, striking in its simplicity and penetration, its passion and restraint."—Times Literary Supplement
"It is good, ethically and artistically, to read and read again a book with such a lift."—New York Times--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The story centers on Kate, who marries a man after she discovers that he is morally flawed by failing to acknowledge his now deceased brother's wife and son, thus cutting them out of their legitimate inheritance. After her husband dies and she raises her son into adulthood, the son starts displaying many of his father's flaws. Personally, I felt Kate's actions to be that of a "helicopter parent" and very uncomfortable.
Lee Ann Howlett's performance was solid, having different tones and inflections for the varying characters. Her reading pace was also good and set the proper atmosphere for the story.
In short, Sanctuary is worth reading or listening to, especially as a study into Wharton's development of life and moral struggles in her characters, which would eventually earn her a Pulitzer Prize.