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  1. Edith Wharton is one of my favourite writers. This novel is set in post civil war America and centres around a character called Undine Spragg. I thought Undine Spragg as a name was not very attractive and then it dawned on me that that could have been deliberate. Undine is very, very beautiful but her character is not at all attractive. The book is about how Undine improves herself socially and the consequences this has. In improving herself she marries 4 times and ends up married to the first man she married - I felt that this was also deliberate, if Undine had just stayed married t
  2. From my blog This is a lovely edition from the folks at Galley Beggar Press as a part of their ghost story set. This little book was a really interesting read for me. An old writer, having had some friends round for dinner proceeds to tell them how, on two occasions he has been haunted by a pair of disembodied eyes at the foot of his bed. On one level it is a straightforward, rather creepy ghost story about a man who doesn’t behave very well towards his fiancée being made to pay by a malevolent sprit. However, after some consideration I wondered if there was a little bit more to
  3. I've recently read Hardy's Jude The Obscure, and listened to Bruce Chatwin's On The Black Hill serialised on the radio, so was just in the right mindset to read Ethan Frome. This is is an interestingly constructed book. There is a narrator who is telling the story of "the ruin of a man", Ethan Frome, as he has pieced it together from the recollections of other people. Wharton reveals or hides aspects of the story from the narrator and the reader throughout. The narrator has come to lodge in the village of Starksfield in 19thcentury Massachusetts to work in a nearby town. It is winter
  4. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton - 1905 I read this book about a year ago with my RL book club. We all thought it was an interesting tale of life about a hundred years ago and how much society had changed. I started this thread just before the crash.
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