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The House of Mirth by [Edith Wharton, Jennifer Egan]
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The House of Mirth Reissue Edition, Kindle Edition

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"A tragedy of our modern life, in which the relentlessness of what men used to call Fate and esteem, in their ignorance, a power beyond their control, is as vividly set forth as ever it was by Aeschylus or Shakespeare."

-- "New York Times"

"Fields' rendition vivifies the character in such a way that they become lifelong companions in one's mind."

-- "Booklist"

"Lily's misadventures create a shifting mix of poignancy, sadness, exhilaration, pity, even fear--for her and for the listener, who is well served in this audiobook by the truly marvelous narration of Anna Fields. She perfectly captures Lily and a largish cast, discriminating among them with such skill that you'll believe you're hearing a full-cast recording."

-- "AudioFile"

"The performance by Fields is a perfect balance of energy and subtlety, lending and authenticity that is in keeping with Wharton's vibrant prose style."

-- "Kliatt"

"Wharton's characters leap out from the pages and...become very real. You know their hearts, souls and yearnings, and the price they pay for those yearnings."

-- "San Francisco Examiner"

Perhaps the finest study of American social life, certainly the strongest and most artistic novel of the year.

-- "San Francisco Chronicle, 1905"

Wharton is mercilessly frank as she chronicles Lily's fall from grace, contrasting psychological insights with descriptions of external effects...Wharton shows us exactly how women like Lily could be smothered by the upper reaches of society, where individual tragedies are easily subsumed by the current of other people lives.

-- "Guardian (London)" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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'To my mind, her greatest novel beautifully written never jaded or perfunctory. The humour sedately delirious. Above all, it is a passionate book' NINA BAWDEN --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B002ZJCQR4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scribner; Reissue edition (1 July 1997)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2669 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 460 pages
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