Mark Llobrera
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The House of Mirth

Edith Wharton

Started Reading
Oct 11, 2021
Finished Reading
Oct 15, 2021

Justice for Lily Bart!

Some parts felt incredibly fresh and applicable to modern times.1 Other parts—notably the anti-Semitic characterization of Rosedale—not so much. Scorsese called his adaptation of Wharton’s The Age of Innocence the most violent film he’s ever made, so I knew a bit of what to expect, but it really did feel like reading a horror film, if that makes any sense.

Other thoughts: I read this alongside Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You and Mirth is so different in form. A very clear reliance on plot, and scenes! But on the other hand: a lot of resonance between the two books in how women are constrained by capitalism and the patriarchy.

If you’re looking for an ebook version, I recommend the Standard Ebooks one.

  1. Is Gus Trenor a proto-crypto fuccboi? Discuss. ↩︎