Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Teaser Tuesday - The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

... a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

*Grab your current read
*Open to a random page
*Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

The Classics I've been reading this year, mainly through readalongs, have all been English so this month I decided to go elsewhere. Not having read anything of this American author's before I chose .....

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

My teaser comes from p17

"The immense accretion of flesh which had descended on her in middle life like a flood of lava on a doomed city had changed her from a plump active little woman with a neatly turned foot and ankle into something as vast and august as a natural phenomenon. She had accepted this submergence as philosophically as all her other trials, and now, in extreme old age, was rewarded by presenting to her mirror an almost unwrinkled expanse of pink and white flesh, in the centre of which the traces of a small face survived as if awaiting excavation.

It's proving to be everything it says it is ..........a novel with a lucid and penetrating style, vivid characterisations, an insight into the lives of upper class New Yorkers during the 1870's. It's marvellous reading.


  1. I read this book a few years ago now, and thoroughly enjoyed it! I am a bit afraid that description might apply to me though! lol

    My teaser comes from An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

  2. Stopping by from the teaser meme. Here's ours:

  3. Sounds like a interesting read and I hope you continue to enkjy it :)

    here's my Tuesday Teaser for the week

  4. Lots of people reading classics this week! This one's on my to do list. :)

    Here's my teaser: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

  5. Her descriptions are always so vivid. Great teaser! My TT from Paranormalcy is here.

    From the Shadows

  6. Oh, I just love Wharton! I hope you continue to enjoy this one!