Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.
A couple of years ago I embarked on an Edith Wharton journey. I read The House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence, and Ethan Frome. I had also intended to read Jennie Field’s The Age of Desire. Fast forward to Roof Beam Reader’s 2015 TBR Challenge. As I was looking at the unread books on my shelves, I remembered The Age of Desire. It was the first book from my TBR list that I read this year.
What I liked about this book was getting to know a little bit about the significant people in Edith Wharton’s life, such as her husband, her beloved assistant, and a few of her literary friends. The Age of Desire did an excellent job of providing atmosphere and highlighting Edith’s interests, strengths and weaknesses. On the other hand, Edith’s age of desire left me wanting. I was starting to disengage with the novel by the time this aspect of the story kicked into high gear. Edith’s suitor was as fickle as she was and I had misgivings about the whole affair. I had anticipated then the novel redeeming itself by exploring what she learned through the experience. This was not to be so.
I had high hopes for The Age of Desire, but unfortunately I found myself struggling to even finish the book. I couldn’t even work up the energy to throw the book against the wall when I read Edith’s takeaway from her affair. If you’re interested in Edith Wharton’s life, I would suggest a biography.