The House of Mirth

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0684842203
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Best Classic
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Reader reviewed by K. Hager

This was the first book assigned in school that I actually enjoyed! The books is about Lily Bart and the pressures of the time to be married if you were a woman of a certain age. Lily pretty much toes the line when it comes to society's standards, but once in a while she does somethingthat's frowned upon...like being alone with a male when she should have a guardian or companion as well.

The book is very sad as it reminds me of Marguax hemingway..the young woman who feels she can't live up wot society's standards and gives up. SPOILER ALERT: Likewise, with Margaux Hemingway there was a question of whether or not she committed suicide or if it was an accidental overdose. Similarly, the book ends with Lily's death and we don't know if she took too much sleeping potion on accident or on purpose.

This is a beautifully written classic that is not only impressive to share in leiterary circles, but is actually interesting!
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Ugh
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Reader reviewed by Bookworm9

I would not term this a YA book. I didn't have to read it until college, so if a high school has forced it on you, you have my pity. If you're not being forced to read it, then don't pick it up!

In all seriousness, this is not such a horrible book, but if you're looking for something you're really going to fall into, don't bother with it. Yes, it's a classic, and it's a good mirror of the times, but the characters are hardly lovable and the plot plays on too many coincidences and misunderstandings. If you're interested in literature from this period, there are many better choices.
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A realistic look at the past
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Reader reviewed by L. Eustace

The story of a woman's decline in society and her social circle because of her declining wealth. She ends up having to get a job, something that's embarressing for a woman of her social class. A realistic book that shows how life was during the time period this book takes place.
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