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Download á PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ä Edith Wharton The Custom of the Country Free download Ó 102 Edith Wharton Ä 2 Read Dity A novel that ranges from New York to Paris from Apex City Kansas to Reno Nevada The Custom of the Country stands as a dark satire of American business society and the nouveaux riches and as Edith Wharton's contribution to the tradition of the American ep. Think Edith Wharton only wrote novels about nice people who fall victim to society s uncongenial s Then The Custom of the Country may come as a bit of a surprise to you Far from a dignified morally superior character the book s heroine the beautiful but vulgar Undine Spragg is a selfish monster who takes society or rather several different societies head on suffers a bit for her lack of subtlety but comes out filthy rich Unless you re a gold digger yourself you ll find Undine hard to identify with but that doesn t really matter because for one thing the story is far too interesting to care about a trifle like an unlikeable heroine and for another there are other characters to sympathise with Such as Undine s poor long suffering husbands to whom Wharton devotes a few beautiful desperate chaptersUndine Spragg is a marvellous creation whose sense of entitlement and ruthlessness defy belief She is as hypocritical as the friends with whom she surrounds herself disapproving of them for doing the same things she herself does without seeming to be aware of the irony As a reader you keep waiting for Undine to learn a lesson but other than a dim awareness that others seem to find her rather dull once they have got over her physical beauty she never learns a thing let alone the harsh lesson she so deserves She just goes on and on pressing for the things she wants and for some reason she gets them Most of them anywayAs always Wharton s prose is beautiful her satire thick and marvellous With great authority she lashes out at the different circles in which Undine moves all of which Wharton knew from experience Midwestern wannabes representatives of venerable Old New York dignified but ineffective the Gilded Age nouveaux riches vulgar very vulgar but not entirely without redeeming ualities and the French aristocracy dignified but hypocritical What with Undine being so successful The Custom of the Country lacks some of the tragic uality that makes The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence so memorable but other than that it s a fine exploration of upward mobility and aspirations written by an author whose prose never fails to delight

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Download á PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ä Edith Wharton The Custom of the Country Free download Ó 102 Edith Wharton Ä 2 Read First published in 1913 and regarded by many critics as her most substantial novel The Custom of the Country is Edith Wharton's powerful saga about the beautiful ruthless Undine Spragg A woman of extraordinary ambition and exuberant vitality Undine is consign. SPOILERSSocial gold does not always glitterEdith Wharton did not have a happy life Nor do her characters What is happiness anyway if not merely a part of our lives something we all pursue but rarely if ever possess in a clean full form We are destined to fail We are imperfect by design And Undine Spragg is one of the most imperfect characters I have come across Actually imperfect is an understatement She is a walking disaster A woman almost completely devoid of empathy and self respect She is forever entrapped in her search for greatness but nothing she achieves is ever enough As soon as I was finished I told my friend Jeffrey What is the point of achieving what you dream of if you can never enjoy it because you are always so consumed with what you don t have if the very reason for wanting what you do is that you don t have it and once you have it you find yourself bored and angry and it turns out that nothing has really changed I think that the reason why the protagonist I should say the antagonist really can never be happy with her achievements is her lack of desire to share them And of course they lose their meaning She merely wants to be admired and indulged and not bothered with anything to not think and be responsible for anyone and anything She has no sense of self She wants to be treated like an object like all she exists for is to be admired from afar like she has no substance in the same way a doll or a sculpture is admired like she is empty And this is why her life is empty too As my friend Sidharth says life needs life to see itself It was admiration not love that she wanted She wanted to enjoy herself and her conception of enjoyment was publicity promiscuity the band the banners the crowd the close contact of covetous impulses and the sense of walking among them in cool securityA stranger that was what she had always been to him So malleable outwardly she had remained insensible to the touch of the heart In her mind there is no place for considerations scruples limitations It was impossible for Undine to understand a social organization which did not regard the indulging of woman as its first purpose She completely lacks depth She combines passionate desires with passionless nature A combination that leads to the downfall of everyone who loves her and her own personal hell But is it merely her fault The real paradox is the fact that the men who make materially the biggest sacrifices for their women should do least for them ideally and romantically And what s the result how do the women avenge themselves All my sympathy s with them poor deluded dears when I see their fallacious little attempts to trick out the leavings tossed them by the preoccupied male the money and the motors and the clothes and pretend to themselves and each other that that s what really constitutes life Oh I know what you re going to say it s less and less of a pretence with them I grant you they re and succumbing to the force of the suggestion but here and there I fancy there s one who still sees through the humbug and knows that money and motors and clothes are simply the big bribe she s paid for keeping out of some man s way And is Undine one of the exceptions Her companion took the shot with a smile No she s a monstrously perfect result of the system the completest proof of its triumph It s Ralph who s the victim and the exception Unlike others Undine doesn t learn any lessons doesn t go through any profound changes She keeps being a soulless mindless force of nature sucking the life out of everyone close to her This book just like The Age of Innocence reveals the truth that often stays unsaid That when women are belittled men are no less harmed Because each right entails with itself a responsibility and vice versa When there is no euality when there is no partnership there are no winners Only destruction And by refusing to admit it we become our worst enemies Undine is a woman of her time But is Ralph truly an exception There is no doubt about how much he loves her and that he wants to give her much than just material goods that he wants her to be an essential part of his life However he misses to realize that indulging someone isn t enough to create a real partnership By tolerating and accepting everything she does to him to their child he is no less of a supporter of the vicious circle He completely loses his spirit The flame of love that had played about his passion for his wife had died down to its embers all the transfiguring hopes and illusions were gone but they had left an unuenchable ache for her nearness her smile her touch His life had come to be nothing but a long effort to win these mercies by one concession after another the sacrifice of his literary projects the exchange of his profession for an uncongenial business and the incessant struggle to make enough money to satisfy her increasing exactions That was where the call had led him He spends his whole life diminishing himself and exalting her This adoring gentle maybe too good to be true husband feeds the abyss as much as every self centered lover of boot licking out there Not having appreciation for yourself is as bad as not having it for the person next to you The lack of sense of self is probably the only thing he truly shares with Undine Even in the end when he finally has a reaction he takes down not her but himself He destroys himself and the future of his sonThe distinction between winner and loser abuser and victim is not always uite clear To me Ralph and Undine albeit very different are two sides of the same coin Products of an ill system that either corrupts or crashes you Unlike the ending of The Age of Innocence the ending of The Custom of the Country doesn t leave us with a glimmer of hope It is perfect and elouent in its bleakness Edith Wharton strips the body of the late XIX century New York society of its brilliant clothing separates the skin from the bones and turns the bones into dust There is no happiness in this story but there is truth And as imperfect as we are it is up to us whether we shall let it be our truth or find that glimmer of hope after allMy thanks to Candi for the recommendation Passion pour l'Algérie les moines de Tibhirine: l'enquête d'un historien américain (RECIT) extraordinary ambition and Histoire de Courchevel Saint-Bon exuberant vitality Undine is consign. SPOILERSSocial gold does not always glitterEdith Wharton did not have a happy life Nor do her characters What is happiness anyway if not merely a part of our lives something we all pursue but rarely if Histoire passionnante de la vie dun petit ramoneur savoyard : Ecrite par lui-même ever possess in a clean full form We are destined to fail We are imperfect by design And Undine Spragg is one of the most imperfect characters I have come across Actually imperfect is an understatement She is a walking disaster A woman almost completely devoid of LHistoire de Siloë T02: Temps mort (LHistoire de Siloë, 2) empathy and self respect She is forever LHistoire de Siloë T01: Psybombe (LHistoire de Siloë, 1) entrapped in her search for greatness but nothing she achieves is Les Gondy de Retz : Un prestigieux destin ever Les catholiques savoyards: Histoire du diocèse de Chambéry, 1890-1940 (Savoisiennes) enjoy it because you are always so consumed with what you don t have if the very reason for wanting what you do is that you don t have it and once you have it you find yourself bored and angry and it turns out that nothing has really changed I think that the reason why the protagonist I should say the antagonist really can never be happy with her achievements is her lack of desire to share them And of course they lose their meaning She merely wants to be admired and indulged and not bothered with anything to not think and be responsible for anyone and anything She has no sense of self She wants to be treated like an object like all she \ exists for is to be admired from afar like she has no substance in the same way a doll or a sculpture is admired like she is les cahiers danaïs empty And this is why her life is Histoire de Moûtiers empty too As my friend Sidharth says life needs life to see itself It was admiration not love that she wanted She wanted to Paysan citoyen enjoy herself and her conception of Lhistoire de la brume enjoyment was publicity promiscuity the band the banners the crowd the close contact of covetous impulses and the sense of walking among them in cool securityA stranger that was what she had always been to him So malleable outwardly she had remained insensible to the touch of the heart In her mind there is no place for considerations scruples limitations It was impossible for Undine to understand a social organization which did not regard the indulging of woman as its first purpose She completely lacks depth She combines passionate desires with passionless nature A combination that leads to the downfall of Histoire de la Savoie everyone who loves her and her own personal hell But is it merely her fault The real paradox is the fact that the men who make materially the biggest sacrifices for their women should do least for them ideally and romantically And what s the result how do the women avenge themselves All my sympathy s with them poor deluded dears when I see their fallacious little attempts to trick out the leavings tossed them by the preoccupied male the money and the motors and the clothes and pretend to themselves and Histoire de la Milice et des forces du maintien de lordre en Haute-Savoie 1940-1945 : Guerre civile en Haute-Savoie each other that that s what really constitutes life Oh I know what you re going to say it s less and less of a pretence with them I grant you they re and succumbing to the force of the suggestion but here and there I fancy there s one who still sees through the humbug and knows that money and motors and clothes are simply the big bribe she s paid for keeping out of some man s way And is Undine one of the le collet dallevard autrefois exceptions Her companion took the shot with a smile No she s a monstrously perfect result of the system the completest proof of its triumph It s Ralph who s the victim and the Les Emaux de Ligugé : daprès Georges Rouault, Charles Ranc, Georges Braque, Alfred Manessier, André Marchand, Edouard Goerg, Jacques Villon, Antoni Clavé, Marc Chagall, Frère Pascal everyone close to her This book just like The Age of Innocence reveals the truth that often stays unsaid That when women are belittled men are no less harmed Because la poche de saint-nazaire each right Histoire du mont-blanc et de la vallee de chamonix / ascensions et catastrophes célébrés entails with itself a responsibility and vice versa When there is no PETITE HISTOIRE DES PAPETERIES DE LANCEY. : Bergès, le père de la Houille Blanche, ou la Vérité dun mythe enemies Undine is a woman of her time But is Ralph truly an Résistant déporté : Grand-Mère exception There is no doubt about how much he loves her and that he wants to give her much than just material goods that he wants her to be an Ardèche Terre dhistoire essential part of his life However he misses to realize that indulging someone isn t Histoire de Samoëns : Sept montagnes et des siècles enough to create a real partnership By tolerating and accepting La Royale Maison de Savoie - Tome 1 effort to win these mercies by one concession after another the sacrifice of his literary projects the Histoire des Sables et du pays dOlonne exchange of his profession for an uncongenial business and the incessant struggle to make La véritable histoire de Mandrin enough money to satisfy her increasing Nantes exactions That was where the call had led him He spends his whole life diminishing himself and La Baule et la presquîle guérandaise : Tome 1, XIXe siècle, la naissance des bains de mer exalting her This adoring gentle maybe too good to be true husband feeds the abyss as much as Le marquis de la ferronnays 1876 - 1946 either corrupts or crashes you Unlike the Le Thabor : Rennes ending of The Age of Innocence the Capitalisme à visages humains elouent in its bleakness Edith Wharton strips the body of the late XIX century New York society of its brilliant clothing separates the skin from the bones and turns the bones into dust There is no happiness in this story but there is truth And as imperfect as we are it is up to us whether we shall let it be our truth or find that glimmer of hope after allMy thanks to Candi for the recommendation

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  • The Custom of the Country
  • Edith Wharton
  • English
  • 12 July 2019
  • 9780684825885