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The House of Mirth Free download Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ã A black comedy of manners about vast wealth and a woman who can define herself only through the perceptions of others The beautiful Lily Bart lives among the nouveaux riches of New York City – people whose millions were made in railroads shipping D all the trappings of wealth But her uest comes to a scandalous end when she is accused of being the mistress of a wealthy man Exiled from her familiar world of artificial conventions Lily finds life impossib. Edith Wharton sets the New York social stage of the early twentieth century for a succession of short scenes that glitter with glossy superficiality Lightning backdrops and lush costumes are put on display to create a natural effect in this tableaux vivant of a novel where Lily Bart stands out as the most stunning living painting ever She is the leading actress of this theatrical narrative a delicate flower bred for exhibition and ornament whose beauty shines with the precise effortless grace and charm that will enable her to achieve her goals Being an orphaned single woman of twenty nine with frugal tastes Lily knows that in the gilded cage in which she blossoms and withers the only path to success is to become a saleable commodity that some wealthy gentleman will buy into marriageIt’s easy to find fault in Lily’s dignified composure Wharton treats her tragic heroine harshly She is vain snobbish selfish and as shallow as the stage of artificiality where she acts She covets money and social position above gentleness and compassion her ruthless anti sentimentalism is reflected in the hard glaze of her chiselled porcelain mask of complacency that in turn conceals her contempt for the parasitic life in which she has imprisoned herself But how much does the financial imperatives of this society in which wealth and not morality determines status influence in the making of stereotyped females grown up for mere decoration “She was so evidently the victim of the civilization which had produced her that the links of her bracelet seemed like manacles chaining her to her fate”p8”I keep asking myself Is Lily a helpless victim or a hypocrite culprit Guilty of presumptuousness or driven by desperation The boundaries dividing the discrepant selves that coexist in Lily are as blurry as the thin line that separates fact from magic illusionI keep asking myself Who am I to judge Lily when I feel my life to be an ongoing seuence of scenarios where I play the roles my varied audience expects from me She is as trapped as I am Lily’s broken wings don’t allow her to escape from the social jungle that made her what she is yet she craves for “freedom” and “happiness” while she keeps missing golden opportunities that present themselves in the form of eligible bachelors and running under obligations of generous cheues that are spent mindlessly on the card table And below the glittering surface of Lily’s existence a terrible sense of waste festers into growing despair She loves but denies herselfShe smiles but bleeds inwardlyShe wants to be saved but sticks stubbornly to her idea of successMr Selden offers Lily a place in his “republic where “freedom and success” are both possible “ ‘Freedom Freedom from worries’‘From everything – from money from poverty from easy and anxiety from all material accidents To keep a kind of republic of spirit – that’s what I call success' ” p78But Lily has no spiritual or actual home of her own like Woolf urged women to some years later and she clings feebly to the surface of her existence where she is swirled around by the turbulences of the social corset that asphyxiates herLoneliness poverty and isolation are the true protagonists of Lily’s desired House where there is no Mirth Lily’s frivolity is in fact a result of a deluded childishness that splits her troubled being in two halves the false one in perpetual display on the perfidious stage of society and the real one that radiates with emotional expressiveness in the last chapters of the novel when the mask of appearances is finally dropped and the bright tragic realism filters through the cracks of Wharton’s cardboard languageI don’t judge I sympathize I grieve But I can’t help but wonder how much of Lily’s story reflects Wharton’s professional career and the inherent conflict between her eagerness for popularity and the necessity to exorcize her own frustrations as a female writer in a sparkling scenario as facetious as her characters Hence my four stars saving the lacking one to pay homage to the fallen star in this House which is ironically full of Mourning

The House of MirthD all the trappings of wealth But her uest comes to a scandalous end when she is accused of being the mistress of a wealthy man Exiled from her familiar world of artificial conventions Lily finds life impossib. Edith Wharton sets the New York social stage of the early twentieth century for a succession of short scenes that glitter with glossy superficiality Lightning backdrops and lush costumes are put on display to create a natural effect in this tableaux vivant of a novel where Lily Bart stands out as the most stunning living painting ever She is the leading actress of this theatrical narrative a delicate flower bred for exhibition and ornament whose beauty shines with the precise effortless grace and charm that will enable her to achieve her goals Being an orphaned single woman of twenty nine with frugal tastes Lily knows that in the gilded cage in which she blossoms and withers the only path to success is to become a saleable commodity that some wealthy gentleman will buy into marriageIt’s easy to find fault in Lily’s dignified composure Wharton treats her tragic heroine harshly She is vain snobbish selfish and as shallow as the stage of artificiality where she acts She covets money and social position above gentleness and compassion her ruthless anti sentimentalism is reflected in the hard glaze of her chiselled porcelain mask of complacency that in turn conceals her contempt for the parasitic life in which she has imprisoned herself But how much does the financial imperatives of this society in which wealth and not morality determines status influence in the making of stereotyped females grown up for mere decoration “She was so evidently the victim of the civilization which had produced her that the links of her bracelet seemed like manacles chaining her to her fate”p8”I keep asking myself Is Lily a helpless victim or a hypocrite culprit Guilty of presumptuousness or driven by desperation The boundaries dividing the discrepant selves that coexist in Lily are as blurry as the thin line that separates fact from magic illusionI keep asking myself Who am I to judge Lily when I feel my life to be an ongoing seuence of scenarios where I play the roles my varied audience expects from me She is as trapped as I am Lily’s broken wings don’t allow her to escape from the social jungle that made her what she is yet she craves for “freedom” and “happiness” while she keeps missing golden opportunities that present themselves in the form of eligible bachelors and running under obligations of generous cheues that are spent mindlessly on the card table And below the glittering surface of Lily’s existence a terrible sense of waste festers into growing despair She loves but denies herselfShe smiles but bleeds inwardlyShe wants to be saved but sticks stubbornly to her idea of successMr Selden offers Lily a place in his “republic where “freedom and success” are both possible “ ‘Freedom Freedom from worries’‘From everything – from money from poverty from easy and anxiety from all material accidents To keep a kind of republic of spirit – that’s what I call success' ” p78But Lily has no spiritual or actual home of her own like Woolf urged women to some years later and she clings feebly to the surface of her existence where she is swirled around by the turbulences of the social corset that asphyxiates herLoneliness poverty and isolation are the true protagonists of Lily’s desired House where there is no Mirth Lily’s frivolity is in fact a result of a deluded childishness that splits her troubled being in two halves the false one in perpetual display on the perfidious stage of society and the real one that radiates with emotional expressiveness in the last chapters of the novel when the mask of appearances is finally dropped and the bright tragic realism filters through the cracks of Wharton’s cardboard languageI don’t judge I sympathize I grieve But I can’t help but wonder how much of Lily’s story reflects Wharton’s professional career and the inherent conflict between her eagerness for popularity and the necessity to exorcize her own frustrations as a female writer in a sparkling scenario as facetious as her characters Hence my four stars saving the lacking one to pay homage to the fallen star in this House which is ironically full of Mourning

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The House of Mirth À Illions were made in railroads shipping land speculation and banking In this morally and aesthetically bankrupt world Lily age twenty nine seeks a husband who can satisfy her cravings for endless admiration an. Lily Bart born poor but from a blue blood family grew up privileged well her mother pretended they had wealth always telling her hard working husband she will not live like a pig He succumbs to an early grave broke at the turn of the century 20th that is the mother spends money they haven't got going to Europe buying expensive clothes jewelry furniture all for the sake of appearances their friends in High Society are very well to do Since childhood Lily is told one thing never trained for anything else her object in life marry a rich man restore the family honor love doesn't matter the only important concern Gold When her mother dies too in poverty discouraged Lily is alone at the age of 19 Aunt Peniston affluent widowed sister of Lily's father surprisingly takes her in she keeps mostly to herself aloof will not help Miss Bart pay bills Lily has a meager income and her niece continues in New York society with her friends buying extravagant dresses gambling at cards bridge a maid employed visiting the houses of people who live lavishly in their own little world MrsTrenor her best friend is always inviting her to stay and enjoy the good life with the snobs at her mansion Lily is glad to get out of her Aunt Julia's boring dowdy home Her bills go unpaid Lily must marry soon but is too fastidious for her own good meeting the very shy millionaire Percy Gryce dull tongue tied his only interest in life collecting old books That is when his pulse beats faster But Lily loves Lawrence Selden a fascinating man they have interesting conversations together she feels good being able to speak honestly but he is just another struggling lawyer a working man who travels in high places and lives in a modest apartment His cousin Gerty Farish is one of the few real friends Lily has and she also loves Lawrence helping the poor becomes her life's work And Gerty even takes Miss Bart to see them and she gives some precious money to their welfare Lily feels happy doing so The skittish straight laced Mr Gryce gets cold feet hearing about Miss Bart's gambling debts what would mother think Selden is also uncomfortable with Lily's reputation undeserved the crowd likes to gossip She has another even less desirable candidate Simon Rosedale on the way to becoming the richest man in town trying to enter the exclusive group rather uncouth but is improving He wants to marry the gorgeous woman what a prize to show off to his new friendsLily Bart doesn't like him and needs to find someone uickly at 29 her days of floating around the honeycomb are rapidly ending she has to taste the honey and become the ueen But Lily is asked to go on a Mediterranean yacht cruise by MrsDorset months of pleasure no worries everything free forget all her troubles what will she do Free download ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ã Edith Wharton

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Edith Wharton ã 5 Read & Download A black comedy of manners about vast wealth and a woman who can define herself only through the perceptions of others The beautiful Lily Bart lives among the nouveaux riches of New York City – people whose m. On occasions like this I rue the absence of a 'tragedy' shelf or some variation of the same because mere 'melancholia' seems too modest too euivocal a word to convey the kind of heartbreak Lily Bart's story inflicted on meIt is perhaps apposite that I came to this with my mind still fresh from Anita Desai's stirring homage to a resolutely single unsung fictional heroine who holds together a disintegrating family unacknowledged misunderstood left behind and forgotten Clear Light of Day Because Desai's Bim and Wharton's Lily are both flawed figures who manage to stand erect weathering storms of hostile circumstances that whittle down their will to live and sense of self worth Even when the vicissitudes of fate leave them psychologically battered and dying inside they manage to maintain their slippery grip on ideals that cost them dearly And how many tragedies can we think of in which the female protagonist's tragic status is not a mere matter of simple victimization at the hands of patriarchal figures of authority but is instead locked in a complex configuration of missed chances reluctance to surrender self esteem in exchange for societal approval and an unsympathetic social milieu She was realizing for the first time that a woman's dignity may cost to keep up than her carriage; and that the maintenance of a moral attribute should be dependent on dollars and cents made the world appear a sordid place than she had conceived it Lily Barton's ill fated fall from grace is not just the tragedy of a woman of insufficient means restricted to using her beauty as currency It is representative of a greater human predicament Unlike Desai's ornately crafted family drama taking place amidst the sualor of an Old Delhi neighborhood Lily's tale comes swathed in layers of exuisite riches The shimmer of expensive china the buzz of vacuous conversations conducted in affected accents the ring of self assured laughter spilling forth from the made up faces of social butterflies and the dispassionate flirtations between social aspirants and calculating husband hunters provide a glittering backdrop to her spiralling descent into the realms of penury and obscurity But this outward show of grandeur and exuberance stands in stark contrast to the bleakness of Lily's inner world the site of a perennial conflict between necessity and moral rectitude which Wharton limns with stunning precision and empathy Lily's bitter ending hits home not because she is a woman forced to choose between a marriage of convenience and complete annihilation but because that tragedy is one of her own making a fatal repercussion of her last defiant refusal to play by the rules of society If she slipped she recovered her footing and it was only afterward that she was aware of having recovered it each time on a slightly lower level Why Edith Wharton does not share the same pedestal of authorial eminence with figures like Fitzgerald I don't understand Both The Great Gatsby and 'The House of Mirth' indict the soulless heart of a blindly hedonistic social order and yet Wharton seems to be often viewed simply as a woman's writer As if to write from the female perspective and use female bondings and rivalry as tools of social critiue automatically ualify as criteria for exclusion of a work from greater recognition She had fallen she had gone under and true to the ideal of their race they were awed only by success by the gross tangible image of material achievement To hell with the canon then Gatsby's tragedy transpires as a result of his naivete and callow optimism Lily's ultimate end is an act of conscious self abnegation and implicit resistance to the value judgment systems which govern the world she inhabits It should be obvious which story's razor sharpness cut me to the bone