As much trouble as I had picking a novel for this category after reading this book I don’t think I could have picked a better one. Edith Wharton is a powerhouse in American literature, the first woman ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She is deft in her craft and knows exactly where she wants to steer her reader. I read The House of Mirth in college and loved it, despite it having a seriously depressing ending. The American realists really took reality to a new level.
With The House of Mirth in mind, this novel really took me by surprise. It’s very different from The House of Mirth but with some of the same strains. The Glimpses of the Moon also has to do with the upper crust of New York life. Wharton condemns them in both novels for their frivolities and superficial existence. Except in The Glimpses of the Moon the end is not nearly as dire.
The Glimpses of the Moon centers on two characters, Susy and Nick. These two, both penniless, basically mooch off their wealthy friends. To continue this lifestyle they decide to get married and mooch of their friends for a year while they honeymoon in Europe. But like any good romantic comedy things go awry.
I have to say that I was really surprised with the formula of this novel. It read exactly like a romantic comedy. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, trials and tribulations ensure, boy gets girl in the end. It makes me wonder, who created this formula for romantic fiction? Perhaps Wharton herself. She was definitely innovative enough to do so.
All in all, this was a really cute novel. I enjoyed the character progression and the luxurious scenery of Europe. The novel is a bit dated and many of the couples arguments are rather insipid but it didn’t take away my enjoyment of the novel.
Stay tuned for the next installment of Book Battle 2015. Happy reading!