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The Glimpses of the Moon

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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.

Rating: 4/5

Stay tuned for the next installment of Book Battle 2015. Happy reading!

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Classic Romance

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Next up in Book Battle 2015 is a classic romance. I had a really hard time with this category because all I could think about was Pride and Prejudice, my favorite classic romance which I’ve read far too many times. I had to move myself away from Austen and delve deeper into the genre. It was by chance that I found Edith Wharton’s The Glimpses of the Moon. I actually saw the book at a local bookstore and loved the cover. Upon reading the back I decided that it would do.

The novel is about a young couple who decide to marry each other in order to mooch off their wealthy friends during their honeymoon. They make a pact that after a year they can decide to move their separate ways if they no longer wish to be together. I’m sure trials and tribulations will separate them for awhile but predict that they will stay together at the end of the novel. But we shall see. Wharton is known for some quite tragic endings, particularly Lily Bart.

Stay tuned for the full review of The Glimpses of the Moon. Happy reading!