Friday, June 23, 2006
If you want to read more books like Ethan Frome...
Most of the novels Edith Wharton wrote deal with people who are stifled by the conventions of their time. Two most notable are The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. I must admit I have read neither - but I have seen the movie The Age of Innocence and it was quite good. And as any high school freshman knows - seeing the movie is the exact same as reading the book. Right?
[Of course not! You miss nuances! And you think you know everything and then when you try to write your essay you get caught up in how dreamy Liam Neeson looks and how Patricia Arquette seems stupid somehow and why is Joan Allen's face always so pointy? And then when you read the book, it seems weird. I am referring to the movie of Ethan Frome here which may be very very different from the book...]
Henry James is often mentioned in the same breath as Edith Wharton - he might be a writer you would like as well.