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Book #30: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Number of pages: 318

I decided to re-read this book after many years. Its a satirical novel based on society in the early 20th century, revolving around the fortunes of Lily Bart, who accumulates a lot of gambling debts and looks to solve her problems by marrying a bachelor, with her main love interest being a character called Lawrence Selden.

However, things go wrong for her when she is accused of having an affair with a married man, and she starts to fall down the social ladder.

I found this to be quite a hard book when I first read it, and the re-read was no different. The narrative style made me think of "The Great Gatsby", another difficult book that I read recently. The book feels quite long-winded and overly descriptive at times, although when I got into it, I found myself caring a lot for Lily and what happened to her, and her relationship with Selden, and whether they could possibly have a future together.

Overall, I was glad to have read it again, but it's a book that I felt I had to read very carefully to make sure I digested everything that was happening. In case you're thinking of trying this as a blind read, it's not an especially cheerful book; be prepared for a very sad ending.

Next book: The Woman Who Died a Lot (Jasper Fforde)
Tags: drama, grief, love, period fiction (20th century), satire

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