The Custom of the Country Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature, Edith Wharton stands among the finest writers of early 20th-century America. In The Custom of the Country, Wharton’s scathing social commentary is on full display through the beautiful and manipulative Undine Spragg. When Undine convinces her nouveau riche parents to move to New York, she quickly injects herself into high society. But even a well-to-do husband isn’t enough for Undine, whose overwhelming lust for wealth proves to be her undoing.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 6 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 23, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#37,209 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#1,095 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,532 in Classic Literature & Fiction
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I plan to read other works by Ms Wharton later this year now that I have read CoC.
No one knows how to draw characters better than Wharton. Her artistry got me to stay with these unlikeable people to the end. What kept me going was waiting for the train wreck Undine seemed to be making of her life to finally occur...wondering how many people she could lure aboard and ruin, along with herself.
I think "The House of Mirth" is Wharton's best novel; its heroine Lily Bart is a study in how few choices American women had in its era (1905). You root for Lily, even though you know she's doomed in such a society. Undine is a more timeless woman. Gorgeous women can still trade on their looks and ambition to marry a Donald Trump, (though a total self-centered disregard for others would seldom be so strongly embedded in one person as it is in Undine). Beautiful women who snare a billionaire are no longer ruined by divorcing him today: they're set up for life! To see how Undine tried to work around divorce in her era, I had to keep going to the last page. There, I found one of the finest (and one of the saddest) last sentences in fiction.