Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Summer by Edith Wharton

"Never had her ignorance of life and literature so weighed on her as in reliving the short scene of her discomfiture. "It's no use trying to be anything in this place," she muttered to her pillow; and she shrivelled at the vision of vague metropolises, shining super-Netteltons, where girls in better clothes than Belle Balch's talked fluently of architecture to young men with hands like Lucius Harney's. Then she remembered his sudden pause when he had come close to the desk and had his first look at her."

by Edith Wharton
page 78

Summer is a wonderful book that has been referred to as 'Hot Ethan'. Today I will begin a reread of Ethan Frome and see if I agree.

21 comments:

  1. I keep thinking I need to go back and read Wharton again. It's been years.

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  2. What Amy said! Lovely teaser.

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  3. Wonderful - oh how many secrets have pillows heard over the centuries?

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  4. Interesting! I have never read anything by Wharton. The language is rich. My teaser is from Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel. Happy reading!

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  5. Great teaser and I was thinking the same thing as Amy and Beth F as I was reading it!

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  6. Ooh, this looks very tempting. Love that cover, too.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  7. Enjoy reading Summer! Nice teaser from the book. Here's mine.

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  8. What a wonderful teaser, just a great way of phrasing things.

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  9. I've loved everything I've read by her. I hope you're enjoying the book! My teaser is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  10. What a lovely teaser! I'm really tempted to make this my next Wharton.

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  11. This is one I've always meant to read. Maybe there's still time to add it to my summer reading list. Thanks for the lovely teaser!

    My teaser

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  12. awww, i love it!! i might have to pick up a wharton book!!

    Here's my teaser!!

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  13. I had never heard the comparison between Ethan Frome and Summer, but I have read both, so now I have to think about it!

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  14. You really make me want to read her...

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  15. I loved Ethan Frome...this one sounds equally intriguing!!

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  16. I've never read Wharton but this sounds promising!

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  17. Wharton writes so elegantly. This is the perfect quote.

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  18. I have this book in my piles somewhere. I loved Ethan Frome so I'll have to make sure to read this.

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  19. Just the other night at book club two men were talking about how much they hated Ethan Frome. I nearly choked on my cookie. They read it 30 years ago in high school and still hate it, despite not having read it as an adult. I was incredulous and tried to convince them to read it again. Sometimes I think requiring young people to read classics might be a mistake.

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  20. Thomas - There are so many people that 'hate' a book (or classics in general) because of bad experiences in high school! My 17 year old daughter is struggling with The Awakening now, but I'll bet she loves it in 20 years. I just downloaded an audio version of Ethan Frome - my next reread will be a listen!

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