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The Custom of the Country
by Edith Wharton Anita Brookner

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The Custom of the Country
by Author Name Edith Wharton, Anita Brookner

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List Price:11.99
Format: Paperback, 196 x 128 x 17mm, 352pp
Publication date: 28 Sep 2006
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN-13: 9780143039709


Edith Wharton's novels of manners seem to grow in stature as time passes. Here, she draws a beautiful social climber, Undine Sprague, who is a monster of selfishness and honestly doesn't know it. Although the worlds she wants to conquer have vanished, Undine herself is amazingly recognizable. She marries well above herself twice and both times fails to recognize her husbands' strengths of character or the weakness of her own, and it is they, not she, who pay the price.