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Edith Wharton
Nabu Press (April 4, 2010)
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It was published by D. Appleton & Company. It concerns a romance between a widow and her former lover.

It was published by D. The novel takes place in Paris and rural France, but primarily features American characters. In a letter to Bernard Berenson in November 1912, Wharton expressed regret regarding her novel, calling it a poor miserable lifeless lump.

BOOK I. I. "Unexpected obstacle. She spoke of him with a kind of impersonal seriousness, as if hehad been a character in a novel or a figure in history; and what shesaid sounded as though it had been learned by heart and slightly dulledby repetition. This fact immensely increased Darrow's impression thathis meeting with her had annihilated the intervening years.

Wharton drew upon her insider's knowledge of the upper class New York "aristocracy" to realistically portray the lives and morals of the Gilded Age. She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1996.

Set in Paris and rural France, the plot revolves around the romance of widow and her former lover. A gripping tale of jealousy and betrayal, "The Reef" is not to be missed by fans and collectors of Wharton's fantastic work.

Her major works include The House of Mirth (1905), Ethan Frome (1911), The Custom of the Country (1913) and The Age of Innocence (1920), for which she received the Pulitzer Prize, the first awarded to a woman.

She was educated by private tutors and governesses at home and in Europe, where the family resided. Library of Congress, Washington, .

The book offers a piercingly insightful look into a complicated family dynamic that stems from the intertwined relationships of several generations of star-crossed lovers.

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In this novel, as in many of Wharton’s other well known novels, we see the eternal love triangle. With her sly and lovely writing style, Wharton delivers to us in this wonderful novel a cast of unforgettable characters and many unforgettable scenes which we can vividly imagine. What would Darrow choose: success or love? Would Anna marry him despite his affair with Sophy? (Summary by Stav Nisser. First Page: THE REEF. BOOK I.

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  • Rageseeker
Little-known work with a squirrelly ending. Nevertheless, like all of Edith Wharton's work, it was engaging from beginning to end. My take was that it was an exploration of the consequences of premarital sex in the late Gilded Age. Though the references to sexual relations were oblique, to say the least, I think Wharton got the point across that she was talking about "knowing "someone in a biblical sense. However, she couldn't make up her mind about what moral lesson she was trying to convey. She might've run herself into a rat hole and not been able to decide herself. And some of the ideas in the book were highly conventional and annoying, but true to the spirit of the age. For example, Wharton placed far less emphasis on the loss of the woman's virtue because she was not an upper-class woman anyway. Instead she concentrated on the social consequences for a man who engages in premarital relations with a woman from a lower social order and the effect it may have on a prospective upper class bride if it becomes known to her. But in the end, it seems that Wharton couldn't work out what she thought the consequences should be. She seems to be leaning towards saying that an upper-class woman might accept the past sexual dalliances of her future husband, but it would negatively affect the quality of their marriage forever, especially if the dalliance occurred no long before the betrothal. Actually, the consequences might be the same today.

Wharton was a specially brave for taking on this topic during her time. She's a great writer with a lot to say and the stories she uses to make her points are always special.
  • Ariseym
The large size and normal print take some getting used to but I have found books in this format to be very handy to slip into a back pack for travel.
  • Lanionge
Enchanting and engrossing story telling. Effortless perspective changes. Vivid descriptions of mood and place. Great read.
  • sliver
As always, Wharton is excellent. She is playing with themes already introduced in The House of Mirth but to a far different end. The concluding chapter is unexpected and a bit curious.
  • Kerdana
This was a beautiful read. Perhaps the most similar in style of all Wharton's books to works by Henry James, this psychological exploration of human sexual relationships and their consequences is arresting, thought-provoking and fascinating. I highly recommend this book to disciplined readers.
  • Hulis
Very well written. Timeless. You can read it several times over the years and it always has been discoveries. Edith Wharton's finest.
  • Zonama
Ethan Fromme was my first read, and I've been hooked since then on her works. I have all her books now.
This is a very strange format for an Edith Wharton novel--no publication date, no biographical information, many typographical errors. In addition, the cover has nothing to do with the novel.

The novel itself is not up to Wharaton's standards with a very strange ending that seems almost as though it was tacked on at the last minute.