September 12, 2008

looks like a good train ride to me

The Age of Innocence has been my train reading for the last few weeks, and this week I finished it. I haven't read much Edith Wharton in the past, but her descriptions are delicious.

How wonderful to read something for the pleasure of reading's sake. That, I think, is my criteria for a good novel (or poem or play, for that matter): It should stand up to analysis, but it must be enjoyed, whether analyzed or not.

Read anything good lately?

2 comments:

Karima said...

hi! i'm struggling through moby dick right now, but reading the age of innocence seems like a lovely way to spend train rides and will go on my must-read list. i enjoyed coppola's film very much. the house of mirth film adaption moved me too, have you read that?

Kelly said...

Karima: I haven't seen the film adaptations of Wharton's works, but I would like to read House of Mirth. Wharton really has renewed my somewhat slacking faith in American novelists. I'd love to hear your suggestions as well!