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December 29, 2006



Do you have your library on Library Thing yet?

John Thomas McGuire

I have read and enjoyed both "The Age of Innocence" and "The House of Mirth." Wharton possesses a dry, ironic style which proves very accessible (much better, in my opinion, than the so-called "Master," Henry James.) I was not too impressed with "Ethan Frome," however. A bit too sentimental.


Respectfully disagree JTM; "Ethan Frome" is brutal and wonderful and mocks sentimentality.


Also, I didn't know that rats enjoyed books.

Sherry Early

Rats that only eat Wharton? I really don't want to know.


The rats actually ate quite a few of the books I had picked up in high school and college--most of the stuff I left behind when I went to Chicago died a grisly death. (Silverfish also helped.) Incidentally, the rats also ate Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind; in fact, they carefully avoided every other book in that box. Not sure about the larger significance of that...

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