Well, true to my promise, I’m going ahead with The House of Mirth Read-Along which will run from November 1 – December 15th. I’m giving everyone a little extra time for the read, hoping that: 1) it will give me a gentler transition from The Art of Loving Read-Along and allow me more time to create my posts and; 2) spread the read-along out for participants so they can fit some Christmas books into the mix. I hope it works.
So far The House of Mirth is my favourite Edith Wharton novel and would probably make my top ten classics list. Wharton makes her usual commentary on society at the turn of the century, but in this book does it in a way that is not only effective but creative. Lily Bart, the main character in The House of Mirth is, in my opinion, one of the most expertly drawn characters in literary fiction. This will be my second reading of the novel and the first time I was quite surprised at the different path Wharton took. I’m interested now to explore second impressions.
Schedule for Reading:
Nov 1 – 8 Book I, Chapters I – IV
Nov 9 – 15 Book I, Chapters V – IX
Nov 16 – 22 Book I, Chapters X – XIV
Nov 23 – 29 Book I, Chapters XV – Book II, Chapter III
Nov 30 – Dec 6 Book II, Chapters IV – VIII
Dec 7 – 15 Book II, Chapters IX – end
So if you’d like to join us, please let me know in the comments below. Come along and enjoy the ride!