Glimpses of the Moon

The Glimpses of the Moon

The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Not one of her best, but reading a Wharton novel has never been a waste of time for me. I love her way with words and the world of the idle rich – a world that feckless couple Nick and Susy Lansing hang on to by their fingernails – is well realised. Beautiful evocative descriptions of some of my favourite places in Europe, Como, Venice, Paris…

I did have to re-calibrate my imagination part way through as this book is set in the 1920s.

I had problems with two things.

This is a romance based on The Big (or in this case Almost Endless) Misunderstanding I’m pretty much over this trope, even in the hands of a literary genius.

The other is the character (although that seems too strong a word) of Nick. Nick seems happy to be a human sponge, yet cavils at the way Susy “manages.” Apparently the whole of High Society should be glad to support the two of them for the pleasure of their company!

As ridiculous as Nick’s views are, they are sincere. When he leaves Susy is when the book starts to go down hill and I finished it with some impatience. A judicious pruning could have turned it into an excellent novella.

Favourite quote: It had evidently not occurred to her as yet that those who consent to share the bread of adversity may want the whole cake of prosperity for themselves.

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