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05-24-2005, 06:07 PM
When I saw the film some 8 years ago I considered it one the the best films I had ever seen and promised myself I would read the book sometime. <br><br>I finally got round to reading the book over Christmas and could hardly put it down. Wharton's insight into WASP society in late 19th century USA is wonderful. All the characters are extremely well depicted as are the houses, gardens and social gatherings. While it must have been very claustrophobic to live in such a society it was also safe and structured. Would I like to live as a wealthy woman then - I am not so sure.