Twilight Sleep

by Edith Wharton

Paperback, 1997

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Scribner (1997), Edition: Reissue, 318 pages


Out of print for several decades, here is Edith Wharton's superb satirical novel of the Jazz Age, a critically praised best-seller when it was first published in 1927. Sex, drugs, work, money, infatuation with the occult and spiritual healing -- these are the remarkably modern themes that animate Twilight Sleep. The extended family of Mrs. Manford is determined to escape the pain, boredom and emptiness of life through whatever form of "twilight sleep" they can devise or procure. And though the characters and their actions may seem more in keeping with today's society, this is still a classic Wharton tale of the upper crust and its undoing -- wittily, masterfully told.

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LibraryThing member gbelik
This is one of Edith Wharton's later novels (1927, I believe). It's very polished and full of wonderful observations about the time period, class, locale. Her books seem to me to resonate with the time they were written, but also to be so astute about human nature that they speak to our time too.
LibraryThing member jenngv
I give up. I'm not impressed.
LibraryThing member amanda4242
Wharton's a dab hand with the Gilded Age, but this take on the Jazz Age comes off as a pale imitation of Evelyn Waugh.




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