The Innocents

The Innocents

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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In a small, tight-knit Jewish suburb of London, one young man's pre-wedding panic illuminates the universal conflict between responsibility and passion.
Publisher: New York : Voice / Hyperion, c2012
ISBN: 9781401341817
Branch Call Number: SEGA
Characteristics: 282 p. ; 25 cm

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LPL_MollyW Jan 22, 2016

Though my favorite Edith Wharton novel is "The Custom of the Country", I do love "The Age of Innocence" - and Segal pays great homage to it in this re-imagining. By moving the story to modern times and setting it in Jewish North London, Segal managed to make it entirely her own but still construct a believable world with the tight-knit social circle and community expectations that are the foundation for the original novel’s conflict. She brings her own brand of biting humor, elegant writing, and flawed but compelling characters to this story of duty, honor, love, and passion.

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jess09icat
Mar 01, 2014

Thoroughly unexpected enjoyment, can't wait for her next novel. Really enjoyed learning about the culture of celebrations in the Jewish nation.

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KarenW
Sep 10, 2013

A clever retelling of Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence, but not with the same brilliance. Wit and characterization are center stage in a story that asks the same questions about relationships in a modern setting. But really do we need to have everything made modern to understand what is timeless?

hgeng63 Jun 24, 2012

Disappointing; too lightweight. Good London Jewish background, though.

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