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The Long Run

Edith Wharton

Book Overview: 

A wealthy bachelor businessman looks back on the romance that he fumbled with a beautiful married woman he and his college buddy both had crushes on when younger.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .All right Good-bye." Half through the door he paused to add:—"She remembers you. You ought to speak to her."

"I'm going to. But tell me a little more." I thought I saw a shade of constraint on his face, and did not add, as I had meant to: "Tell me—because she interests me—what wore her down?" Instead, I asked: "How soon after Trant's death did she remarry?"

He seemed to make an effort of memory. "It was seven years ago, I think."

"And is Reardon here to-night?"

"Yes; over there, talking to Mrs. Cumnor."

I looked across the broken groupings and saw a large glossy man with straw-coloured hair and a red face, whose shirt and shoes and complexion seemed all to have received a coat of the same expensive varnish.

As I looked there was a drop in the talk about us, and I heard Mr. Reardon pronounce in a big booming voice: "What I say is: what's the good of disturbing things? Thank the Lord, I'm c. . . Read More

Community Reviews

If six months seemed like a long time a year seems like eternity, and a whole goddamned year is how long it will be before I'm allowed to travel. So what did I do? I started reading about Edith Wharton's trip to Morocco, or rather, what I thought would be an account of Edith Wharton's trip to Morocc

Edith Wharton travels to Morocco--a place without a published travel guide--in 1917. She describes her travels, providing background for sites visited and adding colorful bits of Moroccan life. She mentions remarks by guides at several sites. At the close of the book she provides a brief history of

I have been interested in this part of the world for some time...I have always been something of a romantic, devouring the works of Paul Bowles ,long time resident of Morocco.. and following the adventures of intrepid female travellers; Gertrude Bell, Isabelle Eberhardt, Freya Stark. so I was thorou

I chose Edith Wharton's In Morocco as part of my Around the World in 80 Books challenge. I am planning to visit Morocco later this year, so was particularly excited to read Wharton's travelogue. In 1917, she travelled around much of the country, reporting her findings of both setting and culture in

I won't lie to you. I didn't enjoy this. I feel like I was supposed to, but I didn't.

Wharton's vocabulary and personal knowledge are positively overwhelming. It's actually ridiculous how much she casually knows about art, history, architecture, genealogy, culture, music, urban planning, religion. He

4 MAR 2016 - cover love!

This is a better synopsis: In 1917, amid the turmoil of World War I, Edith Wharton, the author of The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth, travelled to Morocco. A classic of travel writing, In Morocco is her account of this journey through the country's cities and throug

A very poignant story for me personally because it mirrors an event from earlier in my life, a choice, a path to choose or not to choose. As in Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken, two roads diverge, and we never know which to take, how things will turn out, only in the "long run".

Some fascinating vignettes, especially her harem visits. Also interesting to see the colonial mindset of the period being reflected in real time, as it were. For each interesting detail, there is a political or racial view that will make the modern reader cringe. (Or I should say this modern reader

Before I say anything else: yes, it's hopelessly dated, plagued by colonialist trope, and and very much 'of its time.'

That having been said, I gave this five stars because:

1. When I myself am writing, I find myself tending toward opinion first rather than just describing what is there. So art school

Edith Wharton wrote 22 novels, many groups of short stories, some poetry, and several works of non-fiction on interior design, architecture, and travel guide books. In Morocco falls into the travel catagory as it documents her 1917 trip through parts of Morroco, traveling with a French General in a

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