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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

In early-20th-century Morocco, the situation was an anomalous one – fluidity in the desert. France had steadily increased its power and influence in a nation that had long resisted the encroachment of Western powers, and Morocco’s location on the south side of the Straits of Gibraltar had made the c

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

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

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