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The Custom of the Country

Edith Wharton

From New York to Europe, the apartments of the nouveau riche to ancient French estates, Edith Wharton tells the story of Undine Spragg, a girl from a Midwestern town with unquenchable social aspirations. Though Undine is narcissistic, pampered, and incredibly selfish, she is a beguiling heroine whose marital initiation into New York high society from its trade-wealthy fringes is only the beginning of her relentless ambitions. Wharton weaves an elaborate plot that renders a detailed depiction of upper-class social behavior in the early twentieth century. By utilizing a character with inexorable greed in a novel of manners, she demonstrates some of the customs of a modern age and posits a surprising explanation for divorce and the social role of women, which still resonates for the modern audience today.

From New York to Europe, the apartments of the nouveau riche to ancient French estates, Edith Wharton tells the story of Undine Spragg, a girl from a Midwestern town with unquenchable social aspirations. Though Undine is narcissistic, pampered, and incredibly selfish, she is a beguiling heroine whose marital initiation into New York high society from its trade-wealthy fringes is only the beginning of her relentless ambitions. Wharton weaves an elaborate plot that renders a detailed depiction of upper-class social behavior in the early twentieth century. By utilizing a character with inexorable greed in a novel of manners, she demonstrates some of the customs of a modern age and posits a surprising explanation for divorce and the social role of women, which still resonates for the modern audience today.
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From New York to Europe, the apartments of the nouveau riche to ancient French estates, Edith Wharton tells the story of Undine Spragg, a girl from a Midwestern town with unquenchable social aspirations. Though Undine is narcissistic, pampered, and incredibly selfish, she is a beguiling heroine whose marital initiation into New York high society from its trade-wealthy fringes is only the beginning of her relentless ambitions. Wharton weaves an elaborate plot that renders a detailed depiction of upper-class social behavior in the early twentieth century. By utilizing a character with inexorable greed in a novel of manners, she demonstrates some of the customs of a modern age and posits a surprising explanation for divorce and the social role of women, which still resonates for the modern audience today.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lorna Raver

Length:

16h 21m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

25:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

34:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

20:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

28:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:16


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

30:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

29:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

41:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

33:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

34:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

27:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

23:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

14:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

18:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:07


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:56


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

23:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:05


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

21:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

24:29


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

21:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

17:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

18:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

13:08


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

15:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

17:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

16:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

31:36