Hudson River Bracketed

Hudson River Bracketed

by Edith Wharton

Halo Spear is a brilliant, accomplished young woman who introduces Vance to literature and they form a deep bond, which flourishes and endures despite the hardships of Vance's life, the disappointments of Halo's - and their respective marriages.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.80
  • Pages: 536
  • Publish Date: October 1st 1985 by Scribner Book Company
  • Isbn10: 0684184931
  • Isbn13: 9780684184937

What People Think about "Hudson River Bracketed"

I found the love story between Vance and the other protagonist, Halo Spear, to be perfectly written. Nevertheless, in the end we get hope - which is rare in Wharton novels.

Ils sont avant tout profondément humains et, même si certains de leurs défauts auraient pu me les rendre antipathiques, c'est avec un sourire au lèvre que je pense à Halo et Vance.

I love Dreiser and Gissing and Lewis, so this kind of middle ground novel, not quite what it aspires to be, is right up my alley.

"As for Mr. Spear, his daughter knew that he had simply never seen the view at all; his eyes had never been still long enough. But he had read of it in verse and prose; he talked of it with vivacity and emotion; he knew the attitude to strike...while the others gazed, saying 'The poets have sung us, as you know...' "As for Heloise's brother Lorry who sat extended in the hollow of a canvas chair, his handsome contemptuous head tilted back, and his feet on the verandah rail, Lorry, the fool, could see the view when he chose, and out of sheer perversity and posing, wouldn't -- and that was worst of all, to his sister's thinking.

While there are moments in this longest of Wharton's novels that show off her genius and her fine eye for the intricacies of social custom, they are too few and far-between. This characteristic of the novel was so painful to me that this is one of the few works by Wharton that I was tempted (several times) to give up reading.

Vance is an innocent abroad in New York, where his first published work is hugely successful, setting him up, of course, for a fall., While Vance's career struggles are important In the story, his relationships with other characters are just as important and, for me, the best part of the book. His wife, Laura Lou, whom he marries in haste and regrets at leisure, is a lovely but limited girl.

After reading this novel I had to wonder if the book was some form of cathartic process that Wharton put herself through in an effort to fan the flames of her own creative genius.

The artist late in life Wharton writing about the developing artist Vancein his youth. Often self-indulgent, often compelling; here is a look inside the mind and soul of Wharton.

What I did like a lot was Wharton's depiction of the writing life, of its frustrations and inspirations.

Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses." The youngest of three children, Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and, upon the family's return to the United States, enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport, Rhode Island. Wharton's first major novel, The House of Mirth, published in 1905, enjoyed considerable literary success. The Age of Innocence, a novel about New York in the 1870s, earned Wharton the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1921 -- the first time the award had been bestowed upon a woman.