Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Innocents by Francesca Segal

I received this as an Advanced Reading copy from LibraryThing.com.  It is a retelling of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The Age of Innocence" reset in a modern-day North London Jewish neighborhood. Adam Newman is newly engaged to the beautiful, ideal, Rachel Gilbert when Rachel's wild younger cousin Ellie Schneider moves back to London from her wild, controversial life in New York City.  Adam finds himself drawn to Ellie in ways he cannot define.  He spends many hours dreaming of a life with Ellie, instead of Rachel.

While I must say that Adam did not seem to be quite the ‘insipid ass’ that Newland Archer was in “The Age of Innocence”, he still was not a character to whom I felt any affection and maybe that is the point.  “The Innocents” tells the story of a people with seemingly everything going for them, yet still they are not happy with what they have.  Ellie represents freedom from Adam’s traditional lifestyle. 
3 Stars (Rated PG)

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