Connect and read with fellow alumni
Join in with thought provoking discussions as we discover the set texts together, moderated by a dedicated group leader who will encourage debate and suggest critical points for analysis.
The book we are currently reading, as voted for by our book club member is: The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton.
'They lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world, where the real thing was never said or done or even thought, but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs.' Edith Wharton's most famous novel, written immediately after the end of the First World War, is a brilliantly realised anatomy of New York society in the 1870s, the world in which she grew up, and from which she spent her life escaping. Newland Archer, Wharton's protagonist, charming, tactful, enlightened, is a thorough product of this society; he accepts its standards and abides by its rules but he also recognizes its limitations. His engagement to the impeccable May Welland assures him of a safe and conventional future, until the arrival of May's cousin Ellen Olenska puts all his plans in jeopardy. Independent, free-thinking, scandalously separated from her husband, Ellen forces Archer to question the values and assumptions of his narrow world. As their love for each other grows, Archer has to decide where his ultimate loyalty lies.
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Are you an alumni author?
If you have written a book which has been published in the last 12 months or is about to be released, and it is available to purchase from Blackwell's bookshop, please email us with the following information.
- Your full name
- Alumni number (or college/year of matriculation)
- Title of book
- Date of publication
- Link to book on Blackwell's website
We may feature this in our Books & Learning newsletter, submit it to the QUAD editor (Richard Lofthouse) for review or suggest for our alumni Book Club.