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ISBN: 1605971723
Author: Edith Wharton
Language: English
Publisher: Book Jungle (March 13, 2008)
Pages: 372
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 455
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Title: The Valley Of Decision.

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The craft is exceptional as it ever is with Wharton

The craft is exceptional as it ever is with Wharton. She did not know how to write badly in spite of her autobiographically professed modesty in the matter. As this was her first novel, we might expect to find some immaturity of style relative to later works, but it would require a sterner critic than I to say so. The Valley of Decision is not the easiest book to start, but once engaged it captivates.

Her works show the lives of people of the late nineteenth century, the times of decline in American history. In all Wharton published more than 50 books, including fiction, short stories, travel books, historical novels, and criticism. She lived in France after 1907, visiting the United States only at rare intervals.

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Something of her old ardour reappeared when she wrote of the possibility of publishing her father’s book. Her friends in Geneva, having heard of her difficulty with the Dutch publisher, had undertaken to vindicate her claims; and they had every hope that the matter would be successfully concluded. The joy of renewed activity with which this letter glowed would have communicated itself to Odo had he received it at a different time; but it came on the day of his marriage, and since then he had never written to her.

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She wrote novels of manners about the old New York society from which she came, but her attitude was consistently critical. Her irony and her satiric touches, as well as her insight into human character, continue to appeal to readers today. As a child, Wharton found refuge from the demands of her mother's social world in her father's library and in making up stories.

Odo Valsecca inherits a dukedom and is forced to choose between his personal liberal ideals and the conservatism of his family tradition. One fee. Stacks of books. Read whenever, wherever. Your phone is always with you, so your books are too – even when you’re offline. Bookmate – an app that makes you want to read.

Wharton's first novel is set in late 18th century Italy. Valsecca inherits a dukedom at a young age. During the French Revolution he had allied himself with the forces of social reform. Now he must face the tradition of feudalism, which comes with his social class. He struggles with these conflicting loyalties.

Comments:

Malara
Edith Wharton is best known for writing of a time and a place, but she also wrote fine works apart from these, notably Ethan Frome and The Valley of Decision, her first novel. The craft is exceptional as it ever is with Wharton. She did not know how to write badly in spite of her autobiographically professed modesty in the matter. As this was her first novel, we might expect to find some immaturity of style relative to later works, but it would require a sterner critic than I to say so. The Valley of Decision is not the easiest book to start, but once engaged it captivates. There is much philosophy, much mature reflection, that bespeaks Wharton's exceptional sensitivity to the currents and manners of human nature. One might well assign this book to a graduate class studying government--the essence of government--as to one pursuing literature. In this regard think The Prince. And there are Wharton's ever lovely constructions, language that is not only poetic but also wonderfully clear. It's a very good Wharton, but one apart.
Quynaus
I found The Valley of Decision a slow read. The pace might have arisen from my expectation that I would get to know the central character, Odo; and that my interests would rise and fall with his fortunes. I conclude, though, that, in writing this book, Edith Wharton had in mind more abstract considerations than the personality of the central character.

The Valley Decision, for much of its text, seems to pit religion against liberty and progress. Odo develops progressive ideas, but, when he attempts to place them in operation, the human condition (including prejudice, inertia, and ignorance) blocks him at every turn. Religion, at least in the form of Christianity, earns a better name by the end of the book.

I rate this a slow but worthwhile read.
Coirad
There is a later novel by this title set in 19th-20th Century America by Marcia Davenport--made into a film at MGM in 1945. However, this novel is about an Italian man coming of age in the late 18th Century and becoming the duke of the small northern state where he was born. The language is often difficult--calling for visits to a dictionary--but the content is surprisingly up-to-date, even for these times.
It's an early novel by Wharton, published in 1902, and will stay with the literate reader--well worth the investment in time!
Urtte
This cautionary tale is set in 18th century Italy when whispers of revolution against the privileged nobles swept Europe and escalated to action, but this is no Prince of Foxes adventure in cheerful chicanery. In this book the reader remains focused on the struggling heart of one child of the corrupt arsitocracy as the tides of fate and intrigue propel him toward his destiny. The writing in this dense novel is challenging in its complexity. The reader is challenged to stay afloat by the tantalizing reveal what choices the Valley of Decision will weigh.
Onath
Wharton was out of her element when she wrote this vast, long, second novel concerning the childhood and young adulthood of an Italian duke. The duke sides with the new free-thinkers who want to improve conditions for the poor by sweeping away ignorance and superstition, but this means sweeping away the Church, which is completely entrenched in the lives of all Italians, rich and poor, a formidable obstacle. The book is interesting, but vastly over-written, and at times, rather boring. It is however interesting to observe Wharton's knowledge of and fascination with the period - her forte was New York society. This particular edition runs only 174 pages due to extremely tiny print. If you have difficulty reading small print, do not buy this particular edition, but seek out another.
Doukree
I expected a better story from Edith Wharton. I wasn't sure what she wanted to say. Perhaps her object was to detail the events and notables in Italy during the 1700's. However, the plot of her story was very slow moving and her main character Odo almost seemed to be observing the events rather than taking a part in it.
Doomwarden
Not the book, I believe it to be. It was a bit interesting.
A less well known work by this major author. Enlightened policies defeated by reactionary forces. I read the second part before the first because the library didn't indicate online that there were two volumes or which was which. Second volume was so good that the first was then a letdown.

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