Review From User :
This book is amazing! The only thing that ruined it for me was that I had watched the movie, which doesn't give this book an ounce of justice. I think that they completely mis-cast this movie, except for the part of Bertha Dorset, the antagonist. Otherwise, Selden and Lily Bart are completely wrong; and I couldn't get my conceptions of them completely out of my head as I tried to fill my head with the real characters that Edith Wharton wanted you to see.
Not only were the characters wrong, they had a really hard time telling the story in the movie and they even got the end wrong.
If you are in the mood for a good tragedy, this book would be my recommendation.
A searing, shocking tale of women as consumer items in a man’s world, The House of Mirth sees Lily Bart, beautiful and charming, living among the wealthy families of New York City but reluctant to finally commit herself to a husband. In her search for freedom and the happiness she feels she deserves, Lily is ultimately ruined by scandal.
Edith Wharton’s shattering novel created controversy on its publication in 1905 with its scathing portrayal of the world’s wealthy and the prison that marriage can become.