*Warning there will be spoilers. If you do not want to know the end, do not read.
The Age of Innocence is my 8th book in my Back to the Classics Challenge under the category of Classic by a Woman Author. I was greatly surprised by this book and honestly enjoyed it, mostly because of how thought provoking it was and the ability to identify with the three major characters. The writing style was very clear and easy to understand in spite of when it was written. I liked not having to reread every other sentence trying to figure out what was going on.
This story is such a good look at what goes on in humanity and society as a whole. You have those who expect everything to be a certain way and will move heaven and earth to make it so. Then there are those who are different and do not care they are different. And finally those who want to be different and yet seek to find that middle ground to make everyone happy. It is the conflict of the soul that is so well presented in this book and that conflict that I believe most people can identify with. Though I was not happy with some of the things that took place, it is a great book to see how humanity really is. I was thinking throughout this book and will probably continue to think and evaluate myself from interactions and thoughts shared in this book. What made it even better is that the main character did not get what he wanted in the end. The sad part is that he fell into the all common trap, fantasy is better than reality.
4 stars for this classic.