Xingu by Edith Wharton – Book 53

Xingu by Edith Wharton: I loved this short, classic novel.  A group of six women engage in a Lunch Club with the point of basically being as pretentious as possible.

A famous author who they have all read, all but Mrs. Roby who is the outcast of the group, comes to one of their Lunch Club meetings.  Osric Dane, the author, is so pretentious, so condescending, that she totally throws these polite, stuck up women off their game.

Mrs. Roby saves the day by bringing up the concept of Xingu, which the other women pretend to know all about but really have no clue what she is talking about.  Mrs. Roby puts Osric Dane in her place, and leaves, with Osric begging to join her.

The other women are very taken aback and begin to argue with each other about Xingu, which they still have no idea what it is.

This book is sooooo high school, it’s hilarious!  And it’s super short, so you can get through it quickly (Only 48 pages according to Goodreads).

I definitely recommend Xingu by Edith Wharton!

Have you ever faked knowledge of something to fit in?

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27 thoughts on “Xingu by Edith Wharton – Book 53

  1. Sounds fun! Faking knowledge sounds a good idea, but the likelihood of looking silly and worse than you would have otherwise is too great on most occasions, so I tend to be honest.

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    • Of course, which is kind of why this is so funny. These women are acting like high school girls, trying to exclude others from knowledge to make themselves look and feel better.

      Honesty is always the best policy, but faking it makes for a humorous story!

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  2. I think I told you before that I hadn’t read this one. But I was wrong — it is included in Roman Fever and Other Stories, and I remember thinking it was quite a hoot. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. I haven’t read it but I wanted to say you have put the picture of the Spanish cover and the illustrations are made by an illustrator called Sara Morante, who I think it’s fantastic! She also made the illustrations for a new edition of “The Watsons”, by Jane Austen (an unfinished novel) that I also liked very much.

    Here I leave you the link to my Spanish where I showed the book:
    http://fromisiblog.articulo19.com/?p=9199

    Those pictures made the read more delicious.

    Well, Wingu (in English) is free in Amazon, so I will try! 😀

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    • Oops on the cover! I just chose a book cover that was pretty, since I read the free one on my Kindle and the cover was kind of lame looking!!!

      The Jane Austen cover looks amazing. Why don’t we have that cover here in English? We totally should!!!

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  4. I was curious with the book you were telling me so I head over your page and found this post. It sounds interesting, Rebecca! I want to read it.

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  5. I have never read her (I know). Not even Age of Innocence. I have meant to read authors that are way overdue to me. This supershort book, which I have never heard of, would be nice to include in my bucket list for 2012. 🙂

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  6. An Edith Wharton book I have never read or was aware of! Sounds like it could be a fun book club book. Have you read The Age of Desire by Jenny Fields? It’s on my to-read list and I’ve read great reviews. Your thoughts…

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  8. A book I hadn’t heard of, how cool is that? I’m so glad I can download it so I’ll have it by Saturday. The perfect book to start the readathon. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of reviews on this book in the next month. Thanks! (Found your reference and blog on Twitter.)

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    • That’s the best thing about blogging, because I would never have known YOUR blog exists without you randomly finding me! 🙂

      It is the PERFECT read-a-thon book. It’s short, very humorous and satirical, and a great light read!

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