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Xingu By Edith Wharton,

  • Title: Xingu
  • Author: Edith Wharton
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  • Page: 489
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Mrs Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet alone To this end she had founded the Lunch Club, an association composed of herself and several other indomitable huntresses of erudition The Lunch Club, after three or four winters of lunching and debate, had acquired such local distinction that the entertainment of disMrs Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet alone To this end she had founded the Lunch Club, an association composed of herself and several other indomitable huntresses of erudition The Lunch Club, after three or four winters of lunching and debate, had acquired such local distinction that the entertainment of distinguished strangers became one of its accepted functions in recognition of which it duly extended to the celebrated Osric Dane, on the day of her arrival in Hillbridge, an invitation to be present at the next meeting.
    Xingu Mrs Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands as though it were dangerous to meet alone To this end she had founded the Lunch Club an association composed of herself and several oth

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    1. I read Edith Wharton s Xingu with a group of women who call themselves the Enchanted readers breakfast club We have decided to discuss short stories over coffee Having never been exposed to Edith Wharton before and desiring a variety of women authors for my women s history month lineup, I decided to join them In thirty two short pages, Wharton offers a social commentary on the education and social awareness of upper class society women During this era, as in Wharton s case, the sole purpose of w [...]

    2. Her mind was an hotel where facts came and went like transient lodgers, without leaving their address behind, and frequently without paying for their board This short story by Edith Wharton is priceless I spent an entertaining morning alternately reading, drinking coffee, and discussing bits and pieces of this with my own breakfast club on line In this book, Wharton introduces us to the Lunch Club Any member of a book club will most definitely appreciate this one I m sure you will recognize a pe [...]

    3. Hah Very amusing satire about a very pretentious women s book club Brilliant denouement.This short story can be read for free on line at gutenberg files 24131

    4. 5 What an absolute treat of a short story Anyone who s ever felt like an awkward peasant among self proclaimed literati will love this Mad Hatter s Tea Party of a book club Mrs Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet alone To this end she founded the Lunch Club, an association composed of herself and several other huntresses of erudition The ladies are meeting in one of the lesser homes, awaiting the author of their current book discussion [...]

    5. At the beginning, I thought Wharton s writing pretentious But as I proceeded with this short story I saw how the writing style complemented her theme And by the end I was smiling broadly Wharton has portrayed her characters eloquently and in the end, it was they who were pretentious.My favorite quote Her mind was an hotel where facts came and went like transient lodgers, without leaving their addresses behind, and frequently without paying their board.

    6. The Lunch club is expecting a guest for their next meeting, a famous author Everyone is all atwitter over the prospect, except perhaps newest member Mrs Roby I can understand that, with all your other pursuits, you should not find much time for reading but I should have thought you might at least have got up The Wings of Death before Osric Dane s arrival Mrs Roby took this rebuke good humouredly She had meant, she owned, to glance through the book but she had been so absorbed in a novel of Troll [...]

    7. Not quite a novella and yet than a short story, Xingu is a witty and humorous look at pomposity, snobbery, and the inclination to derive worth from someone other than self It was a bundle of satirical fun that made me laugh, while shaking my head and protesting to myself that I have met these people If you have ever met someone who throws around big words in an effort to appear intellectual, but never bothers to know the ACTUAL meaning of them, thus betraying themselves, you cannot help enjoyin [...]

    8. What a wicked little satire Wharton portrays a ladies literary meeting with tongue firmly in cheek as the ladies welcome a popular author whose work intimidates them They wish to seem educated and up to date, but they haven t read the author s books Mrs Dane, the popular author, sits down to her coffee and asks the ladies what their opinion of Xingu is But what is Xingu

    9. A must read and a quick one for fans of Edith Wharton This one shows of her humorous side and anyone in a book club would appreciate.

    10. Edith Wharton wrote this story at the turn of the 20th century about bourgeois women from the backwater of Hillbridge however, it s sentiment is true for any age and for any but the largest American metropolises A case study in snobbery with the most satisfying ending.

    11. This is an excellent short story about a pompous group of lunching ladies who have dedicated themselves to culture and literature and the like It s humorous because the women pretend they know than they do and will have entire conversations professing opinions on topics they know nothing about This story has cemented Edith Wharton as one of my favorite American writers.

    12. Timeless satire on the pretentiousness of humans A 1900 s book club has invited a celebrated author into their midst to discuss her literary offering Caught up in their one upmanship, they make fools of themselves As they attempt to discuss a topic Xingu of which they have no clue, hilarity ensues.A previous reviewer likens this group to the high school cliques we all are so familiar with And I cannot think of a better description Edith Wharton nailed it This is part of a collection of her work [...]

    13. This short story by Edith Wharton is my first experience with her True to what I have heard of her, her works involves a strong social commentary on the society at her time She has picked up the theme of a lunch club formed by some upper society ladies to serve as an abstract group to expose the level of education and ignorance of the women of high society at her time There is satire throughout the story on the pretentious display of intellect of these high society ladies, thus revealing the poo [...]

    14. I really enjoyed this short story of a ladies group that gets together for enriching, cultural talks But while entertaining a distinguished guest author, the ladies get into a discussion that leads to an entanglement of words and conversation while trying to sound educated about Xingu, of which none of them has ever heard This is a very entertaining story, and I found myself laughing out loud It is also a reminder about not trying to sound like a know it all it might get you into trouble

    15. Miss Van Vluyck adjusted her spectacles as though they were the black cap of condemnation Wonderful satirical short exposing the intellectual pretentiousness that exists within a ladies lunch club.

    16. How fun it was to watch the ladies Lunch Club in action, and enjoy the unraveling of this clever plot The best part was Edith Wharton s trademark descriptive similes peppered throughout, which may have stood out in this short story than they do in her novels.Just a few of my favorites whose manner of putting forth an opinion was like that of an obliging salesman with a variety of other styles to submit if his first selection does not suit Mrs Leveret felt like a passenger on an ocean steamer wh [...]

    17. Che si fondino Lunch Club per raccogliere cacciatrici di erudizione che inseguono la Cultura in gruppo quasi fosse pericoloso affrontarla da sola , o s invitino le Orsic Dane di turno, scrittrici dall ego espanso e dal dubbio talento oppure si levino in coro le voci delle varie signore e signorine Ballinger, Plinth, Glyde, Van Vluyck, Leveret in vuoti discorsi e insulsi commenti, finch esister una Fanny Roby che dichiara candidamente d aver appena letto Trollope ma nessun opera della scrittrice [...]

    18. Brilliant This was so clever and unexpected I would not have picked it up I don t think had my newly formed Breakfast Club book club within The Reading for Pleasure Book Club chosen it for a short story I am still thinking about it It was just fun The group chat made it even fun, tho I have not read much of Edith Wharton Now, after this, I do want to add titles by her Again clever she was I highly recommend it for those that like short stories and some playfulness Have it with a cuppa and get [...]

    19. What a satire What a laugh riot Xingu is a social satire based upon a bunch of pretentious, self praising ladies who are the members of one Lunch Club in a place called Hillbridge On an uneventful day, they invite an author Osric Dane to attend their meet and address them What follows is a rip roaring laughter riot Read it Thank you Srividya for recommending this book I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT PS The lunch club meetings reminded me the meetings of American Guild of Architects in The Fountainhead, m [...]

    20. Free download available at Project GutenbergOpening lines Mrs Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet alone To this end she had founded the Lunch Club, an association composed of herself and several other indomitable huntresses of erudition The Lunch Club, after three or four winters of lunching and debate, had acquired such local distinction that the entertainment of distinguished strangers became one of its accepted functions in recogniti [...]

    21. Very funny, especially if you imagine it in a modern book discussion group setting I found that there is always one expert , who has to say her views first and will dispute yours if they differ and there is another person who came for the discussion and the snacks, didn t read the book, but does have a definite opinion about it.

    22. Hilarious Highly recommended.A brilliant satire on book clubs and ladies clubs by Edith Wharton that has you laughing as you read This was my first by the author and I must say that I am looking forward to reading by her.

    23. An absolute gem Edith Wharton focuses her wry sense of humor on a pretentious women s book club I chuckled my way through this delightful romp and found myself rooting for Mrs Roby who could easily have stepped out of one of Georgette Heyer s novels and into Xingu just in time to leave some pseudo intellectuals wondering, What just happened here I am thinking of Sophy Stanton Lacy of course, otherwise known as The Grand Sophy Xingu is sure to be a hit with any bluestocking, in fact, it s a must [...]

    24. I wouldn t normally rate a short story by itself away from the collection , but this one is hilarious just genuinely funny as snobby lunch club ladies get hoodwinked, but also funny in its biting criticism of, well, literary criticism and the way we read, interpret, approach, understand, and even define literature You get the sense that Wharton is also poking fun at herself, but surely the most obvious target of derision are literary critics Obviously the irony is that now I must work on this st [...]

    25. I loved this witty and perceptive short story.A group of ladies who lunch have invited a currently popular author to join them for one of their regular, high minded get togethers We soon see that snobbery and competitiveness are rife among the members of this luncheon club, it s also apparent that even those women who have read their guest s latest book don t really understand it.When the somewhat arrogant and self satisfied writer tries to displays her superior attitude, it s left to one of the [...]

    26. All right, I admit it, I completely picked this book up because it started with the letter X for my alphabet challenge That and it was extremely short Admittedly I didn t have very high hopes, but I thought it was a great humorous short story Glad my GR book groups are above Xingu discussions

    27. Xingu is a very short story by American author, Edith Wharton It is available to read free at gutenberg files 24131 A group of very snobby, pretentious women in their own culture appreciation club, who look down their noses at their latest member, get their rather delicious comeuppance when a revered author comes to visit Quite brilliant

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