Somebody (Megan) didn't finish the book, and thereby missed the extremely important ending. However, she'll likely rate it pretty low anyway. Robert and Charity were pretty taken with it, and I fall somewhere in between.
The Londoner in Addison was our spot for discussing Wharton's Pulitzer-winning The Age of Innocence. It's a pretty perfect pub. They've got specials almost every night, and the food, which ranges from Indian to English to Big Boy Mac'n Cheese, is good. The decorations are fun, and there are several nooks in which you can hole-up and have conversations without shouting over the noise. We came on Monday's Trivia Night, and it was mildly entertaining--though the trivia is geared to a slightly older crowd and the questions are read by a tall, foul-mouthed guy who claims the game is rated "M" for "immature." I think we were able to live down to that description.
Some memorable lines about opera:
“She sang, of course, "M'ama!" and not "he loves me," since an unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.”