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As playwright David Ives notes on The Age of Innocence audio guide, ?sitting down with this novel is like sitting down next to the most wonderful dinner guest who knows all of the guests at the party, all of their secret lives, and who tells you about those secret lives but without ever speaking aloud the secret so that you get it in the inflection or in the tone or in a glance or the lift of an eyebrow.? Today, actor Alfred Molina reads from a scene where Newland Archer struggles with forbidden love in old aristocratic New York.

[audio:http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/MolinaAgeInnocence.mp3]

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To hear the entire The Age of Innocence audio guide, please check out The Big Read website.

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