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What Maisie Knew (Wordsworth Classics)
What Maisie Knew (Wordsworth Classics)
by Henry James
Edition: Paperback
Price: 1.89

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knowing Maisie?, 11 Mar 2010
This edition is pleasantly cheap, so if you are not a James fan, and are tentative about approaching his work, you have not spent much. And the introduction is at the right level for this kind of reader, though I suggest that you look at this after you have finished reading - whether you actually finish the book or not.

The introduction is useful, and may help you continue if you have stalled. But it is certainly best to start reading the book first, particularly as James himself produced a later preface, which can also safely be left until you have finished.

The notes are helpful, and not too many. But James' long sentences and massive paragraphs may overpower from time to time, especially as this budget edition leaves little white space around the solid text.

This is a short James novel, and is useful as an introduction to his work. Plenty of observation of the disfunction of the adults around her by the growing Maisie, who in turn is observed by the narrator. The work commands your attention at the start - before Chapter one - and then takes you through what happens to Maisie as she is shunted between her divorced parents over her formative years. You need to pay attention to some names, as adults marry again, governesses change and years go by. Your sympathy is with Maisie, who lives with it all. But what did Maisie know? Or understand?
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