Portrait of a Lady (Talking Classics) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Jul 2012
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""The Portrait of a Lady is entirely successful in giving one the sense of having met somebody far too radiantly good for this world."--Rebecca West
""The Portrait of a Lady" is entirely successful in giving one the sense of having met somebody far too radiantly good for this world."--Rebecca West
"The Portrait of a Lady" is entirely successful in giving one the sense of having met somebody far too radiantly good for this world. Rebecca West" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Introduction by Fred B. Millett --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Isabel Archer however, mistakes a bohemian lifestyle on offer with Osmond for the freedom she seeks. Her stubborness and to a certain extent, her inverted snobbery, prevent her from taking Lord Warburton seriously, a man ready and willing to allow her to live as she craves. Osmond plays Isabel like a harp, appearing to offer what she desires and then closing the door on life forever using the very social conventions and expectations that Isabel has feared she would find with Lord Warburton. It is superb writing. Compare this piece of art with it's cleverly calibrated plot and clearly drawn characters with rubbish like the Shadow of the Wind and you despair that people don't take the time to really read something worthwhile.
Henry James must have read Trollope's novel. He's taken the same basic story and converted it very skillfully for his own needs.
It's probably the best of Henry James' novels, so if you have limited time, read this one. The book's structure is nearly perfect, the writing is sublime in the same closely worked way that Jane Austen's prose enthralls. It's well worth the effort.
Isabel Archer, one of James's most fully drawn characters, has postponed a marriage in America for a year of travel abroad, only to discover upon her precipitate and ill-considered marriage to an American living in Florence, that it is her need to be independent that makes her marriage a disaster. Gilbert Osmond, an American art collector living in Florence, marries Isabel for the fortune she has inherited from her uncle, treating her like an object d'art which he expects to remain "on the shelf." Madame Serena Merle, his long-time lover, is, like Osmond, an American whose venality and lack of scruples have been encouraged, if not developed, by the European milieu in which they live.
James packs more information into one paragraph than many writers do in an entire chapter.Read more ›
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HJ writes a compelling story that i personally found enjoyable.
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Beautifully written and elegant pose but feels very long and maybe this is from a female perspective but the romances don't ever quite feel developed enough that they make sense. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hannah
This novel has always done well, from its first serialized publication in two magazines and then its publication in book form in 1881, it has also been met with lots of critical... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Dowden
Beautiful job by the great Coralie Bickford-Smith of the incomparable Henry James novel. Please Coralie, do a boxed set of his novels!Published 13 months ago by new yorker