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    10 Things I Love About Henry James’s The Portrait Of A Lady1 Isabel ArcherThe “lady” in the title Beautiful young he

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    SPOILER ALERT Read at your own riskMy first time to read a book by Henry JamesReading The Portrait of a Lady said to be his finest novel is like getting your workout at a gymAfter a day’s work you are tired You are already zapped of energy You feel like going to a bar and have a couple of beer listening to a funky live band or the crooning of a lovely young lady Or you want to go to a nearby mall and sit in the comfort of a dark movie h

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    For my dear friend Jeffrey Keeten I would not have read it if it were not for you Thanks Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady touched me deeply Since I finished this novel a few days ago I could not seem to stop thinking about it as I tried to organize my feelings That I was mesmerized by it there is no doubt So much that the search for i

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    I've been reading a lot of Anthony Trollope's books recently and the stories characters and writing is so much superior to this that I just can't get into it Frothy is a word that comes to mind also was he paid by the wor

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    I had many wonderful moments while reading this book moments when the writing halted the reading when I had to pause and admire and wonder Moments when the book seemed to speak to my own experience as if it were written ex

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    Ugh ech the elitism that breeds in readers We think we're such nicey cosy bookworms and wouldn't harm a fly but we seethe we do Of course readers of books just naturally look down on those who don't read at all In fact they try not to think of those people nine tenths of the human race I suppose but a tenth of the human race is still a big number because it makes them shudder How lovely it would be to go riding in a carriage throu

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    The Portrait of a lady Henry JamesThe Portrait of a Lady is a novel by Henry James first published as a serial i

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    Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady is considered to be one of the first American novels to make full use of social and psychological realism as European authors such as Flaubert Balzac and George Eliot were already practicing in their works Considered to be his biggest accomplishment along with The Ambassadors

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    Book Review 3 out of 5 stars for The Portrait of a Lady a classic story called the Great American Novel written

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    UghIf I could describe this book in one word it would be Laborious If I were allowed space which apparently I am I would go on to say that in addition to being deathly slow and horrifically boring it is also a little brilliant a little impressive and if you have the patience to look for it than a little interesti

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Summary º E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Henry James

When Isabel Archer a beautiful spirited American is brought to Europe by her wealthy Aunt Touchett it is expected that she will soon marry But Isabel reso SPOILER ALERT Read at your own riskMy first time to read a book by Henry JamesReading The Portrait of a Lady said to be his finest novel is like getting your workout at a gymAfter a day s work you are tired You are already zapped of energy You feel like going to a bar and have a couple of beer listening to a funky live band or the crooning of a lovely young lady Or you want to go to a nearby mall and sit in the comfort of a dark movie house Probably sleep to rest for a couple of hours if the movie turns out to be boringBut you decide to go as you planned at the start of the day Your gym bag is in your car You drag your heavy feet to the parking lot To the gym You know you have to do it your friend has been telling you that Henry James is good but you imagine the taste of cold beer uenching your thirst or the soft seat inside the theater or the pretty songbird wearing a plunging neckline or showing her slim smooth legs there are uick reads waiting for you like Ray Bradbury s Farenheit 451 or that Flowers for Argenon by Daniel Keyes But you know your body needs exercise You are becoming fatter heavier and your waistline is expanding You resisted the uick but empty lure of beer or sleep at the movie house Your heart is telling you that Henry James is an author to read Like a zombie you continued sleepwalking to the gymAfter changing to your gym attire You step on the treadmill The solitude of working out In the gym you rarely talk to anyone Henry James used a style that was distinctively his wordy yet illuminating You are by yourself Most of your friends don t care about Henry James You begin to walk Warm up After a couple of minutes you increase the speed Chug Chug Chug It goes on and on His storytelling went on and on His characters came from New York to England went to Paris then to Rome and then went back to England and finally went back to Rome After the treadmill you lift some weights as you also need to tone some muscles His characters were varied There was Isabel Archer fighting for her independence by refusing marriage proposals like there was not tomorrow but in the end she found with the wrong man conceited two timer treacherous and condescending Some muscles are not supposed to be exercised right after a neighboring one They could be contradicting each other and not only you will not get the maximum benefit from your workout but you are in the danger of having an injury like some pulled muscles Isabel s cousin Ralph Touchett is the conscience of the novel telling by instinct whether the person character is good or bad He is sick but he is the only character that has the purest heartYou came to the gym gloomy and dragged your feet as you did not have the energy even to go up a couple of stairs Some people agonize reading this kind of 19th century Victorian English But when you came out to go back to your car you felt energized and refreshed You felt triumphant that Isabel Archer was going back to Rome for Pansy not necessarily for Oswald But she decided whatever her heart was telling her In the end it was all that mattered independence She followed her heart a personal triumph In the end you did not regret going to the gym In the end I am happy I read a Henry James

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His veneer of charm and cultivation is cruelty itself A story of intense poignancy Isabel's tale of love and betrayal still resonates with modern audienc Book Review 3 out of 5 stars for The Portrait of a Lady a classic story called the Great American Novel written by Henry James in 1881 I adore Henry James and found great enjoyment in his literary works when I began reading him in my freshmen year at college As an English major I was exposed to many different authors but I felt a strong connection with him and this literary period American realistic works spoke to me above any of the other classic books I had been reading As a result I chose Henry James as the primary focus of an independent study course I d taken in my senior year I read 6 or 7 of his books during those 3 months and am going back now to provide uick reviews as not everyone finds him as enjoyable as I do I also don t want to bore everyone with a lengthy review on how to interpret him or his booksThe Portrait of a Lady tells the story of a young woman who years to have her own life and make her own mark on the world She doesn t want to be contained by marriage or the structure in place at the time in the late 19th century She has different characteristics coming from American English and continental European female archetypes She has strong moral and ethical values She knows who she is yet she does not know all As she moves through life she makes choices that are not easy for her to execute What I loved about this work is its deep exploratory view points beautiful language and unparalleled characters Though I only give it a 3 when compared to some of this other works I would recommend you read a few chapters or sections just to see if it is something you could find yourself getting lost inThe impact you feel upon reading this book is uestioning what is the true view of a lady how is she different from generation to generate location to location and societal class to societal class James knows women He is very accurate on many levels wrong on a few too But to put out his thoughts in a huge tome at a time when women were beginning to get rights and be able to cross genres and genders is amazing It s less about what he says and about how he says it And that s why I enjoy reading him but even I admit I can only take 1 book every few years About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by

Summary º E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Henry James

Lved to determine her own fate does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors She then finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond who beneath I ve been reading a lot of Anthony Trollope s books recently and the stories characters and writing is so much superior to this that I just can t get into it Frothy is a word that comes to mind also was he paid by the word like Dickens I finished the book finally It was a chore I did not find James portrayal of a woman s personality convincing That even though she had the financial power which was the reason why her husband had married her she would still allow herself to be physically and emotionally abused and humiliated It seemed to be a very conventional view of a woman that eventually she would give in to her Lord and Master A woman with an ounce of independence she did have an ounce maybe even two at the beginning would not be the sad creature she was at the end Marriages were made in light of money and status in those times in this book she had both he had neither there had to be some sort of mental shift that that would allow her to pretend that these were her husband s and she was in the lower and grateful position But James didn t write it so Portrait really didn t make senseNone of the characters evil good or milk water gained my sympathy Pansy the daughter nearly did but I wanted to shake her and say how could you have lived all these years and not suspected who your mother is Your father has palmed you off on the nuns all these years what s with this unuestioning obedience Its your step mother has the money not him she s the one who can help you would help younot your daddy who just wants you to achieve his own social climbing ambitions I just don t see James as a man who understood women enough to write about them from any but a man s perspectiveI watched the Nichole Kidman film of the book and although Kidman did her best to flesh out the character she was no rounded than in the book And Poppy s submissiveness and ignorance were even unbelievable Obviously to James the main characteristic he associated with women and interpreted thusly by the director was submissivenessHenry James may have deserved his reputation as a Grand Old Man of American letters but not through this book it just didn t do it for me