The Portrait of a Lady is often regarded as Henry James's greatest achievement.
The novel tells the story of beautiful, intelligent, and headstrong Isabel Archer, as she leaves her native America and embarks on a journey of self discovery in Europe.
Published as a book in 1881, it explores his familiar themes including the conflict between American individualism and European social custom and the situation of Americans in Europe. It also treats in a profound way the themes of personal freedom, responsibility, betrayal, and sexuality.
American-born English author Henry James (1843- 1916), was one of the founders and leaders of realism in fiction and is considered to be one of the great British novelists.
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The production. The story was good - better than expected in that the lovers actually do consummate their romance and marry even if unhappily. But the narration and the production was not worthy of Henry James. There were long pauses and many errors in the reading. There was no enthusiasm in the reading and no attempt to get in character.
Dickens, Jane Austen etc.
If you look up the word verbose in the dictionary you will find a picture of Henry James. I listened to the first 5 chapters, hoping things would improve...now I can't bear to listen to another word. The conversations are shallow and boring. Ugh!
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