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The Portrait of a Lady | [Henry James]

The Portrait of a Lady

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

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    judy wiley Philadelphia, PA, US 03-17-13
    judy wiley Philadelphia, PA, US 03-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The worst listen in over 280 audio books!"
    What disappointed you about The Portrait of a Lady?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Portrait of a Lady to and why?

    Dickens, Jane Austen etc.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Marvin Kane’s performances?

    Never!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe MARYVILLE, TN, USA 07-02-09
    Joe MARYVILLE, TN, USA 07-02-09
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    "Tedious"

    Like watching paint dry

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    Leslie Peru, NY, USA 12-04-09
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    "I can't recomend this to anyone."

    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!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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