In accordance with her father's suspicions, young Townsend disappears, leaving Catherine to humiliation, heartache, and lonely spinsterhood. Years later, after her father's death, Townsend returns, and Catherine must make up her own mind about his intentions.
This 1881 novel was adapted into the popular movie The Heiress.
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"Washington Square is a perfectly balanced novel...a work of surpassing refinement and interest." (Elizabeth Hardwick)
"It's James at the top of his form." (AudioFile)
This book's characters just jump out of the narration, it's absolutely wonderful. James' understanding of a certain female character is uncanny. I adored this book and was so sorry when it ended!
If you enjoy well written 19th century classic literature, this is a great choice. It's pretty light, and not quite as intriguing as The Portrait of a Lady, but it still keeps you interested. My only complaint is the narrator's pacing- he reads well, but leaves interminable pauses between most of his sentences. It might be worthwhile to listen to a sample before buying it.
gerrymor Auburn, AL My favorites are books read by the authors. Janis Ian is superb.
I keep thinking of Montgomery Clift in the movie. And of Olivia Havilland. It good to have this fine book.
Superbly well performed. James at his perceptive best, fine delineation of sensitive and victimised young woman. Reader brings out the awfulness of the family members and suitor around her.
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