[Reading] ➬ Portretul unei doamne ➳ Henry James – Varanus.us

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  1. says:

    Listening to the audiobook edition, narrated by Wanda McCaddon, has helped me but I still find Henry James writing style not much to my taste It isn t his verbosity, as I enjoy other verbose Victorian authors books, and it isn t the subject matter, as I have found the film adaptations of James books excellent But somehow, reading his books sends me to drowsiness the audiobook avoids this difficulty to a great extent.


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    This is a free edition transcribed into Kindle format by volunteers I ve heard a lot about Henry James and The Portrait of a Lady is considered a classic by many and the book has high ratings from Goodreads readers So I thought I d give it a try.If a book has a preface I always read it first, hoping to gain some insight about the book In this case, the preface was written by the author himself and I have to thank him for saving me from reading the book I hate to abandon a book once I ve star This is a free edition transcribed into Kindle format by volunteers I ve heard a lot about Henry James and The Portrait of a Lady is considered a classic by many and the book has high ratings from Goodreads readers So I thought I d give it a try.If a book has a preface I always read it first, hoping to gain some insight about the book In this case, the preface was written by the author himself and I have to thank him for saving me from reading the book I hate to abandon a book once I ve started it and I suspect if I d started this one I d have either gutted it out to the finish or given up after spending considerable time wading through the initial part.So why does James merit my thanks Mainly for this sentence, written early in the preface, I had rooms on Riva Schiavoni, at the top of a house near the passage leading off to San Zaccaria the waterside life, the wondrous lagoon spread before me, and the ceaseless human chatter of Venice came in at my windows, to which I seem to myself to have been constantly driven, in the fruitless fidget of composition, as if to see whether, out in the blue channel, the ship of some right suggestion, of some better phrase, of the next happy twist of my subject, the next true touch for my canvas, mightn t come into sight A person who appreciates long sentences of this kind with which the preface abounds will probably appreciate the book But to me such sentences fall like mud on my ears I admit that phrases such as fruitless fidget of composition and ship of some right suggestion are quite wonderful Had they been presented in lighter,readable sentences reminiscent of Willa Cather, for instance , I m sure I would have afavorable impression of James prose The preface lasts 32 pages and I slogged through maybe 10 or 15 of them before becoming thoroughly convinced that I would never survive all 649 pages of volume 1, let alone an additional 622 pages in volume 2.So, farewell to Henry James The Portrait of a Lady It s probably my loss, but I suffer it gladly if the preface is any warning of how the book is written


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    This review is of the entirety of Henry James Portrait of a Lady and not just Volume 1 of this particular edition I made my decision to reconsider Henry James with some small bit of trepidation I first read two James novellas in High School Turn of the Screw and Daisy Miller and found both to be over written, long and on the whole tedious reads Portrait of a Lady was evenimposing as it is a massive tome However, I am now firmly convinced that I was just too young at the time to tr This review is of the entirety of Henry James Portrait of a Lady and not just Volume 1 of this particular edition I made my decision to reconsider Henry James with some small bit of trepidation I first read two James novellas in High School Turn of the Screw and Daisy Miller and found both to be over written, long and on the whole tedious reads Portrait of a Lady was evenimposing as it is a massive tome However, I am now firmly convinced that I was just too young at the time to truly appreciate James style Portrait of a Lady is a beautifully written masterpiece It delves into familiar thematic ground for James the clash between Old World European s and New World American sensibilities but does so in a way that still seems fresh and alive today The Lady in question is Isabel Archer She travels first to England and then on to the Continent through the intersession of a beneficent Aunt Bright, charming, independent, prideful, naive, Isabel is a towering creation and her journey from innocence to experience is a powerful achievement A wonderful testament to the importance of individual freedom and a reminder that freedom often means a freedom to make the wrong choice and that a person of true honor accepts the consequences of their choices without excuse or equivocation Definitely puts me in a frame of mind to revisit the prior James shorter works that I previously didn t appreciate especially Turn of the Screw Highly recommended


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  5. says:

    I enjoyed over 200 pages of this novel and wanted to know what would happen to our dear Isabel However, the author chose to jump the shark in the final 40 pages If the author makes his heroine fall in love with the fortune hunting, lazy, cynical, and insulting wanna be artist I will scream I don t know how a girl can go from suspicion to Wow He s in a class of his own, after talking over a few stupid objects for less than 30 minutes And how does a man bragging about his baubles make hi I enjoyed over 200 pages of this novel and wanted to know what would happen to our dear Isabel However, the author chose to jump the shark in the final 40 pages If the author makes his heroine fall in love with the fortune hunting, lazy, cynical, and insulting wanna be artist I will scream I don t know how a girl can go from suspicion to Wow He s in a class of his own, after talking over a few stupid objects for less than 30 minutes And how does a man bragging about his baubles make him shy I m thoroughly disgusted Suddenly I question the author s taste and his treatment of the reader Having our heroine fall in love with a narcissitic prig twice her age and be the step mother to his insipid daughter is so painfully shabby Gag It causes me to question the novel s premises Why should I agree with the author that these characters are clever, sophisticated, and special They certainly haven t spoken or acted in a way to prove the assertions The final pages of Vol 1 were a chore to read and I question whether I should bother with Vol 2 I no longer care to know what happens to her, but I hate to leave things unfinished Quandary


  6. says:

    The book started well, I was intrigued by the various characters, particularly Isabel and Henrietta, and hopeful because of the way in which all the potential plot seeds were planted This was a novel that had the potential to bear a lot of fruit I read this on the Kindle and even though it was clearly labelled Volume 1, I deluded myself into thinking that as occasionally happens with free public domain downloads it was mis labelled Surely it was the whole book, and even though we were meand The book started well, I was intrigued by the various characters, particularly Isabel and Henrietta, and hopeful because of the way in which all the potential plot seeds were planted This was a novel that had the potential to bear a lot of fruit I read this on the Kindle and even though it was clearly labelled Volume 1, I deluded myself into thinking that as occasionally happens with free public domain downloads it was mis labelled Surely it was the whole book, and even though we were meandering through very boring character development and almost no plot, I expected that at about the 75% complete mark, things would start moving again and bring this book to an a fruitful end Nope We endured an extremely long drought and when we finished Volume 1, we had finally introduced all the characters of note I hope There are evenseeds of plot planted and there are myriad story lines that could grow from all of this sowing And I don t care I am so intensely bored I can not bring myself to read Volume 2


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    Basically I am logging these books as 2, rather than one because long novels SHOULD count as 2 books for the yearly reading challenge I love long and beastly books So far Portrait of a Lady is shaping up to be just meh period literature Fortunately I have a fondness for 19th century novels I don t know how this will end, but I m sensing that this will end up looking a lot like a Far From the Madding Crowd situation Isabel will fall for Osmond who turns out to be something of a con artist Basically I am logging these books as 2, rather than one because long novels SHOULD count as 2 books for the yearly reading challenge I love long and beastly books So far Portrait of a Lady is shaping up to be just meh period literature Fortunately I have a fondness for 19th century novels I don t know how this will end, but I m sensing that this will end up looking a lot like a Far From the Madding Crowd situation Isabel will fall for Osmond who turns out to be something of a con artist He will be her downfall, and she ll realize that a good man was waiting for her the whole time in Lord Warburton or her cousin Ralph Those English folk did like marrying their cousins I m hoping to be pleasantly surprised by a different outcome, as I continue to volume 2


  8. says:

    Henry James is impervious to my praise or condemnation This is a book that judges the reader, not the other way around After reading the New Yorker article about Michael Gorra s examination of this book and listening to the audio version, I started reading I was hooked from the beginning Isabel Archer is one of the greatest women in literature Having finished the first volume of this compelling story, I am looking forward to the second half with anticipation A simultaneous reading of Gorra Henry James is impervious to my praise or condemnation This is a book that judges the reader, not the other way around After reading the New Yorker article about Michael Gorra s examination of this book and listening to the audio version, I started reading I was hooked from the beginning Isabel Archer is one of the greatest women in literature Having finished the first volume of this compelling story, I am looking forward to the second half with anticipation A simultaneous reading of Gorra s Portrait of a Novel adds a level of enjoyment and understanding of the novel s place in James life and works


  9. says:

    An interesting if unbelievable sorry of a young American lady visiting with relatives in England, and traveling in Europe It seems that she is so amazing that everyone who comes across her falls in love with her, but she doesn t accept their proposals Her uncle does and leaves her quite a lot of money, so she has the means to be an independent woman, which is impressive for the period I guess I will need to read part two sometime, to find out if she ends up accepting any of them.


  10. says:

    i had sworn off all henry james after suffering through the golden bowl, but this book is intensely better maybe it s the actual plot that s interesting, because the golden bowl was not plot driven i also found out it was written as a rebuttal to austen s novels this gave it a depth that made itintense that said, i m not sure i get the ending, what was isobelle s choice

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