The Portrait of a Lady

  • by Henry James
  • Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern
  • 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Portrait of a Lady tells the compelling and ultimately tragic tale of a beautiful young American woman's encounter with European sophistication. Set principally in England and Italy, we follow Isabel Archer's fortunes as a variety of admirers vie for her hand. Her choices will be crucial, and she is not wanting for advice, whether from the generous-spirited Ralph Touchett or the charming but rootless Madame Merle...
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Intriguing but lacking

I obviously lack a certain understanding when it comes to James' work. After listening to this book (which is brilliantly read and engaging) I found myself in an absloute loss to understand what the hell happened. The protagagonist Isabel Archer is just impossible to understand and in the end I found myself feeling quite distant from her. This happened to me when I read Washington Square as well and may be a personal fault I expect. Anyway fans of Henry James will definately enjoy this, people coming to him afresh...be warned, nothing will be quite so straightfoward or happy.
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- Hannah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-10-2000
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks