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When Isabel Archer a beautiful spirited American is brought to Europe by her wealthy Aunt Touchett it is expected that she will soon marry But Isabel reso. SPOILER ALERT Read at your own riskMy first time to read a book by Henry JamesReading The Portrait of a Lady said to be his finest novel is like getting your workout at a gymAfter a day s work you are tired You are already zapped of energy You feel like going to a bar and have a couple of beer listening to a funky live band or the crooning of a lovely young lady Or you want to go to a nearby mall and sit in the comfort of a dark movie house Probably sleep to rest for a couple of hours if the movie turns out to be boringBut you decide to go as you planned at the start of the day Your gym bag is in your car You drag your heavy feet to the parking lot To the gym You know you have to do it your friend has been telling you that Henry James is good but you imagine the taste of cold beer uenching your thirst or the soft seat inside the theater or the pretty songbird wearing a plunging neckline or showing her slim smooth legs there are uick reads waiting for you like Ray Bradbury s Farenheit 451 or that Flowers for Argenon by Daniel Keyes But you know your body needs exercise You are becoming fatter heavier and your waistline is expanding You resisted the uick but empty lure of beer or sleep at the movie house Your heart is telling you that Henry James is an author to read Like a zombie you continued sleepwalking to the gymAfter changing to your gym attire You step on the treadmill The solitude of working out In the gym you rarely talk to anyone Henry James used a style that was distinctively his wordy yet illuminating You are by yourself Most of your friends don t care about Henry James You begin to walk Warm up After a couple of minutes you increase the speed Chug Chug Chug It goes on and on His storytelling went on and on His characters came from New York to England went to Paris then to Rome and then went back to England and finally went back to Rome After the treadmill you lift some weights as you also need to tone some muscles His characters were varied There was Isabel Archer fighting for her independence by refusing marriage proposals like there was not tomorrow but in the end she found with the wrong man conceited two timer treacherous and condescending Some muscles are not supposed to be exercised right after a neighboring one They could be contradicting each other and not only you will not get the maximum benefit from your workout but you are in the danger of having an injury like some pulled muscles Isabel s cousin Ralph Touchett is the conscience of the novel telling by instinct whether the person character is good or bad He is sick but he is the only character that has the purest heartYou came to the gym gloomy and dragged your feet as you did not have the energy even to go up a couple of stairs Some people agonize reading this kind of 19th century Victorian English But when you came out to go back to your car you felt energized and refreshed You felt triumphant that Isabel Archer was going back to Rome for Pansy not necessarily for 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Lved to determine her own fate does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors She then finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond who beneath. I ve been reading a lot of Anthony Trollope s books recently and the stories characters and writing is so much superior to this that I just can t get into it Frothy is a word that comes to mind also was he paid by the word like Dickens I finished the book finally It was a chore I did not find James portrayal of a woman s personality convincing That even though she had the financial power which was the reason why her husband had married her she would still allow herself to be physically and emotionally abused and humiliated It seemed to be a very conventional view of a woman that eventually she would give in to her Lord and Master A woman with an ounce of independence she did have an ounce maybe even two at the beginning would not be the sad creature she was at the end Marriages were made in light of money and status in those times in this book she had both he had neither there had to be some sort of mental shift that that would allow her to pretend that these were her husband s and she was in the lower and grateful position But James didn t write it so Portrait really didn t make senseNone of the characters evil good or milk water gained my sympathy Pansy the daughter nearly did but I wanted to shake her and say how could you have lived all these years and not suspected who your mother is Your father has palmed you off on the nuns all these years what s with this unuestioning obedience Its your step mother has the money not him she s the one who can help you would help younot your daddy who just wants you to achieve his own social climbing ambitions I just don t see James as a man who understood women enough to write about them from any but a man s perspectiveI watched the Nichole Kidman film of the book and although Kidman did her best to flesh out the character she was no rounded than in the book And Poppy s submissiveness and ignorance were even unbelievable Obviously to James the main characteristic he associated with women and interpreted thusly by the director was submissivenessHenry James may have deserved his reputation as a Grand Old Man of American letters but not through this book it just didn t do it for me Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche own fate does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors She then finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond who beneath. 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His veneer of charm and cultivation is cruelty itself A story of intense poignancy Isabel's tale of love and betrayal still resonates with modern audienc. Henry James The Portrait of a Lady is considered to be one of the first American novels to make full use of social and psychological realism as European authors such as Flaubert Balzac and George Eliot were already practicing in their works Considered to be his biggest accomplishment along with The Ambassadors Portrait added Isabel Archer to the company of great fictional heroines as the likes of Elizabeth Bennet Becky Sharp and Jane Eyre and in a century marked by unsatisfied bourgeois wives and adultery in fiction Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina come to mind it was a breath of fresh air to accompany and delve into James protagonist s thoughts and inner feelingsStarting with a very slow pace the narrative contains long and elaborate descriptions It feels James is painting a richly detailed picture for every scene As we arrive in Gardencourt the Touchett s English country estate where our story opens and closes we encounter Mr Touchett his son Ralph and a family friend called Lord Warburton Among other things they discuss how Mrs Lydia Touchett is in America and will bring along her niece called Isabel Archer to visit EuropeIsabel is a young woman from Albany New York who accepts her aunt s offer to initially stay with her in Gardencourt and then later travel through the continent eager to explore and be enriched by the places she s never been before and experience life at its fullest Upon her arrival we begin to learn what her ideals and plans are along with her hopes and dreamsSince the beginning her cousin Ralph seems to have been as curious as we were to see what Isabel would make of her life In a way we almost could say Ralph was conducting an experiment Isabel had an independent mind she was emotionally and psychologically self sufficient didn t seem inclined to get married for the time being which was different for a girl of her age at the time She was thirsty for knowledge first and foremost I don t want to begin life by marrying Isabel asserts to Ralph There are other things a woman can do But without money how far could she go with her unattached ways She was probably bound to eventually getting married Her cousin then arranged it and she became financially independent as well Certain that he was doing Isabel a good deed Ralph convinced his father who was very fond of Isabel at his deathbed to leave her an impressive amount of money Now she had all that was necessary to decide her destiny without any barriers or anyone to hold her back The experiment was onAfter traveling for over a year the now wealthy Isabel Archer is in Florence where her aunt lives A friend she greatly admired Madame Merle Mrs Touchett s close friend who Isabel got acuainted with some time after she arrived in Gardencourt skillfully introduces her to Gilbert Osmond an American expatriate widower who s lived in Italy for years Isabel is very impressed with his refinement and intelligence and thinks of him as having a beautiful mind Despite her family and friends complaints about this relationship Isabel after having declined two previous suitors accepts Osmond s marriage proposalThe story then jumps in time and there s a narrative shift for a bit James leaves Isabel and Osmond in the background while he focuses on Pansy Osmond Osmond s young daughter and Edward Rosier Isabel s childhood friend who s in love with Miss Osmond and is trying to get Madame Merle to help him marry his darling girl Through their story we still have glimpses of Isabel s life and we learn that she s been now married for two years and that she lost a son who died six months after his birth Isabel and her husband seems to disagree about everything and we learn she s unhappyHenry James who once conducted a very slow paced almost contemplative narrative gradually started to accelerate it adding drama and a sense of urgency to his words Right after an unsettling argument with Osmond one evening Isabel now feeling distraught than ever starts pondering and analyzing the many circumstances she finds herself in The author immerses us in a deeply personal and intensely psychological account of her thoughts and emotions Among the things Isabel reflected upon for a long time were the conclusion that her husband must hate her and the realization that Osmond had gained total control of her the once independent and strong witted woman was now a subjugated spirit the woman who once seemed to be against doing what was expected of her was now conforming to her husband s decisions When the clock struck four she got up she was going to bed at last for the lamp had long since gone out and the candles burned down to their socketsComplicating things even further is the revelation Countess Gemini Osmond s sister makes to Isabel of a long time secret that leaves her completely shaken This only comes to deteriorate even her relationship with Gilbert Now fully aware of the situation she was put in through manipulations and schemes Isabel is faced with a big decision her cousin Ralph is dying in Gardencourt and her dictatorial husband is completely against her visiting England Showing the old Isabel may still be somewhere locked inside of herself she confronts her husband and leaves to be with her cousin The Portrait of a Lady through its length presents a number of opposites but the most striking ones are the battles between freedom vs destiny and affection vs betrayal In the book s final moments we witness that Isabel is offered a way to go back to where and to whom she was when she first came to Europe The world s all before us and the world s very big she is told She could once again explore life and fill herself with hopes but declined the opportunity The world s very small she answered With a much talked about conclusion that has both fascinated and infuriated another battle of opposites readers James ending remains open to a lot of interpretationsIt s disturbing to watch an unhappily married woman with an opportunity to leave it all behind and the means to do it simply not choosing freedom Did Osmond finally accomplish to shatter her spirit Another theory is that maybe marriage was an unbreakable vow and she felt she had a moral duty to her husband Or was she trying to be protective of Pansy who was mirroring Isabel s unhappiness and was another example of a woman who seemed to think that she was obliged to follow other s decisions even if it made her unhappy and determined to stand by her side and not let the same happen to her step daughter Innumerable possibilitiesJames has been known for structuring his novels with a series of circles surrounding a center With that in mind a hopeful interpretation of the book s ending is that in order to complete that circle Isabel must return to her husband properly end her marriage so she could once again be able to start anew and free her spirit once and for allRating for such an interesting and comprehensive analysis of freedom human consciousness and ultimately existentialism 4 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    10 Things I Love About Henry James’s The Portrait Of A Lady1 Isabel ArcherThe “lady” in the title Beautiful young headstrong and spirited the American woman visits her wealthy relatives in England rejects mar

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    SPOILER ALERT Read at your own riskMy first time to read a book by Henry JamesReading The Portrait of a Lady said to be his finest novel is like getting your workout at a gymAfter a day’s work you are tired You are already zapped of energy You feel like going to a bar and have a couple of beer listening to a funky live band or the crooning of a lovely young lady Or you want to go to a nearby mall and sit in the comfort of a dark movie h

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    For my dear friend Jeffrey Keeten I would not have read it if it were not for you Thanks Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady touched me deeply Since I finished this novel a few days ago I could not seem to stop thinking about it as I tried to organize my feelings That I was mesmerized by it there is no doubt So much t

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    I've been reading a lot of Anthony Trollope's books recently and the stories characters and writing is so much superior to this that I just can't get into it Frothy is a word that comes to mind also was he paid by

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    I had many wonderful moments while reading this book moments when the writing halted the reading when I had to pause and admire and wonder Moments when the book seemed to speak to my own experience as if it were written expressly for the girl who was me at twenty two causing me to wonder how Henry James could ha

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    Ugh ech the elitism that breeds in readers We think we're such nicey cosy bookworms and wouldn't harm a fly but we seethe we do Of course readers of books just naturally look down on those who don't read at all In fact they try not to think of those people nine tenths of the human race I suppose but a tenth of the human race is still a big number because it makes them shudder How lovely it would be to go riding in a ca

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    Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady is considered to be one of the first American novels to make full use of social and psychological realism as European authors such as Flaubert Balzac and George Eliot were already practici

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    Book Review 3 out of 5 stars for The Portrait of a Lady a classic story called the Great American Novel written by Henry James in 1881 I adore Henry James and found great enjoyment in his literary works when I began reading him in my freshmen year at college As an English major I was exposed to many different authors but I felt a strong connection with him and this literary period American realistic works spoke to me above any

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    UghIf I could describe this book in one word it would be Laborious If I were allowed space which apparently I am I would go on to say that in addition to being deathly slow and horrifically boring it is also a li

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