An independent thinker, Archer departs her home of England and arrives in Europe, aching for self-discovery. Confronted with the sometimes-harsh realities of the sophisticated world she finds herself in, she struggles to find her way as she tumbles down life’s rabbit holes. Grade: A
The Portrait of a Lady: (Oxford World’s Classics)
By Angela Matano
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Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady straddles the two divergent categories of incandescent work of literature and engaging page-turner. Like John Steinbeck’s East of Eden and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, the characters in Portrait, led by the ambivalent Isabel Archer, are thoroughly engrossing and entertaining.
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Article posted on 1/8/2009
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