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Paragraph on his theories about the house of fiction I d like to uote the whole thing here because it is really worth reading and it provided me with huge insights into some Gerald Murnane books I ve puzzled over in the past The Plains and Inland and offered a strong desire to read Murnane s Million Windows The house of fiction has in short not one window but a million a number of possible windows not to be reckoned rather very one of which has been pierced or is still pierceable in its vast front by the need of the individual vision and by the pressure of the individual will These apertures of dissimilar shape and size hang so all together over the human scene that we might have xpected of them a greater sameness of report than we find They are but windows at the best mere holes in a dead wall disconnected perched aloft they are not hinged doors opening straight upon life But they have this mark of their own that at ach of them stands a figure with a pair of yes or at least with a field glass which forms again and again for observation a uniue instrument insuring to the person making use of it an impression distinct from very other He and his neighbors are watching the same show but one seeing where the other sees less one seeing black where the other sees white one seeing big where the other sees small one seeing coarse where the other sees fine And so on and so on there is fortunately no saying on what for the particular pair of yes the window may NOT open fortunately by reason precisely of this incalculability of range The spreading field the human scene is the choice of subject the pierced aperture ither broad or balconied or slit like and low browed is the literary form but they are singly or together as nothing without the posted presence of the watcher without in other words the consciousness of the artist Tell me what the artist is and I will tell you of what he has BEEN conscious Thereby I shall xpress to you at once his boundless freedom and his moral referenceThis book is the final one in my 2017 Henry James season and I can t think of a better title to finish on But in very nding there are beginnings The Portrait has led me to another book Henry James says he took the slight personality the mere slim shade of an intelligent but presumptuous girl and created what he called an ado about Isabel Archer That reference has prompted me to go back to Shakespeare and read Much Ado About Nothing I do love when one book leads to another 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 feelingsSt 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 marriage proposals by two worthy suitors inherits a fortune and then is manipulated into marrying one of the most odious creatures on the planet Gilbert Osmond She s utterly fascinating and if I were back in university I imagine having long conversations and arguments about her character What does she want Freedom The ability to choose ven if it s a bad choice Is she a projection of James s latent homosexuality Is she a feminist or not There are no simple answers 2 The Prose and Psychological ComplexityDamn James knew how to write long luxuriant sentences that dig deep into his characters mind 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 this that I just can t get into it Frothy is a word that comes to mind also was paid by the word like Dickens I Finished The Book Finally finished the book finally was a chore I did not find James portrayal of a woman s personality convincing That ven 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 motionally abused and humiliated It seemed to be a very conventional view of a woman that ventually she would give in to her Lord and Master A woman with an ounce of independence she did have an ounce maybe ven two at the beginning would not be the sad creature she was at the nd 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 vil 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 nough 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 ven 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 The Portrait of a lady Henry JamesThe Portrait of a Lady is a novel by Henry James first published as a serial in a lady Henry JamesThe Portrait of a Lady is a novel by Henry James first published as a serial in Atlantic Monthly and Macmillan s Magazine in 1880 81 and then as a book in 1881 It is one of James s most popular long novels and is regarded by critics as one of his finest The Portrait of a Lady is the st 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 little brilliant a little impressive and if you have the patience to look for it than a little interesting There s a LOT in here James wanted this novel to be the antidote to the Jane Austen romance He wanted to show life as it is money as a burden marriage as a trap and people as gotistic petty manipulative and kindIf I told you how disappointing the nding is though you wouldn t want to read it so I won t mention that If you have the patience it s worth reading but not unless you read it closely I recommend a Norton Critical Edition. 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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 that the search for its understanding has occupied practically all my free moments And to fully grasp it I could not do without Henry James masterful help so forgive me if you find I uote him too often Oh but this is a work in progress so forgive me again for any inaccuracy or inconsistency 1 The complexity of Isabel Archer Millions of presumptuous girls intelligent or not intelligent daily affront their destiny and what is it open to their destiny to be at the most that we should make an ado about it The novel is of its very nature an ado an ado about something and the larger the form it takes the greater of course the ado Therefore consciously that was what one was in for for positively organising an ado about Isabel Archer Portrait of a Lady is the story of a young American woman Isabel Archer and her voyage of self discovery I loved getting into Isabel s conflicted mind her doubts and her confidence her wishes and her choices I went ven further and identified thoroughly with Isabel Archer I could relate to her conflicted mind her dreams and ultimate choices She was a pleasure to know because she is so xtraordinarily complex complex in a way that fictional people seldom areFrom the first we learn how Isabel valued her freedom in a dialogue with her cousin Ralph Adopted me The girl stared and her blush came back to her together with a momentary look of pain Oh no she has not adopted me I m not a candidate for adoption I beg a thousand pardons Ralph murmured I meant You meant she has taken me up Yes she likes to take people up but she added with a certain visible A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, eagerness of desire to bexplicit I m very fond of my liberty The secondary characters are there to The Shadow Reader explain Isabel Archer as Henry James tells us they are there for what they are worth the definite array of contributions to Isabel Archer s history I recognized them I knew them they were numbered pieces of my puzzle the concrete term of my plot Mrs Touchett her aunt brings Isabel to Europe but is indifferent and unfeeling Ralph is initially amused by her and helps her to inherit a fortune only to guarantee her choices and the freedom to follow them he probably is the only one that thoroughly loved Isabel Madam Merle manages her meeting with Osmond and makes sure theynd up married Osmond thinks of her as one item for his collection Mr Goodwood is persistent and never loses interest in her life coming back again and again to see how she is but seems to offer nothing Lord Warburton is a fair aristocratic friend to Isabel but was he truly in love with her or merely looking for a trophy wife Henrietta Stackpole is a true friend and probably an antithesis to Isabel and Pansy the artless creation of her husband depends on Isabel as the only person who throughly loves her So Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies everyone including the reader look upon her judge her decisions and contemplate as she takesach of her fateful steps into her destinyOh there is much about Isabel and I hope I will be able to know her better once I am finished 2 The images and metaphors of Isabel Archer s lifeTo discuss this I first I want to tell you about a recurrent dream I had for a very long time Sometimes I dreamed that I was walking down the corridor on my home and discovered a door I had never realized xisted deciding to xplore I would open it and it led me to a NEW ENDLESS ROW OF ROOMS ALL endless row of rooms all with high windows and sunny overlooking majestic new The Power Of A Choice endless row of rooms all grand with high windows and sunny overlooking majestic that I had never observedxisted before As I opened ach door amazing new discoveries were revealed to me My feelings were of xuberance of happiness to have discovered so much beauty inside my home But there was a variation to these recurrent dreams or worst there were also nightmares In these I also discovered new places never visited before however they would be dark and looked nowhere As a result of this oppressive atmosphere I used to feel like I was in an ndless prison inside my own home I rejoiced in the first and feared to revisit those nightmaresSo when I started reading The Portrait of a Lady it was fascinating to read how Henry James uses symbolic or metaphorical architectural spaces and places to tell us about Isabel Archer and her life This was something I knew and it remitted directly to my dreams and my deepest self Her imagination was by habit ridiculously active when the door was not open it jumped out of the window She was not accustomed indeed to keep it behind bolts and at important moments when she would have thankful to make use of her judgement alone she paid the penalty of having given ncouragement to the faculty of seeing without judging We first meet Isabel at Gardencourt Her uncle s house seemed a picture made real no refinement of the agreeable was lost upon Isabel the rich perfection of Gardencourt at once revealed a world and gratified a need The large low rooms the deep greenness outside that seemed always peeping in the sense of well ordered privacy in the centre of a property much to the taste of our young lady whose taste played a considerable part in her The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right emotions By marrying Osmond Isabelnds up Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling enveloped in a palace dark and suffocating She could live it over again the incredulous terror with which she had taken the measure of her dwelling Between those four walls she had livedver since they were to surround her for the rest of her life It was the house of darkness the house of dumbness the house of suffocation Osmond s beautiful mind gave it neither light nor air Osmond s beautiful mind indeed seemed to peep down from a small high window and mock at her There she seeks refuge or consolation on the ruins of Rome for her a symbol of hope for despite their long sufferings they are still standing She had long before this taken old Rome into her confidence for in a world of ruins the ruin of her happiness seemed a less unnatural catastrophe She rested her weariness upon things that had crumbled for centuries an Ugh Monsieur Pain ech thelitism 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 do 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 njoyment in his literary works when I began reading him in my freshmen year at college As an English major I was xposed to many different authors but I felt a strong connection with him and this literary period American realistic works spoke to me above any of the other classic books I had been reading As a result I chose Henry James as the primary focus of an independent study course I d taken in my senior year I read 6 or 7 of his books during those 3 months and am going back now to provide uick reviews as not veryone finds him as njoyable as I do I also don t want to bore veryone with. Regarded by many critics as James's masterpiece this superbly crafted novel presents Isabel Archer a young American heiress newly arri. ,
A lengthy review on how to interpret him or his booksThe Portrait of a Lady tells the story of a young woman who years to have her own life and make her own mark on the world She doesn t want to be contained by marriage or the structure in place at the time in the late 19th century She has different characteristics coming from American English and continental European female archetypes She has strong moral and thical values She knows who she is yet she does not know all As she moves through life she makes choices that are not Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. easy for her toxecute What I loved about this work is its deep xploratory view points beautiful language and unparalleled characters Though I only give it a 3 when compared to some of this other works I would recommend you read a few chapters or sections just to see if it is something you could find yourself getting lost inThe impact you feel upon reading this book is uestioning what is the true view of a lady how is she different from generation to generate location to location and societal class to societal class James knows women He is very accurate on many levels wrong on a few too But to put out his thoughts in a huge tome at a time when women were beginning to get rights and be able to cross genres and genders is amazing It s less about what he says and about how he says it And that s why I njoy reading him but ven I admit I can only take 1 book very few years About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by 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 nergy 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 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 xperience as if it were written Il morto di Maigret expressly for the girl who was me at twenty two causing me to wonder how Henry James could have guessed so well the presumptuous ideas I had about life and love at thatarly stage All of that is very personal of course and not necessarily of interest to other readers but there were other moments in my reading of The Portrait of a Lady that better merit mention in a review I had read this book before about twenty years ago so although I knew the bare bones of the story I remembered few of the details I certainly had no recollection of reading a particular scene from arly in the story the one in which Isabel Archer meets a stranger in her aunt s house And yet there was something about the lead up to that scene that caught my attention this time the house is very still because Isabel s uncle is dying Out of the silence comes the sound of someone playing the piano Wonderingly Isabel makes her way toward the source of the harmony Those six words were like a bell ringing in my mind I felt a sharpening of interest an awareness of how pivotal this moment would be in the story I remember thinking I ve been reading this book with all senses on alert and this is my reward I ve sensed the author s xcitement at the turn his story is about to take There was another scene later in the book when I had a similar feeling of change about to happen Isabel sits up late one night in Rome pondering a difficult decision indeed pondering all the decisions in her life so far The reader watches with her and wonders how she will act And wonders again when she finally doesThere are other major shifts in the narrative but none stood out for me uite the way those two did In fact Henry James purposely avoids describing the most significant shift of all by skipping a three year section of Isabel s life completely which is a very ffective narrative device of course introducing both surprise and suspense in a story that has only a six year span in total As a reader I appreciated both strategies the mphasis he seemed to place on some scenes and the complete omission he allowed to others It was all very wonderful In fact this book has revised my idea of what wonderful means The Portrait of a Lady is vying for a place as the highlight of my Henry James reading year Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition even though The Ambassadors was already firmly camped in that position I ve decided they can be the joint highlight they have a lot of wonderfulness in commonWhen I finished The Portrait I turned to HJ s 1906 appendix and found a paragraph about his concerns for the reader He writes that he has purposely piled brick upon brick for our benefit carefully including the details that willnable us to grasp the totality of his creation And among those details he mentions two in particular keystones in the building of the story as it were The first is the piano scene I described arlier He speaks of the rare chemistry of that scene in which Isabel recognizes that a huge change is about to happen in her life I felt really validated as a Reader To Have Been Aware to have been aware advance of the significance of what I was about to read and so I wasn t surprised when his other pivotal scene turned out to be the one where Isabel sits up late into the Roman night pondering her decisions This is the sixteenth Henry James book I ve read in six months Perhaps I ve learnt something of the way his writer s mind worksMore confirmation of that possibility came when he began to discuss the shape of this novel He continues to speak in terms of bricks and architecture and proportions and he says that of all his novels The Portrait is the best proportioned with the xception of a novel he was to write twenty two years later The Ambassadors Alongside a certain roundness in shape which they share he finds they also share a kind of supporting beam or rib that runs through them This rib is made from two minor but key characters Henrietta Stackpole and Maria Gostrey Both seem Sexual Secrets extraneous toach story at first glance yet both are central to the architecture of
THEIR PARTICULAR STORY I REMEMBER NOTING 
particular story I remember noting Maria Gostrey was the thread that allowed me to find my way through the labyrinth that was The Ambassadors so it was wonderful to hear Henry James confirm that and underline the links between the two books as well I was also reminded that I had begun to look at his books in terms of architecture while reading The Wings of the Dove so I really appreciated his architectural metaphorsIn fact the appendix left me amazed and wondering at very turn In the updates I uoted part of Ved in Europe Spirited and independent Isabel is determined to make her own decisions in James' penetrating psychological and social
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