The Portrait of A Lady

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Portrait of A Lady
Penguin Putnam
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, resolved 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 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 audiences.

Publisher: London, England ; New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, c2003
ISBN: 0141439637
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC J
Characteristics: 656 p. ; 19 cm.


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Mar 27, 2012
  • haploU5 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An engaging look at a self-possessed, strong-willed, 19th century woman’s aversion to marriage and consequent loss of identity that seems to be irrevocably intertwined. Treasuring her independence, she visits her grand aunt in Europe and manages to ward off several attractive proposals while absorbing a new culture and making new friends. As she is enjoying her independence, she is innocently coerced into a web of deceit and betrayal that leads her to a great moral struggle that may ultimatley cost her everything.
Truly eloquent; what a pleasurable read!


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James, Henry, 1843-1916
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