The plot of the novel is based upon a true story told to James by his close friend, British actress Fanny Kemble.
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Enjoyable. Thought provoking. Frustrating.
The language is rich, filled with irony and humor. However, by today’s standards the storyline is overwrought and droll. I found the ending unsatisfactory and unfulfilling, though what you would expect from the main character.
Dated but relevant
Vivid, enigmatic characters set in Victorian-era Manhattan struggle against each other to find meaning in a senseless, superficial world of privilege.