It’s that time again. Time to find a copy of the next book. Very soon A Classic Case of Madness will be starting book fourteen on the WEM fiction list:
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Henry James is a realist, one who employs the use of a confidant. What’s a confidant? Cliffs Notes explains, “The confidant is a person of great sensibility to whom the main character reveals his or her innermost thoughts (as long as they are within the bounds of propriety). The confidant is essentially a listener and in some cases an adviser.”
“Essentially, the confidant observes the action from a distance, comments on this action, and is a person of exceptional sensitivity and perception, who allows the main character to respond more deeply and subtly to certain situations.”
Fellow readers, you are our confidants. Your comments allow us to “respond more deeply” to the stories we read. Grab a copy of the classic, and get ready to join us as we follow the main character Isabel Archer in The Portrait of a Lady.
I’ll leave you with Amazon’s description of Henry James’ story:
Capturing the grandeur of a gracious, splendid Europe of wealth and Old World sensibilities, this glorious, complex novel has become a touchstone for a great writer’s entire literary achievement. From the opening pages, when the high-spirited American girl Isabel Archer arrives at the English manor Gardencourt, James’s luminous, superbly crafted prose creates an atmosphere of intensity, expectation, and incomparable beauty.