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Washington Square

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(4,147 Sterne; 95 Bewertungen)

Washington Square is a short novel by Henry James. Originally published in 1880 as a serial in Cornhill Magazine and Harper's New Monthly Magazine, it is a structurally simple tragicomedy that recounts the conflict between a dull but sweet daughter and her brilliant, domineering father.

The book is often compared to Jane Austen's work for the clarity and grace of its prose and its intense focus on family relationships. James was hardly a great admirer of Jane Austen, so he might not have regarded the comparison as flattering. In fact, James was not a great fan of Washington Square itself. He tried to read it over for inclusion in the New York Edition of his fiction (1907-1909) but found that he couldn't, and the novel was not included. Other readers, though, have sufficiently enjoyed the book to make it one of the more popular works of the Jamesian canon. (summary from Wikipedia) (7 hr 45 min)


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story of young love & stubborn personalities

(5 Sterne)

the reader starts off a little rough but she finds her groove by chapter 3 and does a nice job reading this. the audio is echoed a bit in a few chapter but i turned the volume up and the chapter was short. thank you for volunteering your time to read! this book is about a young woman who is flattered by a dashing handsome man whom her father disapproves of - at one point he says he like the man and finds him to be great company at dinner parties but when it comes to that man wanting to court/date/marry his daughter he DOES NOT like him. so funny how dads are the same even over 100years ago. the young lady in the book also has a meddlesome aunt (2 aunts, don't get them confused in the beginning like i did) - this one aunt almost wants to live her nieces life for her. i recommend this book to ALL young ladies who have fathers at home who disapprove of the man they are interested in... and any other females that want to read. its starts off slow or hard to follow, but by chapter 3-4 i was hooked.

Interesting story beautifully read.

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Dawn did such a wonderful job in bringing this book to life again. I read this novel thirty years ago and, on listening to it again, I have a completely different perspective. I thought this book was only about a rogue wanting to marry for money. Now I think that wealth can be such burden. In this case Catherine remained passive and was controlled by others. She really didn't do much with her life, because she didn't have to strive as she was so comfortably off. What a shame her father didn't instil some ambition in her. What a waste of a life. Thank you Dawn for your superb reading.

(5 Sterne)

This novel held my attention with every situation. I enjoyed the characters but especially Katherine , her father and the good looking fortune hunter. I really loved the conclusion, such dignity on her part and the determination on that dam devil. LOL. A great big thank you to the reader and librovox.

(1 Sterne)

Gave Henry another try. Still find his books depressing and not interesting. His characters seem so immature and narcissistic, even when they believe they're doing something for someone else. Their choices are mostly based on emotions or prejudices. I will continue on .........

As Expected

(3,5 Sterne)

Henry James is still the same. But I think it is so restrained that it feels boring to me. But it did work as background to knitting. The Reader is good. Only a few odd pronunciations

good story and characters, well read

(4 Sterne)

I liked the story but was disappointed with the ending. Not the Jane Austen-esque ending I was hoping for.

A favorite

(5 Sterne)

Reader does a good job . This is a personal favorite book . Definitely worth a listen.


(3,5 Sterne)

Enjoyed the reader. Simple story.