Henry James’ stories are classic gems of subtle wit and irony. Set in the exacting social landscape of New York City at the turn of the century, Washington Square is the tale of a wealthy but shy young woman caught between conflicting family expectations. John McDonough’s warm narration traces her remarkable inner journey.
In Henry James' Washington Square, a loving but simple daughter struggles to live up to her brilliant father's expectations. This tragicomedy looks at family and betrayal through this one strained parent-child relationship. John McDonough, in his versatile British voice, performs this classic stylishly. With a bright and formal tone, McDonough tackles the lyrical language with vigor. Using his vocal range, McDonough spiritedly embodies both male and female characters. Moreover, his expert pacing and smart pauses make this audiobook a cinch to follow.
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'One of the nicest old ladies I ever met'
- W Perry Hall "One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope"
Timeless Classic and insightful
Our Book Club read this novel. We are a critical literary group and WS was an excellent study in early 1900's literature. We are now reading 'The Master' by Colm Toibin in a study of Henry James.
When the sister of the suitor told the Doctor 'Don't let your daughter marry my brother". That turned the tide.
His deep well spoken voice was easy to listen to and suited the story.
- Eenee "Say something about yourself!"