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Stepping into the tracks of a master - Henry James , by picking up one of his main characters - Isabel Archer and attempting a sequel to his pivotal work - ‘A Portrait of a Lady’ takes a lot of courage - how avoid falling into the traps of hindsight on social developments of the period that James witnessed fist-hand and rendered in all their tentativeness? However, the risk of incredulity is beautifully managed by Banville by letting the plot appear to be driven by the often spontaneous and at times erratic steps of Isabel, in the wail hitting the nail on what makes the spirit of ‘the Portrait’. While remaining throughout faithful to the original, the contemporary sequel develops a logical sequel to Isabel’s marital disappointment as Mrs Osmond into joining the cause of the Souffragettes. With a subtle and differentiated reading Amy Finegan’s hits congenially the nail - making this one of the most perfect audiobooks!
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very enjoyable story, I loved "portrait" and wasn't disappointed by this. the ending was enigmatic!