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Abandoned – What Maisie Knew by Henry James

Posted by Caitie F on October 27, 2009

I know, I know, I posted last week that I liked this and wanted to keep reading it but…I just couldn’t.

I enjoyed the story, but it was just SO slow. The characters were interesting and it tackled the subject of the effect of divorce on a child before it happened everyday which was fascinating. I had read 80 pages and that 80 pages took me over 3 weeks. I just can’t do it!

Maybe I will try again at another time. but for now, this is an abandoned book.

Here is the summary from amazon if you think you may be interested!

“Novel by Henry James, published in 1897. Set mostly in England, the novel is related from the perspective of Maisie, a preadolescent whose parents were divorced when she was six years old and who spends six months of the year with each parent. The only emotional constant in Maisie’s life is Mrs. Wix, a motherly old governess. Maisie’s parents marry other partners, but neither marriage succeeds. Her new stepparents are attracted to each other, divorce Maisie’s parents, and marry. Maisie knows intuitively that she cannot depend on the adults in her life, and she chooses to live with Mrs. Wix, on whose unconditional love she can depend”

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