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What Maisie Knew by Henry James
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Dec 23, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: school
Read in December, 2010

Reading this after The Ambassadors was inevitably going to be a letdown. But even independent of that, I find stories narrated from the perspective of a child to be quite disconcerting. Like Turn of the Screw, WMK has a lot of scandalous material that I was surprised to find in a late 19th century novel, including the nasty consequences of divorce, characters swapping and dropping partners every few pages, and a description of Maisie's mother stumbling out of her bedroom post-coitus, half dressed and giggling. Quelle scandale!

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