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Image of Josephine

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Hardcover, 0 pages
Published 1988 by Amereon Ltd (first published 1945)
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May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mr. Tarkington was a good writer-- I can't wait to read more of his work.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It asks the question, is a person who openly displays her entire self, good and bad alike, any worse than someone who intentionally only displays the good and hides all the bad so that everyone, especially themselves, thinks they are good? Not a question I've seen before, so amid all the dramatic, soap opera-y glory that is this novel, I actually found something thought provoking.

LMAO at reviews saying "Josephine was an unappealing person" -- that's the whole ent
Sarah Sammis
May 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: released
Let me start by saying I loved Image of Josephine by Booth Tarkington and that I'm surprised not to see more written about it online. It's one of the last two novels by a Pulitzer Prize winning author (The Magnificent Ambersons, 1918 and Alice Adams, 1921).

Who is Josephine? The most intimate portrait we get of her comes in the four chapters (34 pages) when she's an a typical American teenage girl, though one of means who is probably oblivious of the Great Depression. We learn that she will be ta
Ashley Bostrom
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-ethiopia
This book gets a blurb because it’s a diamond in the rough. Booth Tarkington is a Pulitzer Prize winning author, and yet this book is never talked about. Tarktington paints a vivid description of Bailey Fount, a WWII survivor who was affected both physically and mentally during his tour. During his medical leave, he works in a museum run by his cousin, and it is through his shell-shocked eyes that we rediscover Josephine Oaklin – a character who had been a mystery since her childhood description ...more
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not unlike Magnificent Ambersons, but shorter and less complex, this is a somewhat soapy drama, with lots of psychology that seems a bit dated and implausible. But I love popular fiction from the 1920s-1950s, stuff that reads like the author hoped a movie would be made from it. I wasn't sure if this was potentially a Katherine Hepburn movie or not -- they'd have to really tone down Josephine's toxic personality, I suppose. Not great literature, but the plot kept me wanting to know how it all tur ...more
Oct 28, 2009 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own, fiction
So, Booth Tarkington is not a fictional character invented by Kurt Vonnegut?!?!?
I guess I should have know that already, since I've owned this book since last October.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
The psychology was so far from what we know of human nature that it was unbelievable for me. And Josephine herself was a very unappealing person. So not much fun to read.
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Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is one of only three novelists to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction/Novel more than once, along with William Faulkner and John Updike. Although he is little read now, in the 1910s and 1920s he was considered America's greatest living author.
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