Book Review: Washington Square by Henry James

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Washington Square is a short novel by Henry James. Originally published in 1880 as a serial in Cornhill Magazine and Harper's New Monthly Magazine, it is a structurally simple tragicomedy that recounts the conflict between a dull but sweet daughter and her brilliant, domineering father. The plot of the novel is based upon a true story told to James by his close friend, British actress Fanny Kemble. The book is often compared to Jane Austen's work for the clarity and grace of its prose and its intense focus on family relationships. James was hardly a great admirer of Jane Austen, so he might not have regarded the comparison as flattering. In fact, James was not a great fan of Washington Square itself. He tried to read it over for inclusion in the New York Edition of his fiction (1907–1909) but found that he couldn't, and the novel was not included. Other readers, though, have sufficiently enjoyed the book to make it one of the more popular works of the Jamesian canon.
--Taken from the Wikipedia article on Washington Square

I've always loved Jane Austen, and Washington Square's similarity to her writing struck me immediately. However, perhaps because it was written by an American author and was written eight or nine decades later than the works of Austen, it is less difficult to read through - in short, a slightly quicker read than, say, Persuasion.

Unlike Jane Austen's heroines, Catherine Sloper was a totally bland MC. I didn't like her very much - what was really interesting was the relationship between Catherine and her father. Dr. Sloper was really unfair (it seems like I'm reading a lot of books featuring unfair parents nowadays), and I hated how he was so blindly prejudiced against Morris and Catherine's relationship from the very beginning.

Kinda hard to review a classic.... so anyway, it was pretty good, but JANE AUSTEN IS BETTER. SO GET OFF THE COMPUTER AND READ PRIDE AND PREJUDICE ALREADY!
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