What Maisie Knew

What Maisie Knew

eBook - 2010
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Floating Press
Maisie's parents go through an acrimonious divorce when she is very young, and the court decrees that she will travel between them, spending time with each. They do not hesitate to use her in their war against each other, and she is neglected and abandoned by them as they each remarry and then take further lovers. The story follows her to maturity, when she is able to decide her own fate.

Publisher: [Auckland, N.Z.] : Floating Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781775417408
1775417409
Characteristics: 1 electronic document (467 p.)

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lukasevansherman
Sep 12, 2014

"This would make a great movie!" That's a thought that no reader of Henry James has ever had. Yet somehow they've made a number of movies of his books, including a few of his most difficult, like "The Golden Bowl" and "What Maisie Knew." The seemingly straightforward story of a young girl left adrift after her parents' acrimonious divorce, this is one of James's greatest excursions into the inner life and consciousness of a character and certainly one of the first novel's to try and understand and child's point of view. Dense, complex, and cerebral, it's never an easy read, but it is a rewarding one. Looking for an easier entry into James's formidable oeuvre? Try "Daisy Miller," "Washington Square," or "The Turn of the Screw."

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sdswbob
Apr 15, 2014

A Little Girl used as a Bargaining Chip by her Parents, finds people who actually love her. She LOVES these two people and the life she has with them. Will this Little Girl be allowed to BE a Little Girl or a Token/Prize that the Parents/Court have made her out to be?

jmorris11 Jun 04, 2013

I found the book a little difficult to read since there was more description than actual dialogue or plot.

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sykch
Aug 20, 2011

This book was on a list of Penelope Lively’s (Moon Tiger) favorites, but there’s probably a reason as to why this is not a Henry James best-known. I could not get beyond the second chapter. Henry James got away with writing the view point of a young woman in several of his more famous books, but a viewpoint of a child…not so much. Obtuse, flowery sentences like “she saw more and more; she saw too much” are all over the place. He never breaks out into a story-telling narrative, as he does so successfully in his other books. Nevertheless, it is an unusual topic for a writer of the time…the viewpoint of a young child amid divorce. If you’ve gone beyond the second chapter and enjoyed the book, please write a counter review; I would love to know that I gave up too early.

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