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Washington Square Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Washington Square (Unabridged), by Henry James
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 0 (7,331 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Peter Joyce Publisher: Assembled Stories Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 'Washington Square' James treats on a subject about which he was passionate - the relationship between parents and their children. Dr Sloper, a wealthy man, is in a difficult position. His son has died aged three years old. His wife also dies within two weeks of giving birth to their surviving daughter Catherine. She is a plain awkward child, yet capable of giving immense affection.

She becomes fascinated by would-be man of the world Morris Townsend, falling in love with him very swiftly.

Is Morris a fortune hunter? Is Catherine capable of making the right decision? Has Dr Sloper the right to control his daughter's destiny? The battle of wills is long and James, one feels, is not sure of the resolution. In Sloper's time and class what could he do? Listeners will find themselves caught on the horns of this moving dilemma.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Becky | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoyed listening to this book, but I wanted the heroine, who everyone thought was rather pathetic, to prove them wrong. Catherine appears to be smarter towards the end of the book, but never gets to be happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Sherry | 2/14/2014

    " This book is worth more than three stars, but I can't say that I loved it. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Sarah | 2/10/2014

    " Excellent livre comme tout les Jules Verne "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Alison | 2/7/2014

    " so, I really had no feelings about this book... I didn't really care what happened to anyone... so yeah "

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About the Author
Author Henry James

Henry James (1843–1916), American novelist, short-story writer, and man of letters, was born in Washington Place, New York, to a family of distinguished philosophers and theologians. He attended schools in New York, Boston, and throughout Europe, where he later settled. A major figure in the history of the novel, he is celebrated as a master craftsman who brought his great art and impeccable technique to bear in the development of abiding moral themes.