Mrs. Osmond

Mrs. Osmond

Book - 2017
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Isabel Osmond, a spirited, intelligent young heiress, flees to London after being betrayed by her husband, to be with her beloved cousin Ralph on his deathbed. After a somber, silent existence at her husband's Roman palazzo, Isabel's daring departure to London reawakens her youthful quest for freedom and independence, as old suitors resurface and loyal friends remind her of happier times. But soon Isabel must decide whether to return to Rome to face up to the web of deceit in which she has become entangled or to strike out on her own once more.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
ISBN: 9780451493422
Characteristics: 369 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Mrs. Osmond : a novel


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Apr 19, 2018

A worthy sequel to Henry James' "Portrait." A labor of love that to a less gifted writer would have seemed extraordinarily difficult to accomplish. Banville's polished writing is a joy to read, from start to a fittingly enigmatic finish.

Apr 07, 2018

'Mrs. Osmond' continues the story of Isabel Archer Osmond in Henry James’s 'The Portrait of a Lady.' Banville captures the time and place, even very Jamesian writing, with a conclusion that suits what Mrs. Osmond becomes in her second chance at a meaningful life. Outstanding.

Dec 20, 2017

Fabulous, most memorable, extremely enjoyable.
Banville is an artist with language and his characters are drawn carefully enough that the reader will remember them. Highly praise!

abruzzo79 Dec 18, 2017


Nov 22, 2017

Banville had me hooked! His rich, descriptive narrative captivates, not as much in the narrative as in the alure of his invitation to BE in the setting. Whether looking at a painting or the dress of a lady or upon a meeting - the reader steps into the scene. He uses words like indubitably or athwart and uses commas in sentences that once went on for a quarter page. The mix of story, style, humor and inventiveness kept me delighting in each page. A remarkable writer!

Nicr Sep 27, 2017

Isabel Archer Osmond's exit from Gardencourt following the death of her cousin Ralph is the launching point for Banville's resumption of the Henry James heroine's story. She decides to buy her way out of her mercenary marriage; how she ransoms herself forms the plot of the novel.Gorgeous sentence upon gorgeous sentence, her story unfolds. There really is no finer stylist in contemporary fiction.


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