Mrs Osmond by John Banville

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Read Mrs Osmond Online Free - A rich historical novel about the aftermath of betrayal, from the Booker prize-winning author.

What was freedom, she thought, other than the right to exercise one's choices?

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.

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ISBN : 0241260175
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Tony rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 19, 2017

MRS. OSMOND. (2017). John Banville. **. Banville is one of the best writers working today. That being said, there’s always a chance of a less than spectacular book resulting from even the best of authors. This is one of those books where nothing seems to happen. I have a personal criterion: If no...

Roman Clodia rated it ★★★☆☆

August 30, 2017

John Banville returning to Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady seems like an ideal match - the result, though, is more puzzling, less satisfying that I expected. Firstly, Banville's style never matches the cool elegance and precision of James, and there are jarring colloquialisms that ensure we'r...

Jenny rated it ★★★★★

August 11, 2017

I gave up on John Banville years ago. He seemed to be writing the same novel, over and over again; I haven't picked up a new book by him in a decade. This new novel intrigued me enough to try him again. (Thank you to Edelweiss and Knopf for the ARC). The word that best comes to mind in reviewing t...

Always Pink rated it ★★★★★

October 22, 2017

First of all, I have to admit that I have not (as yet) read Henry James' "Portrait of a Lady". Thus I cannot compare John Banville's style - unfavourably - to that of his predecessor, as most critics seem to do. What I can say, though, is that Banville succeeds in (re)creating a modern version of...

Sue rated it ★★★★☆

September 22, 2017

With thanks to Penguin UK Viking via NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. It is 40 years since I read ‘A Portrait of a Lady’ as a student and I remembered little of it apart from the basic plot. It was a delight to me to revisit it in the first part of this sequel by John Banville, mo...

Eric rated it ★★★★★

January 02, 2018

I first read Henry James’ “The Portrait of a Lady” when I was in college, but reread it several years ago (one of the only “classics” I’ve ever reread) for a book club I was in. Part of me has always dreaded picking up a novel by Henry James because his style is so dry with complicated (albeit be...

Mandy rated it ★★★☆☆

October 21, 2017

I don’t enjoy reading either Henry James or John Banville so it seemed unlikely that reading Banville’s sequel to James’ The Portrait of a Lady would do it for me. But much to my surprise it did – up to a point. I really enjoyed most of the book. Banville managed to channel James in a way that se...

Eleanor rated it ★★★★★

September 22, 2017

Completely brilliant. Banville's technical skill in the language he chooses, and his command thereof, is never less than astonishing. It's not necessary to have read The Portrait of a Lady before this, though I certainly will do now, and suspect I'll find that Banville's reimagining of Isabel Arc...

DoctorM rated it ★★★☆☆

December 25, 2017

An interesting conceit--- Banville has done a sequel to Henry James' "Portrait of a Lady", and done it very neatly in James' own style. Well-written, with very good extrapolations of the lives and attitudes of the characters in "Portrait of a Lady", and with a very sharp eye for some the issues i...

Caren rated it ★★★★☆

October 21, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyable to be swept into Banville's "sequel" to Henry James' Portrait of a Lady. The 19th century style, fluency, and eye for meticulous detail, kept me engaged in the story of Isabel Archer's response to her betrayal in Rome. Only the ending disappointed me, seeming contrived and im...

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