The Awkward Age
Making her debut in London society, Nanda Brookenham is being groomed for the marriage market. Thrust suddenly into the superficial and immoral circle that surrounds her mother, the innocent but independent-minded young woman even finds herself in competition with Mrs Brookenham for the affection of the man she admires. Only an elderly bachelor, Mr Longdon, is immune to this world of greed and scheming, and determines to rescue Nanda from its corrupting influences out of loyalty to the deep love he once felt for her grandmother. In The Awkward Age (1899), Henry James explores the English character, and the clash between old and new money with a light and subtly ironic touch to create a devastating critique of society and its machinations.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - NancyKay_Shapiro - LibraryThing
I read this years ago, but rereading it now, I see that I made nothing of it at the time. THIS time, going very carefully, making sure not to get lost in the intricate layers of the dialogue, I found ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pmegan - LibraryThing
Another great plot and unreadable book from Henry James. Why are all his books like that? Great stories... but reading it is like hiking through waist-deep mud. The story of Nanda, a young debutante who isn't quite an innocent as she's supposed to be. Read full review