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Following a violent and messy divorce, young Maisie Farange floats back and forth between her parents, Beale and Ida, who use her as a weapon to torment each other in their ongoing, internecine war. Eventually the parents both remarry, and it becomes clear that the new spouses care more for Maisie than her own parents. Beale and Ida soon embark on a series of extramarital affairs, leaving Maisie in the care of the new step-parents, who begin their own affair with each other. What Maisie Knew is a remarkable tour de force from James's late-middle period, and an insightful look at the psyche of a child who is thrust into the adult world of drama and failed relationships. 

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  • 22-06-2020

Not a book for Audible

I love Henry Jame and I adore Juliet Stevenson: but this book is for in-print reading not for Audible listening. I have listened to most books read/performed by Stevenson, therefore I am hesitant to say that there was something about her interpretation that made it almost impossible for me to follow the plot. I can only surmise that this is one of those rare books that can be appreciated only in print and in the reader's own mental voice.
It was impossible for me to keep the characters straight. Particularly Mrs. Wix, Mrs.Farange got totally mixed up in my mind... The age of the girl (Maisie), which must necessarily change over time, but which is never specified, is also a confusing element.
However I sense that the book must be beautiful (in terms of very modern plot, daring even!, and fantastic portraiture of human frailty).
This audiobook left me puzzled, disappointed and dissatisfied: but with a great desire to read the printed book on my own.

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