Most of the group already liked this author’s work, but chose the book without having realised that a film version was about to be released.
However, the choice was not a success… Despite favouring Henry James, the group members keenly disliked this particular title, for a number of reasons:
- It’s not written in his usual style – we felt that the language was convoluted and the phrasing very difficult to follow, even muddled.
- Nothing much seems to happen in the story, other than the tossing of the poor child back and forth by the parties involved.
- There was not a single likeable character (other than poor Maisie). There was not even a great villain. All characters were either selfish, weak or both.
The meeting lasted just 50 minutes – very damning!