What Maisie Knew

What Maisie Knew, by Henry JamesThe Pimlico Library Book Group’s September book was What Maisie Knew, by Henry James.

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!

When God was a Rabbit, by Sarah WinmanThe group next meets on 29 October, to discuss When God Was a Rabbit, by Sarah Winman. Let’s hope it proves more popular…



2 responses to “What Maisie Knew

  1. Interesting post. look forward to the next review.


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