Lately I’d been realising that it had been a while since I’d picked up anything from within the classic cannon to read. That’s not to say that I haven’t been reading lot of things from the past, as I have been picking up an awful lot of historical fiction, yet all of these have been fairly newer releases and not anything actually written in the past. I always find myself drawn back to the genre of classic fiction, and with many of these unread books on my shelves it’s always hard to decide which one to pick up next. In the end the book I settled on was Washington Square by Henry James. I’ve read one other book by James, arguably his most iconic novel, The Turn of the Screw. I really enjoyed The Turn when I read it a few years ago, and I thought picking up something a little bit different from this author would be quit telling as to whether I did really like his writing style.
Whereas The Turn is a Gothic read, Washington Square can be seen as a tragicomedy. It follows events relating to Dr Sloper and his daughter Catherine. When Catherine falls in love with the handsome Morris Townsend her life is complete, yet her father will never reconcile himself to the thought of his daughter marrying someone such as Morris, a man he is certain cares more for Catherine’s inheritance than her personality. The catch is great, for if Catherine defies her father’s wishes he makes it clear than she will not see a penny of his considerable fortune. For Catherine her love is worth more than any amount of money, but does her would be suitor truly feel the same?