Because Julie has reminded me of this group's existence...
GO READ PORTRAIT OF A LADY BY HENRY JAMES. NOW. GO. STOP WHINING ABOUT YOUR LONG BOOK LISTS AND PUT THIS AT THE TOP.
Okay, fine. It's really only wonderful if you can enjoy a book for the love of language and character study. Also, if you have a fine eye for some very blatant yet intricate symbolism that overlays very subtle symbolism (meaning?).
You make us choose between Julie's want for us to read The Stranger and your want for us to read Portait of a Lady? ...::face desk:: no you don't...you ordre us to choose Portrait of a Lady.... well :p perhaps over our spring breaks we should all choose to read one or the other