Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 25, Doreen Petersen rated it it was ok Shelves: classics. It was just okay. Hoping sequel is better.
I wouldn't bother with this one. Jun 24, Linda rated it it was amazing. James is a superb writer.
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Although his paragraphs are very long and intricate, his story telling is amazing. The descriptions of Venice are dazzling. James understood women very well and this story circles around three friends and variations on love and money. Our book group is reading this novel for September. View 2 comments. Oct 07, Scott O.
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I couldn't wait to finish and definitely will not be reading volume 2. To use James' own words, this book was just a bunch of "twaddle. I can entirely imagine this sort of writing is what drove Hemingway to his condensed style. I could see if the mid-sentence interruptions were poetic or added texture to the Wow, without a doubt, the worst book I've ever read. I could see if the mid-sentence interruptions were poetic or added texture to the overall story. But they mostly were just that - interruptions that made his prose unbearable. Unfortunately, and amazingly, there are two more of his books on my top list that I'll have to ignore.
I just can't stomach this sort of writing.
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Cumbersome to read and wholly about nothing. Looking back after grueling pages I still don't see a story. Nothing happens and I could care less about the inner lives of these unimportant snobs and their imagined conflicts. Give me a break. There is the "crypto-gibberish" of John Dos Passos, which takes a little work to be decoded but can be as pleasurable as a painting or poem once apprehended. Then there's the "total" gibberish of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, in which something is ostensibly buried in impenetrable word salad that, to be honest, probably exists for no reason other than to hea Pt.
Then there's the "total" gibberish of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, in which something is ostensibly buried in impenetrable word salad that, to be honest, probably exists for no reason other than to hear itself clang , but is designed not to be found so why bother? Finally - and most reprhensible of all - is the "estates" gibberish of Henry James. I acknowledge a certain flaw in this taxonomy. Henry James's original style placed him at odds with - rather than in league with - the cavalier stylings of Joyce, et al. James didn't make up words, talk about pooping, or make up words to talk about pooping.
James wouldn't have talked about pooping at all - obliquely or not - he was far too british for that. James, in fact, was ferociously proud of his perfect English elocution and prose - prose that was so masterful and self defeating a metaphor for the fat-elvis period of court and empire itself - that his became a language comprehensible to a very few. Once that mode of communicating crosses a certain vector of eccentricity, it passes a point of no return.
Language, at that point, does become like nunchaku - terrifying and frantic; destined to destroy something maybe everything but unable to focus and make its point any longer. Rather than persuade, nunchaku force one to flee or fight. The purpose of the English novel has been debated, but few have argued that it is inherently an unreasonable object that must either be fought or run away from. Proponents of the form suggest the English novel is basically good for you.
Language applied like James in is like a shotgun discharged point blank at a human face. It does that human face no good whatsoever. You'll notice this section is blank. Oct 28, Christie Bane rated it it was ok. Well, at least this is slightly more readable than James Joyce, and if everything by him is one star, I guess I will be generous and give Henry James two.
I know the names of the main characters and that there's something happening with an English girl who's in love with a guy who's not wealthy, and who can't be with that guy because of her controlling rich aunt for some reason I can't figure out. Also there's a very rich American girl with no family but with a "companion", an older woman named Well, at least this is slightly more readable than James Joyce, and if everything by him is one star, I guess I will be generous and give Henry James two. Also there's a very rich American girl with no family but with a "companion", an older woman named Susan who was friends long ago with the controlling aunt back in England.
I am not really sure what any of these people have to do with each other, but they all meet up in England and I still have Volume Two to figure out what happens. By my standards of "I have to enjoy a book for it to be a good book", this is not a good book. It's a lot of work. I will persevere. It was better than I expected. At least, that's when I could focus on the story instead of all the commas.
Seriously, Henry James used more commas in a sentence that a teenager uses "like. Tonja rated it really liked it May 19, There wasn't a single second where I was bored or waiting for the film to end. I'm not usually the biggest fan of a period romance, but I was blown away by this one. The score is incredible. It sets the perfect ambiance for the film and makes you feel like you are with these characters. The ending left me in a complete catharsis. I was just numb, staring at the screen in disbelief.
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