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The Master: A Novel by Colm Tóibín

The Master: A Novel (2004)

by Colm Tóibín

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Even for those readers for whom Henry James is definitely not The Master, the insights into his personality, passive behavior, and precise, calculating expression of emotions
illuminate the often solitary life of a writer. The pace of the book veers into belabored, considering, as James does in his books, almost every possible angle of consideration
of many boring rich people's concerns.

Death pervades much of the mood and readers will likely wish that he had stayed with the beloved dying cousin who loved him above all others rather than taking off on a pleasure
trip to Rome, consoling her with tales of all the fun he was having. As well, it would have been welcome if the very well off James family had not made this young girl feel "penniless"
and without prospects, hastening her illness.

I sloughed through because this was the book I had chosen to fulfill the Irish Author Challenge and was near catatonic until William James came to Rye and spoke his mind!

Henry James wrote some great travelogue descriptions, but his novels can be wrenching, stilted with repression of feelings and actions. ( )
  m.belljackson | Apr 26, 2018 |
A wonderful imagining of the inner life and social life of Henry James ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Aug 20, 2017 |
Beautiful novel written in a magnificent style, highly recommended even if you haven't read anything of Henry James (neither have I). ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
I'm a fan of Toibin but I fear this is not his best work. It seems an idiosyncratic of specialization that only the author and few people are interested in. There is nothing new or inventive about the novel, just a suturing of parts. ( )
  hansel714 | Dec 30, 2016 |
This book re-ignited my love of reading and introduced me to Henry James. ( )
  siok | Dec 19, 2016 |
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''The Master'' is sure to be greatly admired by James devotees; just as surely it will strike less ardent readers as the kind of book in which not much actually happens.
Whatever Toibin's literary-critical and ideological interest in James, ''The Master'' is unquestionably the work of a first-rate novelist -- one who has for the past decade been writing excellent novels about people cut off from their feelings or families or both.

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Colm Tóibínprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bandini, DitteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bandini, GiovanniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hope, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Like Michael Cunningham in The Hours, Colm Tóibín captures the extraordinary mind and heart of a great writer. Beautiful and profoundly moving, The Master tells the story of a man born into one of America's first intellectual families who leaves his country in the late nineteenth century to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers.

In stunningly resonant prose, Tóibín captures the loneliness and the hope of a master of psychological subtlety whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed those he tried to love. The emotional intensity of this portrait is riveting.

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Nineteenth-century writer Henry James is heartbroken when his first play performs poorly in contrast to Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" and struggles with subsequent doubts about his sexual identity.

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