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The Golden Bowl by Henry James

The Golden Bowl (1904)

by Henry James

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A difficult book to rate. Henry James writes beautifully , that is, if you can understand the convoluted sentences, which may take you re-readings. It is also a difficult plot to fathom cos it is being told chiefly from the viewpoint of Maggie, which isn't explicit. Parts of the plot are also told through the dialogue of the Assinghams, which is again not explicit. Maggie is a character that you dislike the more the plot develops, she assumes too much and thinks that she knows. She sees knowledge as power and seeks to deprive others of it. ( )
1 vote siok | Aug 20, 2016 |
What is best about James' work in this novel is the degree to which he represents people as complicated beings with mixed motives and the chance to grow and change over time. What is worst is the slow pace of the plot and the disregard of the reader's need to, at some point, end one sentence and start a new one. Overall, the result of this mix of qualities was positive for this book. I was left with a sense of hope for the happiness of most of the characters, though I was less sure about Charlotte. It was also interesting to see the use of the bowl to represent the overall conflict.

This was a complicated and nuanced book that required effort to read. It was worth the effort. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed The Ambassadors, and if there is anyone out there who enjoyed The Wings of the Dove this book will be easy to also enjoy. ( )
1 vote karmiel | Aug 12, 2015 |
Very fine, fascinating writing, too refined to be very good ( )
  cancione | Jun 24, 2015 |
It appears as though his earlier works were better written. By the time I got to "The Wings of the Dove" (1902) I had grown tired of him. By the end of his career, there wasn't a simple action or thought that he couldn't convey in an unending stream of words. His mantra seemed to be, "I could be succinct, but why? I enjoy writing. I couldn't give a damn whether I burden the reader with my verbal diarrhea." A highly overrated writer, maybe because he was an ex-patriot. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
"I've just read The Golden Bowl and the last 2 vols of Leon Edel's Henry James biography which I enjoyed very much." (Letter to Bob Smith, 13 April 1973.) (Pym, A very private eye. Granada, 1985. p. 383.)
"I have chosen ... for my Desert Island Discs ... the book Henry James The Golden Bowl (which I have already stumbled through once)." (Letter to Philip Larkin, 27 July 1978.) (Pym, A very private eye. Granada, 1985. p. 444.)
  Barbara_Pym | Aug 26, 2013 |
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Donoghue, DenisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Prince had always liked his London, when it had come to him; he was one of the modern Romans who find by the Thames a more convincing image of the truth of the ancient state than any they have left by the Tiber.
Mr. Gutermann-Seuss proved, on the second day - our friend had waited till
then - a remarkably genial, a positively lustrous young man occupying a
small neat house in a quarter of the place remote from the front and
living, as immediate and striking signs testified, in the bosom of his
family. Our visitors found themselves introduced, by the operation of
close contiguity, to a numerous group of ladies and gentlemen older and
younger, and of children larger and smaller, who mostly affected them as
scarce less anointed for hospitality and who produced at first the
impression of a birthday party, or some anniversary gregariously and
religiously kept, though they subsequently fell into their places as
members of one quiet domestic circle, preponderantly and directly indebted
for their being in fact to Mr. Gutermann-Seuss.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140432353, Paperback)

'This story of the alliance between Italian aristocracy and American millionaires is "a work unique among all [James'] novels: it is [his] only novel in which things come out right for his characters ...he had finally resolved the questions, curious and passionate, that had kept him at his desk on his inquiries into the process of living. He could now make his peace with America - and he could now collect and unify the work of a lifetime' - Leon Edel in "The Life of Henry James".

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James' controversial novel probes the mind of an American heiress as she becomes aware of the affair between her husband and her father's young wife.

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