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The Golden Bowl
Henry James
190 Installments

A kind-hearted father and daughter and their dazzling but unscrupulous spouses form a close-knit world onto themselves in this intricately woven portrait of betrayal. Remarkable for its ability to pull a page-turner out of an intensely internal narrative mired deep in the minds of its characters, this work is a favorite among James aficionados.

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Nov. 7, 2013
 
Nov. 7, 2013
I have to say this book is not the best choice to read on line because it is based on such exquisite subtleties that it requires some rereading on occasion. It is SO subtle that I think most modern readers would toss it over their shoulders after the first 100 pages if not before. The writing is ornate, even for James, and the sentence structures sometimes a real challenge to parse. Maggie's method of dealing with a truly horrible situation and finding, most of the way through, that her father is aware of everything, provides a perversity that I am not sure a reader of today could even begin to understand. Interestingly for me, I found the father-daughter relationship utterly treacly and even distasteful at the beginning of the book. By the end I admired their complete sympathy for one another.
 
Nov. 7, 2013
 
Nov. 7, 2013
The Golden Bowl
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