Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Return of Henry James

I look at the first page of The Golden Bowl, and see all those damn commas, and I want to scream. I'm trying to think about it this way: James's most, ah, Jamesian period was his "Old Pretender" phase in which he wrote three novels: The Ambassadors, The Wings of the Dove, and The Golden Bowl. And this is the only one I haven't read. And I will conquer it. I will not be defeated by you, Henry James. You don't scare me!

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brendaough said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog....I also have read The English Patient multiple times and each time there`s something new....another layer. I too can`t run fast enough from Henry James....love your cat picture. You SHOULD read Life of Pi. AND....the best Canadian novel of all time...No Great Mischief. It won the Dublin Award and is heartbreakingly beautiful.

Kristin said...

Thanks for enjoying my blog...I've been neglecting it lately, but then again I haven't been reading much.

I was just thinking about Life of Pi yesterday, but I have never heard of No Great Mischief.

brendaough said...

Hi again...I taught Canadian lit for years and No Great Mischief is my favorite book. And it is true, Alistair MacLeod is not well known outside of Canada. He is actually more well known for his short stories; NGM is his only novel to date. More on James...I picked up The Wings of a Dove because I am going to Venice this summer and had enjoyed the movie...but honestly, I don`t know whether I can stick with it or not! Did you read The Master by Toibin...good portrayal of James . Wish I could get as enthused as he is.