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Roderick Hudson

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  374 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Cuando el acaudalado Rowland Mallet contempla por primera vez una escultura de Roderick Hudson, se queda estupefacto y considera que es obra de un genio, a la vez que se extasía con la belleza, el espíritu y el carisma del propio escultor. Así, con el deseo de conceder al empobrecido artista la oportunidad de desarrollar su talento, se lleva a Roderick a Roma, donde pronto ...more
Paperback, 503 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Verticales de bolsillo (first published 1875)
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Roderick Hudson, egotistical, beautiful, hot, and an exceptionally gifted sculptor,

but poor, is taken up by Rowland Mallet, a rich man of "fine appreciative sensibilities",

who is kind of totally in love with him and it's so kind of gay but cute, you know, and he gives him $$$ and takes him to Italy.

Like you do!!!!!

He wants Rod to develop his talent - I think we all know what THAT means.

Together Rowland & Rod they seem like twins or lovers, opposing halves of what should have been an ideal w
Max Beerbohm on James : "To read Henry James is like taking a long walk uphill with almost of a mind to turn back, until, when you look back and down, the country is magically expanded beneath your gaze, as you never saw it."

This, his 2d novel (1875), explores the double image of Rowland and Roderick - the first a rich connoisseur of art and whatnots (New England-based) who discovers a possibly talented artist, a beautiful, sensuous youth that he must mentor at all cost. R1 takes R2 to Europe --
I thought it fitting that James commenced his 1909 preface to this novel, his first, with a disquisition on the difficulty of representation—the difficulty of establishing a selective system of observation that will enable an author “to give the image and the sense of certain things while keeping them subordinate to his plan, keeping them in relation to matters more immediate and apparent, to give all the sense, in a word, without all the substance or all the surface, and so to summarise and for ...more
Christopher H.
While Roderick Hudson was Henry James's second published novel (Watch and Ward being the first and serialized in The Atlantic Monthly in 1871), he always considered Roderick Hudson his "first novel". James also freely admitted that Roderick Hudson was his take on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Marble Faun (1860).

I went into this book with my eyes wide open and ended up loving it. This is early James and is completely accessible to any and all readers. It is, in my humble opinion, a bit of a Byronic-
Justin Evans

Very indirect plot spoilers here.

This is not-quite-James. It's slow to get started - not slow the way his other novels are slow, but sloooooooooow - with long descriptions of peoples' appearances that are neither interesting nor insightful etc etc... Chapter III through the first half of XI is great, but someone has seemingly replaced a Jamesian ending with one straight out of a gothic horror novel. The final few chapters are somehow both completely superfluous (page after page of 'the alps sto
Jan 22, 2013 Cathy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathy by: professor
I read this book years ago for a college class. At the time, I was very depressed. This is not a good book to read if you are depressed. That was the genesis of my old review (at the end). I have different feelings about this book now.

This book was neither as good nor as bad as I recall. As usual, James does a spectacular job of painting the settings. He peoples his world with different types of characters, namely Americans and Europeans, artists and non-artists.

I don't recall what was so depre
Jul 11, 2007 Shawn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: James fans
One of James's first novels, this isn't as carefully nuanced as some of his best, but it's got all the usual furniture -- stifling social mores, Americans corrupted by Europe, elaborate hierarchies and elaborate prose. It's interesting to compare this to the Ambassadors, one of James' last novels. In situation and theme and circumstance, there's a lot of similarity there. But Roderick Hudson -- sometimes to its credit -- is not nearly so indirect and subtle as the Ambassadors, and sometimes peop ...more
According to the introduction, I was meant to like Roderick Hudson, and not be able to stand Rowland Mallet. What a load of rubbish; Mallet's a hero. Well, he's me, at least.
Underneath all those words, it's just a Harlequin Romance plot. But, oh, those words.
the first book that i have read entirely on iphone! i feel like hj feels guilty about a lot of things in this book. he feels guilty about having money and buying things and being a loafer even though he writes so much. he feels guilty and embarrassed about trying to be a romantic Artist because it makes you hurt everyone who loves you and kill yourself. he feels guilty about ladies because probably you should do SOMEthing for them since their lives are terrible and they are not able to make thei ...more
Rowland Mallett, a wealthy young American, meets the handsome sculptor Roderick Hudson, and whisks him off to Europe, where he expects his protégée to flourish under the influence of the Italian masters, which is indeed what he does, until the undermining appearance of beautiful but troublesome Christina Light turns the head of the young artist, who was engaged just prior to his departure for the continent, to the plain but interesting Mary Garland, to whom Rowland has also taken a shine, but re ...more
James F
The first serious full-length novel by Henry James. The narrator, Rowland Mallet, a wealthy, highly cultured and educated man without any occupation, meets a young sculptor named Roderick Hudson and, impressed with his potential talent, takes him to Italy to study, with unexpected consequences.

This is a very subtle psychological novel, and what appears to be the case superficially is often at odds with what is happening underneath; the narrator, although he seems at first (and to the last, in hi
Christopher Sutch
When you read more than one book at a time, as I compulsively do, you are often treated to surprising examples of serendipity. That is the case with this novel, which I happened to read while also reading Edith Wharton's _The Gods Arrive_. Both of these novels feature major characters who are declared (by the authors and by other characters in the respective works) artistic "geniuses" (though there is more evidence for this in James's novel than in Wharton's), and both or insufferable egotists w ...more
I wish I had read Roderick Hudson when I was sixteen. The titillating references to homosexuality and the embroidered Victorian language might have impressed me more back then.

Now I find this early Henry James novel merely jejeune. Goethe did it better.
After a long absence from Henry James, what on earth prompted me to read him again, this time one of his early novels that I had never read? It was an article in NEW YORKER which connected James with the concerns of the "young adult" novel. It's not that young adults would read James, but often what he writes about is the entrance of a young person into unnavigated adult waters, a bildungsroman, and this novel interestingly does that, and not with just one young man, but with two, or counting th ...more
Marcus Speh
I recently finished "Roderick Hudson" by Henry James--the central character from whose perspective the novel is told, Rowland Mallet, is a weak, shy character, in stark contrast to the hero of the title, the brilliant but self-destructive sculptor-genius Roderick Hudson. Oddly enough, and interestingly, it is the boringness and suppressed emotionality of Rowland which makes this book work. Perhaps because it highlights the difference to Roderick's creative Tsunami. When the Roderick's storm, par ...more
My first read of a Henry James novel. His second I believe (am I wrong about that?). From what I've read about the novel, it was actually a serialisation in a magazine, and not a fully fledged novel (not sure if that makes a difference or not).

I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure why. I found it difficult to like any of the characters, especially Roderick Hudson, a stereotypical artist, with suitable "artistic temperament". Was I supposed to like Roderick?

The only character I seemed to like was Rowl
Frank Spencer
It must have been something to get stories such as this as monthly installments in Atlantic Monthly. It is available in that form here. Henry James can certainly describe a situation:
"The most that one could do, however, was to wait grimly and doggedly, suppressing an imprecation as from time to time one looked at one's watch. An attitude of positive urbanity towards life was not to be expected; it was doing one's duty to hold one's tongue and keep one's hands off one'
Jim Leckband
Who knew Henry James was a postmodernist?

Buried beneath his ornate mountains of subtle prose lies an Austerian pomo fond of authorian doubles. Roderick Hudson and Rowland Mallet are woven together by a intricate skein of yarn, like when Rowland innocently holds the yarn at the first meeting with Mary Garland ("Garland" has many meanings here - victory, wholesomeness, innocence etc.) that sets the novel in action.

The name of the book is "Roderick Hudson", but this book is about Rowland Mallet. Ro
To begin with, reading this book was kind of fun. Particularly for a novel by Henry James, its pace was surprisingly quick (perhaps unrealistically so, but I'll get to that...), and the relatively breathless (once again, for a James novel) unfolding of some rather ridiculous melodrama was eminently readable.

This was one of James's early novels, and it shows (I'm reviewing the 1875 book-version--which I believe split the last serialized chapter "Switzerland" into two chapters), especially in the
Joshua Schenck
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Henry James is my favorite author. However, this book was not tops with me. It was a little dull. Took me three yrs to read. Spent too much time on details about Italy. To many setting in churches. It was not solid in the plot. The best thing about this book is the undercurrent of homo eroticism. It the interest of the book for me. Roderick and Rowland is one of James most romantic couple, but possible because of the time he tried to force Roderick affections for Christina and Rowland for Mary G ...more
I wonder if this book would have lasted if James had not gone on to do what he did. I suspect not, since the beginning of the book is deadly dull. But you can see sparks of the great writer as the story develops, especially in the character of Rowland, the only one who really came to life for me. Though Mrs Hudson's 'tiny mind' was well observed too. Others have criticised the ending, which I thought was excellently done, the final paragraphs being chillingly sparse. The main annoyance in the bo ...more
Roderick Hudson is a promising artist. but he lacks financial means. His friend, Rowland Mallet is not an artist, but he believes in Roderick's skill and helps him financially.
At home in Massachusetts, Roderick falls in love with Mary Garland and shortly after that Rowland takes the young artist to Rome to give him the best chance at a good future. Rowland is attracted to Mary, too, but does not reveal his interest in deference to his friend.
While in Rome, Roderick meets the enchanting Christ
May 17, 2014 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.
"Mallet had made his arrangements to sail for Europe on the first of September, and having in the interval a fortnight to spare, he determined to spend it with his cousin Cecilia, the widow of a nephew of his father." And with this opening line I began my maiden voyage into the world of Henry James. This is his first (acknowledged) novel and, although it took me a while to get caught up in it, I eventually became trapped and thoroughly enjoyed it. James has a wonderful handling of language, subt ...more
What a surprise! I had always heard this was a first novel that really didn't need to be read and that The American was his first good work. I was captivated by it. His dis descriptions of Rome were lovely and I loved the final scene with the storm. Maybe a little melodramatic but worth reading for sure. And I loved all the details about the rincess Casamassima. How like Balzac to include a character in more than one book. Though I honestly don't know if she is as fascinating as he thought her. ...more
Interesting focalization. The relationships and characters in this book is what holds its head over the water. Hudson and Light are truly ahead of their time and I loved reading about them. However, the story progresses slowly.
James builds a complex, homosocial relationship between two men who are locked into social roles of mentor and student. When a young woman comes between them it begins a spiral of betrayal and, with typical Jamesian style and squalor, there is a blazing descent into worldliness at the steep price of happiness. One of the more interesting novels in is oeuvre, and a must read for folks who enjoy emotional rampages handled in intellectual fashions.
A very well-crafted novel, with some superbly evocative scenes and descriptions. However, it lacks the sort of tragic conclusion and power that would be found in Hardy's novels -- James admits as much in the Introduction to the New York Edition when he says that the timeframe of the novel is a point that brings it down. But it's still enjoyable to read, even if, narrative-wise, we don't actually travel very far.
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Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American-born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction. He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the ...more
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