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A Small Boy and Others

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Henry James looks back at his life searching for the truths of his emotions.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Turtle Point Press (first published 1913)
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Buck
May 17, 2010 Buck rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: budding aesthetes
Shelves: life-writing
Beset as one avowedly is by vernal distractions—I speak of those amplitudes of exposed bosom, those beguiling expanses of derrière sheathed in lycra, whose appearance heralds, more surely than the robin, the advent of spring—thus beset, I say, it is doubtful whether a mere book review, however eagerly undertaken, could represent the ideal disposal of one’s lamentably scant provision of time and energy.

Yeah, I’ll stop now, cuz man, writing like Henry James is almost as exhausting as reading Henry
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Lucy
Sep 30, 2016 Lucy rated it really liked it
After reading all (yes, all!) his novels, I've concluded that with late Henry James, there is no point trying to analyse and understand every sentence. It's like listening to late Beethoven Quartets - enjoy the sound and don't worry overmuch about how it's made. I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir of Henry's childhood, replete as it is with eccentric family members, the joy of theatre and art, and the obvious happiness of his growing up.
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zinger:

i in any case can't pretend not to have been most appealed
to by that especial phase of our education from which the
pedagogic process as commonly understood was most
fantastically absent.
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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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