The genteel and aristocratic language of Daisy Miller is reminiscent of the literary scene from the 19th century: appropriate since the novella itselfThe genteel and aristocratic language of Daisy Miller is reminiscent of the literary scene from the 19th century: appropriate since the novella itself was written in 1878. More specifically the language to a modern reader might give an air of bourgeois pretension and frivolity, but upon further consideration is more endearing than nauseating. And the irony of James’s verbal distinctiveness is the ensuing comical depiction of character feeling, thought, and action. A modern reader, after Hemingway, Carver, and McCarthy, might at first be repulsed by the vocabulary used in this work. As Hemingway once insinuated, deep feelings don’t require big words, and the influence such a remark has had on modern literature has made at least this reader somewhat surprised by more foreboding diction. It’s almost a wonder all stories written with this intensity of description and interpretation didn’t number at least four hundred pages.
But here we are. Daisy Miller is an American tourist in Europe. Vevey, Switerzerland, at story’s beginning, to be exact. She meets here an aristocratic American expatriate Frederick Winterbourne, who has been in Geneva too long. What follows is a tale of impropriety, and how it is that American society differs from European. Using the symbol of a specific American woman, the picture seems to be one of democratic irreverence against high-tradition loyalties.
The story itself is reminiscent of Jane Austen’s themes, with more description and vaster vocabulary. If Henry James accomplishes anything here, it is in his clever pedantic prose and perhaps a hint of a moral that tolerance for differences facilitates human flourishing more than highbrow ostracism grants. ...more
Whether the novel is about grief or teenage angst, the history of literature has taught us that alienation isn’t resolved by retreating from the worldWhether the novel is about grief or teenage angst, the history of literature has taught us that alienation isn’t resolved by retreating from the world, nor is it resolved by trying to begin anew. But it requires a deep engagement with others and the world. The fact that the novel ends with Holden’s abandonment of things and people he finds difficult to identify with is not just an extension of the character’s faulty logic, but the fulfillment of the ideology that good things can come if only one can begin anew: bad things happen to honest people only from without. If one can only abandon the setting that caused the evil, one can be happy again. Yet, despite any relocation, one still has memories that irrevocably composes one’s identity. This ideological complicity is not just a flaw of a character in a novel; it’s a flaw of the author’s.
This text is somewhat okay--in that it gives an outline of certain theological issues and very briefly makes notation of development in these areas.
MyThis text is somewhat okay--in that it gives an outline of certain theological issues and very briefly makes notation of development in these areas.
My main issue with this work is that she finishes the discussion of every topic in about a paragraph or so, which amounts to maybe half a page, maybe two hundred words. The work is generally uncritical in its use of language, too general to be accurate and too brief to be useful, and, aside from a few declarations that certain things were/are certain ways, she never expounds on anything she says in any meaningful way.
Of course, this is not a treatise but an introduction. I would rather call this an outline, an outline that consists in, truly, sketching its topics, to a skeletal degree, where the slightest nudge will cause the structure to collapse....more
This book is outlined in such a way that McGrath selects a few excerpts from larger works of theologians throughout the history of theology in order tThis book is outlined in such a way that McGrath selects a few excerpts from larger works of theologians throughout the history of theology in order to represent a "perspective" on a certain subject (salvation, eschatology, church, etc.).
It doesn't seem like it was meant for individual study but mostly group discussion. Unless you are willing to give this text a close read, though it is difficult given that each excerpt is probably three pages at most, I wouldn't recommend this book outside a group book study. Mainly because I think the insights one will get from this book will derive mostly from how the excerpts relate to contemporary theological issues and ways of thinking--which will be difficult to determine ex nihilo, sometimes. At any rate, it's a somewhat strong introduction to theology if read in conjunction with other theological works....more