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The Ambassadors by Henry James
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Oct 16, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: classics
Read from September 15 to October 16, 2011

That's it. I must accept this. I am chronically unable to understand what he's actually saying. It's as though he is writing in a language I haven't studied; some sort of pidgin that throws in a few words of English here and there. I freely admit defeat, and add James-lexia to my store of Kafkaphobia and Joyce-pathia.
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message 1: by Judy (new)

Judy Love it, Genia!

Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly Maybe that's the whole point of the novel. Because when you're assigned as Ambassador to a country, sometimes you do not understand the language of the people there.

Genia Lukin Maybe, but then, what's the deep metalinguistic message of his other stories, none of which I actually managed to parse any better?

message 4: by Sue (new)

Sue I felt exactly this way when I attempted Borges Ficciones.

Anne Love your honesty, humility and, above all, your humor: James-lexia, Kafkaphobia and Joyce-pathia. D) So many of us struggle with the same authors and never dare to admit it so openly and brazenly. Brava.

message 6: by Sue (new)

Sue I second the Brava.

I do hope to try a Henry James work at some point; I'm thinking maybe Daisy Miller. Time will tell. Of course I can always return to The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction.

Billie Pritchett Understand what you mean completely. And to the interested reader, if my memory's correct, Daisy Miller was an excellent book. This book, however, is drivel.

message 8: by T.A. (new) - rated it 1 star

T.A. Uner James takes "Flowery Dialogue" to the nth degree.

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