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The Golden Bowl by Henry James
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Mar 17, 2012

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bookshelves: classic-brit-lit
Read from February 06 to March 17, 2012

Whew! Henry James sure knows how to write doozies! He gets points for having a unique writing style. However, his style doesn't always work for me. The language is overly rich and descriptive so that often the action gets lost in the midst of it. When this happens his sentences and paragraphs are so long, I found myself having to flip back a few pages and trying again. It is for this that I admire James, he challenges me as a reader. Forces me to sit up and pay attention, and get my dictionary out at times too. This book read for me like a wave. It started off slow, and then crashed forward, receded back, and crashed forward again. It is not for the faint of heart, and not great when you are already sleepy before bed. It makes sense why my AP English teacher in high school listed it as her favorite. However, I think that I ended up enjoying The Wings of the Dove more in the end. The whole time I kept wondering if this book caused a big stir up and scandal when it was released. I don't know that I will ever feel the need to read it again, or to recommend it to anyone but the greatest Brit-Litophiles. However, I feel a sense of pride and accomplishment for pushing on through it.

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Scott Hey I have a question. Is this book explicit? Moreover, does it have sexually explicit scenes? Thanks!

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