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The Master by Colm Tóibín
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Jun 19, 2009

really liked it
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Colm Tóibín is a genius. In this novel, he explores the life and work of Henry James, spanning the period from 1895 to 1900. His characterization of James is so subtle and - dare I say? nuanced - that I was forced to keep on reading. Even though I don't particularly like Henry James or his work, by the time I finished this book, I was motivated to rethink my dislike.

If you're a James fan, this is probably a five-star book for you. For the rest of us, it's somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. It definitely reinforces my belief that almost anything Tóibín writes is worth adding to one's reading list.
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message 1: by C. (new) - rated it 5 stars

C. And yet you gave it three stars?!

message 2: by Trevor (new)

Trevor I have this - I have been meaning to read it all year. I have been distracted and think I will continue to be, unfortunately - but I think I really ought to read it.

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I hate Henry James but I gave this book 5 stars.

David Yes. I think I have to upgrade my rating to four stars.

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message 6: by Whitaker (new)

Whitaker Rambling Reader wrote: "Oiishi!"

You have learnt well young paduwan. *WINK!*

message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

*giggling* delicately with my hand demurely over my mouth.

message 8: by C. (new) - rated it 5 stars

C. I... still haven't read any Henry James.

message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Choupette, you're not missing anything. Miss James was one constipated bitch.

message 10: by C. (new) - rated it 5 stars

C. But I loved The Master, so I figure if it's pastiche, I might actually like the man (woman?) himself.

message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Well, I tried to read several of his novels but I simply couldn't finish any of them.

Louise Dean Genius. I agee.

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