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The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
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May 09, 12

Read from April 22 to May 01, 2012

I sat down yesterday afternoon and finished Wings of the Dove, and ended up admiring it SO much. I didn't so much love it as admire it. I skimmed ahead to the Venice parts which is why I wanted to read it in the first place, and they were lovely, but then I got into the characters again and finished the whole thing. I knew the plot, which isn't complicated, but it was portrayed so much more subtly than I had imagined, with absolutely perfect word choices. There are only two men in the story, and the main guy is, as James describes him "surrounded by petticoats" as he goes along with the plans of several women. The loveliest woman, though, "turns her face to the wall" and dies. Every character is in ways admirable and in ways dishonorable. It ended up being quite a thoughtful read for me. DON'T try reading it before sleep though--that was my mistake. Some novels require being alert.
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