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Some Short Stories [By Henry James]

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  65 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews present you this new edition. We are scattered now, the friends of the late Mr. Oliver Offord; but whenever we chance to meet I think we are conscious of a certain esoteric respect for each other. "Yes, you too have been in Arcadia, " we seem not too grumpily to allow. When I pass the house in Mansfield Street I remember that Arcadia was there. I don't know who ...more
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Published September 15th 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1902)
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Börkur Sigurbjörnsson
I liked Henry James' short stories very much. Had I been born a century earlier I am sure I would have liked them even more.
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Some Stories by Henry James is a small Kindle collection of tales long out of copyright that can be downloaded for free and freely enjoyed. In some ways the best of them is “Brooksmith,” about a head butler who descends to the depths when the master whom he apparently was made to serve dies. After that comes “The Real Thing” about a socially threadbare couple desperate to find a way to make a living and finding that handsome though they are, they lack the spark and flair necessary to be good art
susan haris
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beloved
Melodrama in James is sordid in a very instrumentalist way; there is nothing overly redemptive or sickly touching about the characters. It is the atmosphere that is the result, the outcome, the end of the situation, and the action unfolding is mere fleshing out of character. My favorites from this collection are 'The Story of It', and 'Flickerbridge'.

'The Story of It' has a metaphysical intrigue accentuated by its unreliable narrator. The definition of the male protagonist of passion as 'the ene
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While reading "Dust" by Martha Grimes, Henry James' house and works were woven into the plot line. Knowing it is considered a classic author, I thought I'd give it a go and read something by him. I have read classic lit authors and enjoyed them, Trollope, Dickens, Joyce, Maugham and others and expected this to be similar. It was very different.

James' style is very verbose and his sentences and thought seem to meander. I found myself re-reading portions to see if I understood what I had just read
Lizbeth Gabriel
Loooooong winded. Excruciatingly slow and wordy. Stuffy. Outdated. Irritating. At the same time, deep. Truthful. Tragic. Sad. Beautiful. It was an ordeal to read, but two of the stories made it worthy of my trouble: Brooksmith and The Real Thing. The author is deeply sympathetic and understanding towards the predicament of the characters (the butler in the first and the couple in the second), making them stand out in all their doomed glory. He's gut-wrenching in those two stories. They were the ...more
Bre Teshendorf
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice book, good solid stories. Sad, interesting, and attention-holding. Sometimes the dialogue is too vague for me, I have felt that in other Henry James books, although I like Henry James and persist in reading through his stuff.

I read this book while reading short stories by D.H. Lawrence at the same time. And, while D.H. is an incredible writer when it comes to interpersonal relationships, he is so so so repetitive, I have to say that Henry James by far Takes. The. Cake.
Jojo Scoble
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to love Henry James, but now find him depressing. But he is of course a great writer.
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Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As I'm doing with some oft-appearing authors on the 1,001 Books to Read Before You Die list, I'm sampling some of their shorter fare before I take on their behemoths.

Henry James is one such, and a short trip through his short fiction did the trick.

I don't know if they style will be similar for the big boys, but this collection proved an eye for detail, a focus on class differences, some nice turns of phrase, and a bit of an elevation of the mundane.

None of the stories blew me away in any sense,
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Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American-born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction. He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the ...more
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