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Preview — The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James
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The Beast in the Jungle
Briefly; it’s a novella after all.
Apparently, enough time had lapsed after reading Proustitute’s fine review and Lee’s (perhaps, due to the good news of his new daughter) and Jesse’s, that I’d completely forgotten the story/novella’s subtext. All well and good. What remained was seeing three reviews for a short Henry James title, and it was a short title I was in need of; I will catch up on my 2013 reading goal, I will dammit. So, when I started reading this story, it wasn’t long before I was th...more
In one of the best reviews I've ever read of a piece of fiction (Note: any review, not just a Goodreads review), friend Aubrey pens in her opening thoughts on Infinite Jest: "Real life is a pain. Real life is a bitch." Note the double use of the word "real", for it isn't just life that is a pain and a bit ...more
And to me that's the most marvelous thing about writers like James: one never encounters the same text; one ...more
⌛ I absolutely loved this story (I read it for my English class where I have to analyze an extract).
⌛Henry James' style is so unique and although it took me a bit of time to get use ...more
The shared trope of James’ Beast In The Jungle, is Jo ...more
To a modern mind, The Beast In the Jungle might seem overblown, too emotional and not very convincing but lucki ...more
This is the story of John Marcher, the protagonist, and ...more
James’ sentences, though falling short of Proustian proportions, are no easier on the brain. Remember that old cell-phone game, Snak ...more
It was a short read, only taking me a couple of hours all in. I have to be hone ...more
I will read this again and again. Need to read The Bostonians, anyone want to read with me?
At first I thought James Marcher was a murderer. Then I thought he was gay. It took me a little bit but I realized it's just that he's terrified of pretty much everything and doesn't really live life. And when his source of life, May, is gone forever, he realizes that the "beast in the jungle" was not really a beast, but something in himself ...more
And the book goes on with those strange conversations sometimes allusive to "a jungle" and a "beast" as in a weird metaphore that will make you read the whole book and then finally understand what that was about, because until then it was just ...more
This could and should have been greater than it is. A real disappointment but still well worth wading through for the tragic, human denouement.
What determined the speech that startled him in the course of their encounter scarcely matters, being probably but some words spoken by himself quite without intention—spoken as they lingered and slowly moved together after their renewal of acquaintance.