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The Wings of the Dove, Volume I

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
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Doreen Petersen
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
It was just okay. Hoping sequel is better. I wouldn't bother with this one.
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

James is a superb writer. Although his paragraphs are very long and
intricate, his story telling is amazing. The descriptions of Venice are
dazzling. James understood women very well and this story circles around
three friends and variations on love and money. Our book group is reading
this novel for September. i love this book.
Scott O. Kaszyk
Oct 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, without a doubt, the worst book I've ever read. I couldn't wait to finish and definitely will not be reading volume 2. To use James' own words, this book was just a bunch of "twaddle." I could tell from the first few page with his continuous use of comma after comma after comma that I was not going to enjoy this author. I can entirely imagine this sort of writing is what drove Hemingway to his condensed style. I could see if the mid-sentence interruptions were poetic or added texture to the ...more
Patrick Sprunger
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2012
Pt. 1: Defining Henry James as "Gibberish."

I've identified three distinct types of gibberish through my inspection of modern literature. There is the "crypto-gibberish" of John Dos Passos, which takes a little work to be decoded but can be as pleasurable as a painting or poem once apprehended. Then there's the "total" gibberish of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, in which something is ostensibly buried in impenetrable word salad (that, to be honest, probably exists for no reason other than to hea
Christie Bane
Well, at least this is slightly more readable than James Joyce, and if everything by him is one star, I guess I will be generous and give Henry James two. I know the names of the main characters and that there's something happening with an English girl who's in love with a guy who's not wealthy, and who can't be with that guy because of her controlling rich aunt for some reason I can't figure out. Also there's a very rich American girl with no family but with a "companion", an older woman named ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was better than I expected. At least, that's when I could focus on the story instead of all the commas. Seriously, Henry James used more commas in a sentence that a teenager uses "like." Very distracting.
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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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