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Henry James' Midnight Song
The Setting: Fin de siècle Vienna - a society of almost unprecedented vitality, enlivened by new movements in music, art, fashion, literature, psychology, and love. Yet Vienna is a society on the edge of chaos. Beneath the glittering surface it seethes with conflict and ethnic tension. Divided by anti-Semitism, racism, feminism, sex, and the denial of sex, it is a society ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 17th 1995 by W. W. Norton Company
(first published 1993)
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Da man vor jeder Kritik ja immer was Nettes sagen soll (à la: „Ich schätze Ihre Arbeit in unserer Abteilung wirklich sehr, tolle Präsentation neulich! Toll wäre es übrigens auch, wenn sie regelmäßig Deo benutzen würden.“), zuerst einmal das Positive: Es ist nicht schlecht geschrieben. Die Charaktere sind gut und genau gezeichnet und manchmal auch recht lustig (im Übrigen spielen einige Personen mit, die tatsächlich gelebt haben: Der Psychoanalytiker Sigmund Freud, die Autorin Edith Wharton, der ...more
What Cecily said made Henry James wonder now if anyone ever would actually have anything to say about HIM? It rather intrigued him, the brief moments when he looked up on his library shelf and dared to think that someone, sometime, hopefully, he thought, a man of erudition and good will, might write a book about him, Henry James. He looked at the library shelf and it seemed to glow. Sheer poppycock and nonsense to be sure, yet how elevating in a way to think it might be true. He permitted himsel ...more
Henry James' Midnight Song is by the same author who wrote The Eleven Million Mile High Dancer, but is completely different, but also a wonderful book. It takes place in fin-de- siecle Vienna and the story is a murder mystery that takes place at Freud's home. The major characters are Freud, Jung, Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Theodore Herzl. The book is fascinating and entertaining, and is also about how the fate of European Jewry is starting to change.
Story does not hang together. Many errors and difficult to follow. Modern language used in turn of the century dialogue. Too many confusing and irrelevant characters. Solution to the murder is off-the-wall silly. Don't waste your time on this book. Very few reviews in 1993 and I cannot understand how they were so positive. I disliked this book and wasted time getting to the ending just to see if the book would redeem itself. No.