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The Golden Bowl by Henry James
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Oct 09, 2007

did not like it
bookshelves: hadtogiveup

Henry James - you are awful. I will spend no more of my life reading you. What is the point?
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message 1: by Gemma (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:01PM) (new)

Gemma You have to read the earlier stuff! Washington Square, or The Europeans.

message 2: by Maria (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:01PM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Maria Like, whatever.

message 3: by Paul (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:01PM) (new) - added it

Paul Bryant I really liked What Maisie Knew, a very vicious novel, and the earlier stuff is quite jolly and light, and The Turn of the Screw is essential, but I think anyone who's got though The Golden Bowl without dying of asphyxiation deserves a medal on which there should be a tiny picture of HJ saying "your duty to literature is now fulfilled"

message 4: by Jessica (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:01PM) (new)

Jessica SERIOUSLY! Henry James is like one of those guys who started out making great, catchy three minute rock n' roll songs, but later in his career got waaaaaay too into psychadelics and esoteric eastern spirituality, and wound up recording incomprehensible six-hour concept albums with electronic instruments and no lyrics.

Don't write off the young James for what he ultimately became!

message 5: by Maria (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:02PM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Maria Ok, ok. I will try the earlier stuff.
I promise.
Watch this space!!

message 6: by Leo (new) - rated it 4 stars

Leo Leoson I have to read it for a postgrad course, I want to get off this ride but the ride never ends. The words, the words never end. And they mean nothing.

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