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Thursday, 27 October 2011


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I've read some James but never had the courage to plunge in to The Golden Bowl. Your wonderful review makes me long to read it though I can see why it took a long time. Thanks.


Thank you for your kind comment Harriet! Do read it. I'd love to know what you think of it.

After all he writes and writes to render the complexity of his characters and their feelings and thoughts there is still something mysterious at the heart of them and it, that's a quality about his writing I love.

Hmm, that was something of a non-sequitur...


I keep thinking I'll read James when I am older ... but now I realize I just won't do it. I don't enjoy him enough and so his short works are plenty of James for me. I'll spend my old age finishing up George Eliot and Trollope. Complex characters don't require tortured syntax.


Thank you for commenting, AJ! Heh, I think you are reading James by stealth, if you're reading his short works.

Of course you are right, complex characters do not require tortured - or as I prefer to think of it, complex - syntax, that's just James's solution in this novel at least. And why force yourself to read something you don't want to read? Life is far too short.

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