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2.0 out of 5 stars Untypical James, 16 Mar 2010
This review is from: The Princess Casamassima (Classics) (Paperback)
This is probably the most untypical novel Henry James wrote. His sure footing when dealing with the leasurely wealthy, slips here. The characters simply do not convince and James appears almost patronising towards them. His hero has the most annoying and inappropriate name - "Hyacinth."
I suppose James should be commended for reaching outside his normal milieu, but "The Master" is not on form here. A clumsy long-winded apprentice has taken his place.
The is one for the completists only. For anyone new to Henry James try "The Portrait of a Lady," "The American", "Daisy Miller" or "The Europeans"- all great, accomplished books.
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Initial post: 14 May 2013 17:25:03 BDT
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The name 'Hyacinth' originated in pre-Hellenic Greece and was a masculine name (although Hyacinth's life was, typically for that time, sexually ambiguous).
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