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Not his best,
This review is from: The Golden Bowl (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
As a Henry James lover, having read everything he's written, & waded through The Golden Bowl twice, I feel I've earnt the right to say it's not his best book.
The epicurean connoisseur at life's feast indulges himself in his last book with a fault to which he confessed himself prone: "to over-treat".
The writing is marred by endless empty sub-clauses, pointless repetition, rhetorical flourishes, & affected, stagey dialogue. The metaphors are forced and over-blown, the description of character hyperbolic, the drama suffocates under the weight of its own 'written-ness'. His late style marks a form of literary inflation: here he uses 50 words where in earlier work he used 5 to more powerful effect.
The 'Master' has, in short, run to fat.
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Initial post: 24 Nov 2008 21:22:14 GMT
Humpty Dumpty says:
Excellent review - well done!
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