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The Spoils of Poynton (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 11 Sep 2008
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In my view only a good novel can provoke one in this way. Another way of looking at it, is to imagine these characters and this story being the backstory for one of E M Forster's Edwardian novels. The story is elemental enough for one of Conrad's novels. It also has the virtue of being comparatively short. It is helpful, I have found to have the critical apparatus of this edition. Well worth reading especially if interested in the way the Victorian world changed into the "modern" world of the Twentieth Century with the ultimate fate of the treasure being in point.
Owen Gereth is in love with Mona Brigstock and they are engaged to be married. Owen's mother, Mrs Gereth has taken a shine to Fleda Vetch though, as they seem to have the same tastes and Fleda does love Owen. Not too many problems there you may think, but things come to a head when Mrs Gereth doesn't want Mona to get her hands on the objects d'art at Poynton, the 'spoils' of the title. The spineless Owen is left in a quandary between his mother and Mona, as she has postponed the wedding until Owen can guarantee that the objects d'art are in their rightful place at Poynton. Owen is passed from pillow to post whilst being pressurized to make a stand one way or the other. Fleda can only really look on at what is happening, and it is indeed through her eyes that we can view the manipulation going on.
Mrs Gereth and Mona Brigstock use the objects d'art to play out their powers over Owen. Indeed these items that they are fighting over we don't know much about, as they are only really hinted at; the only item we can be sure about is a crucifix that would seem to be of some value.
This really is a book that needs to be read more than once to be able to gain the full psychology and intentions of all the characters. Also in part due to its ultimate complexity a simple quick review could never do it justice. If you like James then you should like this tale, but be prepared for a shock ending.
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An unnerving tale about people whose inactivity leads to a destructive marriage and in the end the destruction of everything Fleda had set her heart on. Read morePublished on 12 April 2013 by Veronica Franco
Maybe this is one of James' easier books to read, or maybe having read a few by now I'm simply finding him more approachable, but whichever it was, I found "The Spoils" a pleasure. Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2011 by DB