Posts tagged The Golden Bowl
Posts tagged The Golden Bowl
That sounds exactly the kind of book I would enjoy. Come September I will be lapping it up! I also want to read Wings of a Dove because Kate Croy sounds amazing. (In an evil way. Probably. I’ll probably love her and thinks she’s just misunderstood.) I’m not sure anything could surpass The Portrait of a Lady however. Honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read. It really affected me so much. There’s something about Henry James (the little that I’ve read) and his ability to, well, write. Some writers can do characters, others plot, others manage to create a world, others are deep and symbolic. Somehow James manages to do it all. I just… I’m in awe of him as a writer.
I must say I’ve not come across his brother though. What things did he write?
And yes, do keep on with Middlemarch - the ending with everything coming together and aaaah yes. :)
Re: this original post about The Golden Bowl and Middlemarch.
Then you’re in for a treat with The Golden Bowl.
I know exactly what you mean Rose; occasionally I am fortunate enough to encounter writers who capture humanity in their work. No matter how long one analyses, ponders and evaluates the text itself, there is a little spark of magic which binds the plot and narration and characters together and it cannot be easily explained. It can be felt, however, and it is that emotional reaction which is referred to and understood by other readers.
I have not read as much Henry James as you (and I’ll certainly add The Portrait of a Lady to my reading list now), but I am in awe of several writers and the power they have with language. Thackeray, being one of them.
As for your question in regards to William James…not many people have read him during the last century. William was a philosopher, an epistemologist to be precise, and his work was therefore non-fiction and focused on perception, reality, and what can be truly known by human beings. He was a pragmatist in the field of epistemology, one of the first scholars to be designated with that title. It’s not light reading, but I enjoy it because it’s challenging and offers a unique perspective of the world and even William’s lecture notes convey his enthusiasm for learning, knowledge and communication. I would have loved to have heard him speak in person, but alas I would have had to have been around 125 years ago or so. Also, now that I think of it, I would probably have had to work really hard for an invite as well, since most lectures would have occurred in clubs and colleges that were exclusively or traditionally for only men. Now I’m thinking up possible disguises to attend such a lecture… :)
Currently hypothesising about possible Middlemarch endings!
and write fic. FICCCCCC bahahahaha
That too! :D Ideally I’d like to have finished UC by September but I have a feeling it won’t happen. We’ll see though!
youremakingitsnow replied to your post: When I have finished my MLitt and am free to read what I like I’m going to binge read George Eliot and Henry James and it will be WONDERFULYou would love the new exhibit at the British Library! It’s all British lit and the landscapes that inspired the authors. Original manuscripts and that sort of thing I went today and it was awesome! Some Walter Scott novels were displayed!
Ooooh oooh ooh I really would! I wonder how long it’s on for… Must get to London and see it. I love the British Library. When I was at Cambridge I quite often ended up popping in there on the way home because it’s a good stopping off place between King’s Cross and Euston. Thanks for the heads up! :)
thebelletristarchive replied to your post: When I have finished my MLitt and am free to read what I like I’m going to binge read George Eliot and Henry James and it will be WONDERFULGood plan! I am currently reading Middlemarch for the first time and I am completely enthralled by it. Also just read The Golden Bowl.
What’s The Golden Bowl like? It’s definitely on my reading list. Hope you continue to enjoy Middlemarch!
The Golden Bowl starts off quite slowly in my opinion. The reader learns about several characters during the first few chapters only through the conversations depicted by James between other characters. So there are many hints and second-hand or third-hand stories. Also, the characters may seem rather formulaic at first: the prince, the heiress, the eccentric & wealthy collector of antiques, the penniless friend, the matchmaking married couple, et al. Since you are a fan of Henry James, however, and also very familiar with C19th Literature, I think that you will enjoy reading The Golden Bowl.
I certainly found it interesting. It was the first James novel I read and as such I was always determind to finish reading it. The exploration of love is what I find the most compelling in it; unrequited love, being in love with someone as opposed to loving him or her, competing loves, love of money, love of chattels, love of independence. I suppose that’s about as much as I can say without giving away anything!
All in all, William James is still my favourite brother of the two and I prefer his (highly epistemological!) work to Henry’s.
Thank you Rose! Middlemarch just keeps getting more & more interesting, so I am sure I shall like it right up til the last page. Eliot got my attention with the prologue about Saint Theresas in the world.
And please let me know what you think of The Golden Bowl when you’ve read it; I’ve yet to discuss it with anyone else who has read it. :)
Kate Beckinsale as Maggie Verver and Anjelica Huston as Fanny Assingham in The Golden Bowl (2000)
I really need to finish reading The Golden Bowl soon. I pictured Fanny so much younger than her late 40s or so…I think she is supposed to be about 35 and married to an older man.