The Wings of the Dove

The Wings of the Dove

Book - 1993
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Confronting a Bronzino portrait in an English country house, a young American heiress comes face to face with her own predicament. For Milly Theale, who seems to have the world before her and at her feet, is fatally ill. Eager for life, eager for love, she embarks on her European adventure, warming to the admiration of her new friends Kate Croy and Merton Densher. But Merton and Kate are secretly engaged, and come to see in this angel with a thumping bank account as a solution to their own problems. For the remarkable Kate, scheming, passionate, poetic, also wants to live...This edition of James's poignant and dramatic novel is based on the revised New York Edition. The cover pictures the Bronzino portrait which is the focus of the key scene in the book.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1993.
ISBN: 9780679600671
0679600671
Branch Call Number: FIC/James 43mb 01
Characteristics: ix, 711 p. --

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athompson10 Nov 22, 2015

This is Henry James at his most allusive and elusive. You have to read 200 pages before you even get five pages of uninterrupted dialogue between characters, and another 200 before anything happens (and this Modern Library version is 700 pages long). Is your patience rewarded? Somewhat, but I can't say that this was an enjoyable read at all.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 20, 2014

As James's matured, his novels became denser and more difficult, favoring deep psychological insight, long, luxurious sentences and a complex, highly nuanced style. None of these elements make for easy reading exactly, but "The Wings of The Dove," often considered one of his greatest books, rewards those who stick with it, even if its 500 pages can exhaust the most intrepid reader. Also see "The Golden Bowl" and "The Ambassadors."

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