The Wings of the Dove

The Wings of the Dove Selected by the Modern Library as one of the best novels of all timeSet amid the splendor of London drawing rooms and gilded Venetian palazzos The Wings of the Dove is the story of Milly Theale

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all timeSet amid the splendor of London drawing rooms and gilded Venetian palazzos, The Wings of the Dove is the story of Milly Theale, a na ve, doomed American heiress, and a pair of lovers, Kate Croy and Merton Densher, who conspire to obtain her fortune In this witty tragedy of treachery, self deception, aSelected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all timeSet amid the splendor of London drawing rooms and gilded Venetian palazzos, The Wings of the Dove is the story of Milly Theale, a na ve, doomed American heiress, and a pair of lovers, Kate Croy and Merton Densher, who conspire to obtain her fortune In this witty tragedy of treachery, self deception, and betrayal, Henry James weaves together three ill fated and wholly human destinies unexpectedly linked by desire, greed, and salvation As Amy Bloom writes in her Introduction, The Wings of the Dove is a novel of intimacy James gives us passion, he gives us love in its terrible and enchanting forms.

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The Wings of the Dove

  1. Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.James insisted that writers in Great Britain and America should be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world, as French authors were His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to realistic fiction, and foreshadowed the modernist work of the twentieth century An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel writing, biography, autobiography, and criticism,and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales.

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  1. THE WINGED GRADATIONI have been a devotee of Henry James for a while now But this novel has overflowed me So far this is the most Jamesian writing I have read May be The Ambassadors is of the same tone and texture, and I would like to immerse myself in it too Anyway, reading this was like listening to a lullaby that would drag you into a lethargic mood in the early hours of the afternoon Not a sign of boredom, just a state of undefined bliss Following James account one is pulled into a blurred c [...]

  2. Soooo you guys, I think missed that day in English Lit 101 when we talked about Henry James, because to me he s always been one of those authors you merely know OF, and who is important in some vague way but you couldn t possibly say how, who is not really relevant in our 3G world except for the fact that Merchant Ivory makes mad bank off of this lace petticoat and social graces kind of thing But for serious you guys, why did no one never tell me that Henry James is a GENIUS I mean, why is this [...]

  3. Conversation continued from the updates Well hello again So you work in reviews too Yes, sometimes I get assigned to reviews but with 20000 characters to count down in the review boxes as opposed to 420 in the status update boxes, I avoid this posting whenever possible.You ll not have much counting down to do today I rarely use even half the characters available for reviews I wish I could use the rest in the status updates thoughWe ve been through all that already 420 characters is the maximum a [...]

  4. Well, I finished it and I didn t even skim one passage, though there were countless sentences that, no matter how many times I read them at whatever angle and no matter how sincere my desire to understand, had absolutely no meaning to them whatsoever Often this was caused not by subtlety or for suspense, but but because of simple misuse of pronouns Who s thinking this of whom Ah, never mind I must have an inferior intellect to care for such details Others are merely clotted arteries of metalangu [...]

  5. Henry James is infuriating His evasiveness is infuriating His endless digressions, clause upon clause, are infuriating Deciphering the text requires so much concentration, you ll ultimately feel that, rather than experiencing the story, you re floating along above it He reinforces that impression in often forsaking description for reflective analysis In effect, even that which isn t spoken somehow feels spoken But don t let any of that dissuade you.This is a work of genius Henry James creates in [...]

  6. In Henry James, we rarely if ever have a villain a real, horrible blackguard character for whom we feel morally adequate enough to pass severe judgment There are characters with evil intentions, who do evil thing who lie and undermine the hero or heroine, Mme Merle and Gilbert Osmond, of The Portrait of a Lady, may be among the most evil duos in the James canon, if only for the tenderness we feel toward the passionate Isabel, who they snare What is perplexing in James, which frustrates us, is th [...]

  7. This is an extermely rewarding book, though James makes the reader work for it, to be sure There is the general opacity of his writing though never nearly so difficult as report tells of it the often maddening but, no doubt, deliberate ambiguity of his pronouns the artificiality of much of the dialogue AND of the behavior and sentiments of the coddled rich especially the central plateau of the book, some 200 pages in the center, where nothing seems to be happening the dead zone before the shift [...]

  8. I swear I will read Henry James before I die It might take that long for me to finish this book, considering I have to read each sentence at least 3 times.2 9 08 Just picked it back up from the library Renewed twice and still only got to page 308.2 10 08 Could he be any verbose 2 11 08 On page 375, and finally something is starting to happen The man is a master of motive and character study, once you can figure out what he s actually saying 2 18 08 I m down with the system, and this book is no [...]

  9. Hello dear friendsIt has been nice to know you, a very enthralling experience but unfortunately life has taken me in its remorseless grip, and as a consequence reality sounds much different to what it used to be For it is grim as there is no way it will become any better I must quit as I don t happen to answer or come to grips with the problems of reading Your reading and my reading are on a different plane compared to what reality is like No I cannot get myself to it satisfactorily I must have [...]

  10. Henry James has beautiful people inside of his head, if only his verbal diarrhea didn t get in the way Dear Jesus, I wish he knew how to write a short sentence.

  11. Unknown page Did she know I think you know what she knew I knew something, but not what you knew of what she knew I still don t know I know So she knew something Yes We all knew something OK We ve established that everyone knows But what do they know James uses a very oblique writing style This style seems to say so much without saying anything at all Very little is crystal clear in this book, to the extent that when Kate actually directs Densher in her plot, the directness of her words seem cra [...]

  12. Nope, sorry I read a really enticing review of this, got all excited, drove across three suburbs and two villages to get to the library where it was mouldering on the shelf, got it home, opened the first page, and then I remembered.Friends don t let friends read Henry James.If you re thinking about reading this, then be warned The sentences are constructed like algebraic equations, with nested parenthesis within nested parenthesis within nested parenthesis It gets to the point you feel that, lik [...]

  13. Gives new meaning to the expression adventures in reading The famous style of the late novels the monster sentences with multiple subordinate elements that snake their way through paragraphs extending for page after page after page will try your patience and reward your attentions and yet frequently frustrate your best attempts at comprehension I found the experience altogether fascinating, both in its challenges and its rewards and there were wonderful rewards, passages and situations that move [...]

  14. I have a thing for Henry James When I read The Golden Bowl in grad school and loved it, my professor thought I was crazy I suppose many students find him dense and confusing But I love his style I love the careful, layered characterizations, the detailed descriptions, and the way James novels flow mostly from internal dialogue His artistry is in telling the story through the consciousness of the characters I simply love it p.s I find it funny and revealing that his novels translated to the movie [...]

  15. Second reading Originally read in 2011 Henry James s late period masterpiece is a novel about conflicting human needs and desires, for love, both physical and spiritual, for financial security, and for fulfillment and self respect Kate Croy, the active protagonist in this drama, begins the story in a state of existential conflict from which she struggles and schemes to extricate herself as the intricate, character driven plot unfolds.Kate is a penniless young woman dependent upon the good will o [...]

  16. 4.5 stars How do you know, she asked in reply to this, what I m capable of One of James most notoriously difficult novels, this is a tour de force of intrigue, deception, lies, conscience, love and money In many ways, it s a return to the eroticised economic triangle of The Portrait of a Lady, but this time it s the European lovers with whom we re most aligned, complicating our responses to, and negotiation through, the book In lots of ways there s action than in many of James novels, but the r [...]

  17. This is probably not the best choice for an audio book it is really quite intricate, and I struggled at times to find the referent in some of these Jamesian sentences, even as Juliet Stevenson did her usual remarkable job As with Portrait of the Lady, I managed to forget the exact contours of the plot since my first reading some 25 years ago or so And as with Portrait of the Lady, I spent the early part of the book not really loving it I found too little to get a grip on in the beginning But the [...]

  18. An utter fave novel and heroine Love and betrayal with HJ motifs of victimised innocence and triumph without attainment Gotta love the sex n death symbiosis likes em melodramatic HJ s liberality with commas does make the writing feel a bit like hyperventilation But what s romantic than being in love with a memory applauds etherealised gal s revenge

  19. I could not finish this book I wanted to finish it so badly but I found myself dreading reading it on the train I figured my commute is rough enough, why make it miserable I wanted to like Henry James so badly, but I guess he is not for me Basically I needed a translator in order to understand any of the sentences despite the fact that they are written in English Oh my goodness, reading a sentence over and over again still did not get me anywhere The plot is great, but really I wish I could have [...]

  20. I am in love with Henry James Every sentence makes you stop, pore, and muse The book is 500 pages I wish it were a million.

  21. The Wings of the Dove Henry James 1902 26June 8, 2007 This has to be the worst book that I have ever read Well, maybe not ever, but definitely the worst one yet on this list and there have been some that have sucked mightily How this book made the list, I have no idea, but it has rattled my already shaky faith in the validity of this list I suspect that it has something to do with one Mr Gore Vidal, who, judging from the little blurb on the back of the dust jacket of the copy that I have, thinks [...]

  22. July 2014 This is my second time reading The Wings of the Dove in less than a year It is a truly stunning novel and is becoming a another one of James s novels that I think is near perfection, like that of The Portrait of a Lady I am finding on this second careful and thoughtful re read that I am actually experiencing the novel rather than simply reading it Kate Croy and Merton Densher are a pair to draw to for sure As much as I love Kate the woman fiercely independent, stubborn, intelligent, an [...]

  23. This book is extremely demanding It takes no prisoners so far as investment of time and energy is concerned The plot is simple, its presentation convoluted and at first seems attenuated by its minimalisation Minimilasation of what Of pandering to the reader s need for action, for immediate comprehensibility Just as the protagonists need time to understand one another, especially since all the charcaters tend to stop in mid sentence, hesitate, break off, hint instead of being overt, pause and imp [...]

  24. The prose of this book is almost impenetrable Sometimes Shakespeare seems hard to figure out, but there are whole pages of this book that are almost written in a different language or at least a different syntax Henry James has the ability to write 10 pages at a time using only 5 paragraphs, 10 periods, 50 semi colons, no dialogue, and the only nouns are pronouns.At best though, the sentences can be beautiful and intricate and reading them can be like unwinding a strand of DNA There s a logic to [...]

  25. DNF for the second time I need to try this again in 10 or 15 or 20 years When I m older and the rather ornate and complex language is less boring I m torturing myself simply because it s a challenge book If it weren t for that I would have ditched it days ago.Here is an example of the language Merton Densher, who passed the best hours of each night at the office of his newspaper, had at times, during the day, to make up for it, a sense, or at least an appearance, of leisure, in accordance with w [...]

  26. Amazing book I kept thinking, Why can t he just come out and tell us straight what he is talking about Then I realized that James is reflecting his characters, who live in an underground world of plunder and plot, innuendo and insinuation The last few chapters suddenly break into lucid writing, a sign that at least one character is starting to think and act straight I need to read this book again This book needs to be experienced.

  27. Deep, complex, and challenging James, perhaps somewhat of an acquired taste and never an easy read especially in his late novels , is a master of nuance and the subtleties of relationships This book is well worth the effort.

  28. Ba ard k, seni bo yere sevmemi oldu Bu s zler Densher i irkiltti, ama Kate srarl yd Ve sen de beni bo yere sevmemi oldun 3 5 ans eseri kapa n g r p isminden de etkilenerek bu kitab okumay yle bir akl ma koydum ki elime ge ti i gibi hemencecik ba lad m Hem klasik hem de a k roman olmas bak m ndan itiraf efmek gerekirse baya g zel bir beklentim vard lk b l mdeki bol konu ma paragrafl anlat m g r nce yle sevindim ki kitab okumaya kar hevesim daha da artt Ama ne yaz k ki bu mutlulu um ok s rmedi nk [...]

  29. My brother gave me this book to read because I liked the way The Ambassadors was written, but couldn t relate to the characters Enter Kate Croy I was poised to like her due to his endorsement and then she won me over on the second page She tried to be sad so as not to be angry, but it made her angry that she couldn t be sad I get you It took a while to read because, as others have mentioned in their reviews, it seems to take forever for anything to happen and at times I was drowning in words But [...]

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