The Wings of the Dove

The Wings of the Dove

Book - 1997
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Explores the relationships of three young Americans as they travel through Europe.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, c1997
ISBN: 9780679455127
0679455124
9780141186238
0141186232
9780140432633
0140432639
Characteristics: xxxvi, 508 p. ; 21 cm

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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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