Jan. 25th, 2011

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Book Thirteen – The Master by Colm Toibin

Source: Library
Challenges? 1001, Author Surname (T)
Decade published?
Rating: 6 / 10

This book is a fictional account of the life of Henry James, the people he knew, the places he lived and the inspirations for his books. It describes how he moves around to various places, after being born in America he moves to various places in Europe, Venice and then to the Isle of Wight. It describes his relationships with his family, and with his friends, including some bits which I assume are mainly fictional regarding his relationships with various men that he knew – yes relationships in that way! To be honest that annoyed me a bit, because how do we know he was that way inclined? There were apparently some letters which suggested it, but its just all speculation. But I suppose that’s the point of the book really! It was quite a good book, the individual episodes were good, including some interesting commentary on the American Civil War, but the structure was a bit all over the place, and it went back and forward in time and place, which was a bit confusing, and I didn’t really find it very easy to get through due to this



13 / 120 books. 11% done!

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