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The Master By Colm Tóibín The Master Colm T ib n s beautiful subtle illumination of Henry James s inner life The New York Times captures the loneliness and hope of a master of psychological subtlety whose forays into intimacy inevitably

  • Title: The Master
  • Author: Colm Tóibín
  • ISBN: 9780743250412
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Master By Colm Tóibín Colm T ib n s beautiful, subtle illumination of Henry James s inner life The New York Times captures the loneliness and hope of a master of psychological subtlety whose forays into intimacy inevitably fail those he tried to love.Beautiful and profoundly moving, The Master tells the story of Henry James, a man born into one of America s first intellectual families who l Colm T ib n s beautiful, subtle illumination of Henry James s inner life The New York Times captures the loneliness and hope of a master of psychological subtlety whose forays into intimacy inevitably fail those he tried to love.Beautiful and profoundly moving, The Master tells the story of Henry James, a man born into one of America s first intellectual families who leaves his country in the late nineteenth century to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers With stunningly resonant prose, The Master is unquestionably the work of a first rate novelist artful, moving, and very beautiful The New York Times Book Review The emotional intensity of this portrait is riveting.
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    1. Fabian on said:

      What a year I ve had Perhaps 20 books of the 80 or so have been Phenomenal thanks, 1001 Books to Read Before You Die List Seriously, the majority of these are at least above average, some of them are true essentials that you mustmust MUST absolutely experience In that vein, The Master reigns supreme Novels about novel writing are a hit because they embody the perfect package it s drama about drama, prose about prose, what the unfictitious writer had to do to ultimately get his fiction out there [...]

    2. Fionnuala on said:

      I first read this book in 2004 I had chosen to read it because it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, not because it was about Henry James Thirteen years on, I rarely read books in the Booker shortlist but I m definitely interested in Henry James so it was with a certain curiosity that I picked this book out of a box I was unpacking and opened up its yellow tinged pages In the years since my first reading, I d always maintained in any discussion about Toibin s books that The Master was the bes [...]

    3. Kalliope on said:

      PROJECTIONSComing out of a cinema having watched a film, one often feels, for a very short moment, somewhat astray But very quickly one s consciousness grapples to take hold of its position and put the realm of the movie into a contained and defined locus in one s brain somewhere on the side, no longer projected at the very back Only then can one resume one s life and self, and start chatting to friends about what did they think of the film.With this novel I have felt a similar disconcerting mag [...]

    4. Jim Fonseca on said:

      The Master is the story of the key life shaping experiences of Henry James While we learn a lot about James life, the book is not at all structured as a traditional biography It begins late in James life when he was settled in England and it has him reflect back on these experiences In particular, three women, very close to him an invalid sister, a brilliant favorite cousin, and an author friend died relatively young Another life forming event was a summer camp experience with a large group of y [...]

    5. Kris on said:

      I loved this book I thought T ib n did a beautiful job adapting his style to one that was evocative of Henry James, although easily readable The novel moves with James to London, Ireland, Italy, and Rye, and effectively integrates James memories of the past in flashbacks that come as responses to his relationships, tensions, and interactions with others.T ib n has been described as a writer who is keenly interested in his characters psychology and relationships, and this interest comes to the f [...]

    6. Helle on said:

      Life is a mystery and that only sentences are beautiful The disadvantage of listening to an audiobook, however mellow and fittingly transatlantic the accent of the narrator, is that one cannot hold on to the sentences They seem fleeting when listened to, even when, as in this case, I went back many times to pay attention to the beauty of a sentence, the significance of a word And there was much I wanted to hold on to and savour in this gorgeous novel.It is the story of Henry James, of his writ [...]

    7. K.D. Absolutely on said:

      The subtle third person narrative of Tolm Coibin born 1955 masterfully portrays Henry James 1843 1916 as person in this 2004 Booker shortlisted novel, The Master Covering a period of 5 years, 1895 to 1899, this includes his defeat at London Theatre when Guy Domville 1895 flopped, his self seclusion in Rye East Sussex, flashback to his former life in America, before going back and ending the story in Rye I picked up this book because this is both a 501 and a 1001 and I have been postponing this b [...]

    8. Paul on said:

      Thoughtful and well considered novel about a short period in the life of Henry James the novelist It is set in the late 1890s when James lived in Rye and is entirely told from the point of view of James and is placed in his interior life James is not an author I have read apart from some of his shorter stuff, but that didn t present any problems in reading and appreciating the book The basic knowledge I had about his life and family was enough.This novel moves slowly and is very descriptive,but [...]

    9. Steve on said:

      Nuanced is one of those great homological words Polysyllabic is the usual example a word that describes itself When multiple blurbs for a book call it nuanced, you can bet it ll feature in the way of inner life and less in the way of plot Of course, this can be good or bad depending on how skilled the writer is, how interesting the drill downs are, and the extent to which the M.O might otherwise be hackneyed or boilerplate It s like jazz standards I m not talking about the ivory tickler at Joe [...]

    10. Bettie☯ on said:

      Description The Master tells the story of Henry James, a man born into one of America s first intellectual families two decades before the Civil War In stunningly resonant prose, Tsibmn captures the loneliness and longing, the hope and despair of a man who never married, never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love.Withdrawn from London Borough of Redbridge LibrariesFOR BAIRBRE AND MICHAEL STACKOpening January 1895 Sometimes [...]

    11. Margaret on said:

      This book belongs to that genre of literary novels which create an imagined life based heavily on research for an historical character, in this case, the great novelist, Henry James Because there are other James family members appearing throughout, in person and in recollection, I refer to Henry James as Henry rather than as the customary James Although the eleven chapters focus on the events taking place during specified months, beginning with January 1894 and ending with October 1899, the narr [...]

    12. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      9 The Master 2004 , Colm T ib n The Master is a novel by Irish writer Colm T ib n The Master depicts the American born writer Henry James in the final years of the 19th century The eleven chapters of the novel are labelled from January 1895 to October 1899 and follow the writer from his failure in the London theatre, with the play Guy Domville, to his seclusion in the town of Rye, East Sussex, where in the following years he rapidly produced several masterpieces The novel starts with a portrait [...]

    13. Brenna on said:

      usually i get frustrated and bogged down when the pace of a book is as slow as this one, and when the plot isn t really the point but i loved loved loved this book, and loved its carefully crafted, meditative prose style i found myself reading much slowly than i usually do and thinking about what was being said, so for me it was of an interactive experience than reading usually is, and i loved that the sentence structure was challenging than the books i guess i ve been reading recently i fou [...]

    14. David on said:

      Colm T ib n is a genius In this novel, he explores the life and work of Henry James, spanning the period from 1895 to 1900 His characterization of James is so subtle and dare I say nuanced that I was forced to keep on reading Even though I don t particularly like Henry James or his work, by the time I finished this book, I was motivated to rethink my dislike If you re a James fan, this is probably a five star book for you For the rest of us, it s somewhere between 3 and 4 stars It definitely rei [...]

    15. Alex on said:

      It s pretty audacious to make Henry James the hero of your book T ib n starts by showing us this deeply closeted, repressed guy this is the Henry James we know But then he goes deeper, writing him as not just closeted but a coward, a selfish guy, and you re like whoa, hey And then he goes even deeper and shows the terrible damage he s inflicted on everyone around him through his cowardice and selfishness, and you realize T ib n hasn t made James the hero of his book he s made him the villain Tha [...]

    16. Joy H. on said:

      If you d like to get a feel for the personality and life of Henry James without struggling g , try this book.Colm Toibin, author of _The Master_, imitates Henry James style as he tells this fictionalized biography of part of Henry James life.I found it thrilling to feel so close to Henry James who has always seemed so distant as a writer It was interesting to learn, as I read Henry s inner thoughts, that he suffered from self doubt He was human after all.It was also interesting to read how James [...]

    17. Ron Charles on said:

      In The Art of Fiction, Henry James advises the beginning novelist, Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost Unfortunately, much of James s insight is now lost on us He grows revered and unread with each passing decade Shifting tastes, including a century of sensory overload, have rendered his social and emotional precision almost invisible Students still struggle through his ghost story, Turn of the Screw, but he s otherwise drifted off high school reading lists When forced to confro [...]

    18. Jana on said:

      I have loved all that I have read from Colm Toibin Add another one I m glad I read A Portrait of a Lady and Turn of the Screw before I read this so I had feel for Henry James s fiction The master of the title is Henry The book spends a lot of time in Italy, most of the time in England, and a lot of flashback to America I loved all of the settings, but my favorite was in Rye at Lamb House I ve been there And at the time I was into the fact that EF Benson lived there and set his lovely Mapp and [...]

    19. Avital on said:

      The Master tells about Henry James from the inside out and back The insight into the author s psych is mesmerizing and daring He also gives a picture of those times society, with the rich who offered their palaces, parties and company to artists all over Europe, and the artists who stayed as guests for months Henry James has enjoyed this kind of hospitality but he has also treasured his solitude It s hinted than once and in various ways that he was homosexual, but either he was a sexed or Toibi [...]

    20. David Carr on said:

      This has been the perfect book for me, never once a disappointment over my slow months of reading it, and I am so grateful My gratitude is enhanced by its unpredictability Henry James has never become very readable for me, as I tried to do when I was very young Now I see that I had been misled by a teacher who had too small a concept of the age and patience reading James requires So I had led myself to open The Ambassadors, never quite figuring out a word of it, thinking at times it had been wri [...]

    21. Pechi on said:

      While most biographies deal with the external lives of their heroes recording the pivotal moments in their histories and their material accomplishments, The Master unwaveringly charts the inner life of Henry James his emotional topography and vivid introspections with stunning clarity that leaves you feeling dangerously intimate to him, as if he were your favorite sibling The restrained prose could be compared to a deadly calm lake at night steady without any ripples, beautiful and reflecting mo [...]

    22. Dan on said:

      I had this on my TBR list way too long An excellent book by Colm Toibin giving a fictionalized account of Henry Jame s life I loved the style Toibin used selecting interesting and or significant events people places in James s life.

    23. Jeff on said:

      it s been a couple weeks since i finished _the master_, so i approach this review with both the benefit of critical distance and the burden of a poor memory for detail.ostensibly a fictional account of the life and inner mental workings of henry james, _the master_ ironically succeeds in painting nuanced portraits of james s cohorts while treating james himself as little than a caricature montage of social withdrawal, repressed homosexuality and inadvertant emotional carelessness While one may [...]

    24. Paola on said:

      This is my first Colm Toibin, and it definitely won t be the last he writes so beautifully, it is a joy to read, and this alone would earn top marks for me But I did find the subject matter disorienting I did not do any research before starting this novel, and so I can only presume that a lot of what the Henry James does and writes is based on Toibin s own research, perusal of correspondence, and so on But what about what Henry James thinks How he feels Hammond s hand on his shoulder, the meanin [...]

    25. Julie on said:

      The Master is the fictionalized biography of author Henry James James was born of a wealthy Boston family, but lived much of his life in Europe Throughout this book, James struggles in his relationships with both family and friends He never completely loses his aloof standoffish behavior as well as the book hints of a struggle accepting or exploring his sexuality I have to say that I really struggled with this book As I read over other people s reviews and I kept thinking Is that the same book M [...]

    26. C. on said:

      Margaret Drabble, Tracy Chevalier, Sarah Dunnant et al please take note this is good historical fiction.Although it was unclear to me at first the extent to which Colm T ib n s beautiful book The Master is historical fiction and to what extent it is biography Whatever it is, I absolutely adore it.I don t know much about Henry James in fact, I m somewhat ashamed to say I ve never read any of his books I ll get to it eventually I promise , but from reading some reviews, I get the impression that T [...]

    27. Laura on said:

      My rating 3.5 starsThis is the fictionalized story of Henry James life in the period of 1895 to 1899.The author describes his turbulent family life, including the suicide of his father, the tragic and early death of his sister Alice, his cousin Minny Temple who suffered from tuberculosis.Along the narrative, the author show the influence and or friendship of some authors on Henry James during the referred period of time of this book John Gray, Oscar Wilde among many others.His strong friendship [...]

    28. Bandit on said:

      I liked Brooklyn and wanted to read of T ib n s work Maybe this wasn t the right choice, but all the praises and reviews and awards seem to suggest otherwise Granted I m not a fan of James, I have no formed opinion of James, having never read his work, though I saw the film adaptations and they never made me want to read James Like some classic literature tends to, James work seemed to be something of a ploddingly slow variety, although most likely well written Appropriately enough just like Th [...]

    29. Julie Christine on said:

      This novel seeks to reveal the daily life and thoughts of American writer Henry James prior to his breakthrough novels, The Wings of Doves and The Golden Bowl It exposes the world of privilege and conceit of European literati and artists and those who seek to be on intimate terms with such talent and hopeful success One does not need to be a fan of Henry James or to even have read his work to enjoy this portrait the novel is beautifully rendered, intense and fascinating But it would be difficult [...]

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