Originally published in 1875 as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly, it traces the development of the title character, a sculptor. Funded by the wealthy Rowland Mallet, Roderick Hudson travels from America to Rome, where he becomes the talk of the city. He soon finds that Europe tests him in ways he had not anticipated, both as an artist and as a man.
American-born English author Henry James (1843- 1916) was one of the founders and leaders of realism in fiction and is considered to be one of the great British novelists.
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"Great starting point for Henry James"
If you have had trouble navigating the winding sentences of Henry James, try this, his first novel. It's normal! An excellent character study of the most rational of men and the most passionate, and the three women who loved one of them.
After Roderick, try some other Henry James audiobooks. He is most understandable read aloud, in my experience.
"endless, infinite author's preface"
I was never able to listen to the story. An hour in, I was still hearing only James' excruciatingly dull author's preface. Fast forwarding, I was never able to find where the preface ended and the story began. If I were a James scholar, I'm sure I'd find this preface useful; as a regular reader, I couldn't bear it. This book was a terrible waste of money.
Cut the preface. Or provide some kind of marker that would help listeners skip it and get right to the story.
"Roderick Hudson is most likely bipolar"
As an artist, I enjoyed the main character, a sculptor
Others in which a character disintegrates. Maybe the Goldfinch, a bit.
When Roderick sculpts his heart's desire.
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