The Master tells the story of Henry James, an American-born genius of the modern novel who becomes a connoisseur of exile, living among artists and aristocrats in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London. Colm Toibin captures the exquisite anguish of a man whose artistic gifts made his career a triumph but whose private life was haunted by loneliness and longing.
©2005 Colm Toibin; (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2006.
"Toibin makes James seem more human than, for me, Leon Edel's famous biography ever did." (Sunday Times)
I was so intrigued to read this, as a fan of Henry James, but found this so-called novel lacked anything like the depth of its subject. The observations of his character seem brittle and superficial. I found it heavy going and unrewrading.
This is like hearing Henry James telling his own story: the care and clarity of language seem to be a compliment to the reader/listener, every word considered. Colm Toibin seems to have entered the mind of this strange man, and made both his life and his writing comprehensible.
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