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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.


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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

30 review for The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Doreen Petersen

    It was just okay. Hoping sequel is better. I wouldn't bother with this one. It was just okay. Hoping sequel is better. I wouldn't bother with this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    James is a superb writer. Although his paragraphs are very long and intricate, his story telling is amazing. The descriptions of Venice are dazzling. James understood women very well and this story circles around three friends and variations on love and money. Our book group is reading this novel for September. i love this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Scott O. Kaszyk

    Wow, without a doubt, the worst book I've ever read. I couldn't wait to finish and definitely will not be reading volume 2. To use James' own words, this book was just a bunch of "twaddle." I could tell from the first few page with his continuous use of comma after comma after comma that I was not going to enjoy this author. I can entirely imagine this sort of writing is what drove Hemingway to his condensed style. I could see if the mid-sentence interruptions were poetic or added texture to the Wow, without a doubt, the worst book I've ever read. I couldn't wait to finish and definitely will not be reading volume 2. To use James' own words, this book was just a bunch of "twaddle." I could tell from the first few page with his continuous use of comma after comma after comma that I was not going to enjoy this author. I can entirely imagine this sort of writing is what drove Hemingway to his condensed style. I could see if the mid-sentence interruptions were poetic or added texture to the overall story. But they mostly were just that - interruptions that made his prose unbearable. Unfortunately, and amazingly, there are two more of his books on my top 100 list that I'll have to ignore. I just can't stomach this sort of writing. Cumbersome to read and wholly about nothing. Looking back after 151 grueling pages I still don't see a story. Nothing happens and I could care less about the inner lives of these unimportant snobs and their imagined conflicts. Give me a break.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    This society novel has a curious style in which the author rambles at length giving a general sense or description of events and comversations, of thought processes, rather than presenting dialogue in the traditional way. I know surprisingly little about Henry James and should probably do some research but I imagine this was considered a groundbreaking approach to the novel at the time. I'm not sure it's aged terribly well in terms of accessibility to the modern reader, and the plot isn't really This society novel has a curious style in which the author rambles at length giving a general sense or description of events and comversations, of thought processes, rather than presenting dialogue in the traditional way. I know surprisingly little about Henry James and should probably do some research but I imagine this was considered a groundbreaking approach to the novel at the time. I'm not sure it's aged terribly well in terms of accessibility to the modern reader, and the plot isn't really substantial enough to warrant such an approach, although I can see that given the web of deception woven, giving us the internal dialogue of various characters is important. I certainly did enjoy it in the end, but I'm not sure everyone would.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    If I could give half-stars, this would be 1.5 stars. Florid to an egregious extent, my rating isn't so much a reflection of the quality of the book/writing so much as this was an absolute CHORE to read. The most unpleasant reading experience I've had in years, I frankly thought of putting the book down several times during the meandering, yammering, endless strings of commas and complex sentences. God bless the people who love this book because it did not work for me at all. If I could give half-stars, this would be 1.5 stars. Florid to an egregious extent, my rating isn't so much a reflection of the quality of the book/writing so much as this was an absolute CHORE to read. The most unpleasant reading experience I've had in years, I frankly thought of putting the book down several times during the meandering, yammering, endless strings of commas and complex sentences. God bless the people who love this book because it did not work for me at all.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Sprunger

    Pt. 1: Defining Henry James as "Gibberish." I've identified three distinct types of gibberish through my inspection of modern literature. There is the "crypto-gibberish" of John Dos Passos, which takes a little work to be decoded but can be as pleasurable as a painting or poem once apprehended. Then there's the "total" gibberish of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, in which something is ostensibly buried in impenetrable word salad (that, to be honest, probably exists for no reason other than to hea Pt. 1: Defining Henry James as "Gibberish." I've identified three distinct types of gibberish through my inspection of modern literature. There is the "crypto-gibberish" of John Dos Passos, which takes a little work to be decoded but can be as pleasurable as a painting or poem once apprehended. Then there's the "total" gibberish of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, in which something is ostensibly buried in impenetrable word salad (that, to be honest, probably exists for no reason other than to hear itself clang), but is designed not to be found (so why bother?). Finally - and most reprhensible of all - is the "estates" gibberish of Henry James. I acknowledge a certain flaw in this taxonomy. Henry James's original style placed him at odds with - rather than in league with - the cavalier stylings of Joyce, et al. James didn't make up words, talk about pooping, or make up words to talk about pooping. James wouldn't have talked about pooping at all - obliquely or not - he was far too british for that. James, in fact, was ferociously proud of his perfect English elocution and prose - prose that was so masterful and self defeating (a metaphor for the fat-elvis period of court and empire itself) - that his became a language comprehensible to a very few. Pt. 2: Assuming "Gibberish" is Anathema to the English Novel; Defending Allegations of Henry James as "Gibberish." Even though the words he used were the height of perfection and regularity, James used them like nunchaku - in a whirlwind of eccentric arcs that only the most certified mental powerhouse could keep pace with intellectually. Once that mode of communicating crosses a certain vector of eccentricity, it passes a point of no return. Language, at that point, does become like nunchaku - terrifying and frantic; destined to destroy something (maybe everything) but unable to focus and make its point any longer. Rather than persuade, nunchaku force one to flee or fight. The purpose of the English novel has been debated, but few have argued that it is inherently an unreasonable object that must either be fought or run away from. Proponents of the form suggest the English novel is basically good for you. Language applied like James in 1902 is like a shotgun discharged point blank at a human face. It does that human face no good whatsoever. Pt. 3: Argument for "Attacking" Wings of the Dove on the Assumption that Whatever Is In There Has Value. (You'll notice this section is blank.)ii

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jane Barber

    Ex-Pat Lit. Classic.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christie Bane

    Well, at least this is slightly more readable than James Joyce, and if everything by him is one star, I guess I will be generous and give Henry James two. I know the names of the main characters and that there's something happening with an English girl who's in love with a guy who's not wealthy, and who can't be with that guy because of her controlling rich aunt for some reason I can't figure out. Also there's a very rich American girl with no family but with a "companion", an older woman named Well, at least this is slightly more readable than James Joyce, and if everything by him is one star, I guess I will be generous and give Henry James two. I know the names of the main characters and that there's something happening with an English girl who's in love with a guy who's not wealthy, and who can't be with that guy because of her controlling rich aunt for some reason I can't figure out. Also there's a very rich American girl with no family but with a "companion", an older woman named Susan who was friends long ago with the controlling aunt back in England. I am not really sure what any of these people have to do with each other, but they all meet up in England and I still have Volume Two to figure out what happens. By my standards of "I have to enjoy a book for it to be a good book", this is not a good book. It's a lot of work. But God forbid I not be acquainted with one of the 100 Most Influential Novels of the 20th Century! I will persevere. 200 more pages and approximately 10,000,000,000 useless commas to go.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    It was better than I expected. At least, that's when I could focus on the story instead of all the commas. Seriously, Henry James used more commas in a sentence that a teenager uses "like." Very distracting. It was better than I expected. At least, that's when I could focus on the story instead of all the commas. Seriously, Henry James used more commas in a sentence that a teenager uses "like." Very distracting.

  10. 4 out of 5

    suzy face

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bennett Shulman

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tonja

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  14. 5 out of 5

    NancyKay

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kaplan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Loretta Ghivizzani

  18. 4 out of 5

    Scarlett

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Cossa

  20. 4 out of 5

    R.Petrusiak

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Fleskes

  22. 5 out of 5

    Constance McCarthy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen Ottenmann and Evelynn Stauss

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carl

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alina

  26. 5 out of 5

    Berta

  27. 5 out of 5

    Martyn James Walley

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  29. 4 out of 5

    Scott Sands

  30. 5 out of 5

    Liz

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