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The Golden Bowl

The Golden Bowl by Henry James
By: (1843-1916)

The Golden Bowl by Henry James is a beautifully crafted novel that delves into the complexities of human relationships and the destructive power of secrets. The story follows the lives of two couples, Maggie and Amerigo, and Charlotte and Prince Amerigo, whose lives become entangled in a web of deceit and betrayal.

James' prose is elegant and nuanced, and he deftly explores the intricacies of his characters' emotions and motivations. The novel delves into themes of love, marriage, and the nature of truth, and James skillfully builds tension throughout the narrative.

However, some readers may find the novel's slow pacing and dense prose challenging to navigate. The story unfolds gradually, and James' meticulous attention to detail can feel overwhelming at times.

Overall, The Golden Bowl is a compelling exploration of the complexities of human relationships and the price of deception. Henry James' masterful storytelling and rich character development make this a novel worth exploring for fans of classic literature.

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The Golden Bowl is a 1904 novel by Henry James. Set in England, this complex, intense study of marriage and adultery completes what some critics have called the “major phase” of James’ career. The Golden Bowl explores the tangle of interrelationships between a father and daughter and their respective spouses. The novel focuses deeply and almost exclusively on the consciousness of the central characters, with sometimes obsessive detail but also with powerful insight.

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