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The Master
The Master
Author: Colm Toibin
Like Michael Cunningham in The Hours, Colm Tóibín captures the extraordinary mind and heart of a great writer. Beautiful and profoundly moving, The Master tells the story of 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, Ve...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743250412
ISBN-10: 0743250419
Publication Date: 4/19/2005
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 43 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Alohna avatar reviewed The Master on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This is a sensitive, finely drawn portrait of Henry James, "The Master". The author "lifts the veil" on what it may mean to be a writer of genius, that is someone whose gift surpasses his ability to live life. Our book group all thought it was amazing. I'm inspired to read the rest of James.
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A compelling example of American life in literature, being the intellectual history of the James family focusing on Henry and his writing with forays into William's philosophical wonderings and the strengths of their sister Alice.
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"The Master" is Henry James, and Colm Toibin imagines his life, showing him leaving his own country to live in London, Paris and Rome among the artistic elite of the era. His novels demonstrate James' mastery of psychological insight, but in his private life, his attempts at the intimacy of friendship or love result in shipwreck on the rocky coast of his need for privacy. The result is a lonely life. Toibin's own insight into James is worthy of "The Master" himself. A thoroughly good read,a touching and sad portrait of genius.
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Superb fictional portrait of Henry James. Really delves into the heart and mind of the man. Toibin also demonstrates used observations of his acquaintances as material for his novels.
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This historical novel is an extrodinary glimpse into the life of Henry James, his era and the people who were not only significant in his life but the world at large.
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This portrait of Henry James is one of the writer-as-observer, and contains many passages of would-be-conflict that make you grit your teeth in anticipation of the subject's response.