Supplementary: “A cartload of apes and ivory” – Rebecca West on ‘The Golden Bowl’

‘The Golden Bowl’ certainly divides opinion. Reading some online reviews I came across a wonderful demolition of the novel by the awesome Rebecca West. I make no apologies for quoting at length from her analysis – West never pulls her punches and has a magnificent turn of phrase. She opens by calling the novel “anContinue reading “Supplementary: “A cartload of apes and ivory” – Rebecca West on ‘The Golden Bowl’”

Book review: Unreadable novels, with specific reference to ‘The Golden Bowl’ by Henry James, 1904

What makes a novel unreadable? We all have our own breaking points – I may have just have found mine. This post explores the features of ‘The Golden Bowl’ that are making it, for me, almost unreadable. Sentence structure “He found it convenient, oddly, even for his relation with himself—though not unmindful that there mightContinue reading “Book review: Unreadable novels, with specific reference to ‘The Golden Bowl’ by Henry James, 1904”