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The Diary of a Man of Fifty

Henry James

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. . .I have been in India, in Africa, in Canada, and I have lived a good deal alone.  That inclines people, I think, to sudden bursts of confidence.  A week ago I came into Italy, where I spent six months when I was your age.  I came straight to Florence—I was eager to see it again, on account of associations.  They have been crowding upon me ever so thickly.  I have taken the liberty of giving you a hint of them.”  The young man inclined himself a little, in silence, as if he had been struck with a sudden respect.  He stood and looked away for a moment at the river and the mountains.  “It’s very beautiful,” I said.

“Oh, it’s enchanting,” he murmured.

“That’s the way I used to talk.  But that’s nothing to you.”

He glanced at me again.  “On the contrary, I like to hear.”

“Well, then, let us take a walk.  If you too are st. . . Read More

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גבר אנגלי בן 50 חוזר לפירנצה מקום בו הוא קיבל את ההחלטה המשמעותית בחייו, שעיצבה את עתידו.

בפירנצה הוא פוגש בבתה של הרוזנת שאהב עד כלות ובחר לעזוב. באמצעות המפגש הזה והמפגש עם הגבר הצעיר שמאוהב בה, הוא משחזר את עברו ואת הנסיבות שהובילו אותו לעזוב את האישה שמעולם לא הפסיק לאהוב.

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La vita è fatta di svincoli, non ci sono insegne né cartelli e né tanto meno indicazioni, procediamo poiché è nella nostra natura, sbagliando sapendo che indietro non è possibile tornare. Per questo nella nostra marcia viviamo anche di rimorsi e di rimpianti.

Interesting novella in the form of diary entries. No way near as great as anything else by James that I have read, but worth exploring anyhow.

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