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Italian Hours

Henry James

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .nly feel it must be for another day, would in a different connection have set me richly reconstructing.

Madame Sand's famous Venetian year has been of late immensely in the air—a tub of soiled linen which the muse of history, rolling her sleeves well up, has not even yet quite ceased energetically and publicly to wash. The house in question must have been the house to which the wonderful lady betook herself when, in 1834, after the dramatic exit of Alfred de Musset, she enjoyed that remarkable period of rest and refreshment with the so long silent, the but recently rediscovered, reported, extinguished, Doctor Pagello. As an old Sandist—not exactly indeed of the première heure, but of the fine high noon and golden afternoon of the great career—I had been, though I confess too inactively, curious as to a few points in the topography of the eminent adventure to which I here allude; but had never got beyond the little public fact, in itself alw. . . Read More

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Miesiące zajęło mi dokończenie tej książki. Chociaż opisy miast były niezwykle poetyckie i momentami wręcz wzruszające, to tak samo mocno egzaltowane. Niemniej, odnalazłam tutaj najpiękniejsze weneckie weduty malowane przez autora - przede wszystkim - grą światła. Po tak dobrym początku, poczułam si

Henry James w liście do brata pisał, że właśnie w Italii znajduje niewyrażalne "coś", " niedającą się zanalizować cudowność". Książka do smakowania. Po prostu iść z autorem i kontemplować, podziwiać włoskie cudowności.

Italian Hours by Henry James takes us on pretty well-known Italian sights. But is it possible for this particular author to express himself, albeit with a true talent for sentence construction, and notwithstanding his undeniable grasp of vocabulary, though sometimes rather mis-placed, I might say!,

What to make of late James?
He has his own way—he makes it all right. It now becomes just a part of the charming solicitation that it presents precisely a problem—that of giving the particular thing as much as possible without at the same time giving it, as we say, away.
There are considerations, pro

This man was an unbelievably good writer. His descriptions were poetic and simple and precise. Wonderful book for lovers of Italy.

Ani nevím, co napsat- kniha to je jistě kvalitní, nabitá informacemi a postřehy. Jen se bohužel vůbec nedá číst. Ten jazyk druhé poloviny 19. století, to jak autor střídavě v komplikovaných souvětích popisuje každý záhyb roucha na Giottově obrazu a střídavě lehce zašifrovaně naráží na detaily málo v

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