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The Lesson of the Master

Henry James

Book Overview: 

A promising young writer meets an older man whose works have inspired him, as well as a highly intelligent and attractive young woman, at a gathering in a country house. Anxious to learn all he can from the older writer, the young man seeks his views not only about art, but also the way in which a serious artist should live. By the end of the work, he has indeed learned his lessons, albeit not quite those that he was expecting. It's not giving anything away to say that this work bears some resemblance to James's later novel, The Ambassadors, which in many ways engages the same questions.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ow him—he wants so to talk to you,” returned Miss Fancourt, who evidently had the habit of saying the things that, by her quick calculation, would give people pleasure.  Paul saw how she would always calculate on everything’s being simple between others.

“I shouldn’t have supposed he knew anything about me,” he professed.

“He does then—everything.  And if he didn’t I should be able to tell him.”

“To tell him everything?” our friend smiled.

“You talk just like the people in your book!” she answered.

“Then they must all talk alike.”

She thought a moment, not a bit disconcerted.  “Well, it must be so difficult.  Mr. St. George tells me it is—terribly.  I’ve tried too—and I find it so.  I’ve tried to write a novel.”

“Mr. St. George oughtn’t to discourage . . . Read More

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تتحدث الرواية عن شاب بول أوفرت كاتب روائي يعيش في لندن حيث مجريات الأحداث حيث يلتقي بالشابة الآنسة فانكورت و يعجب بذكائها و تميزها بعفويتها و لكن عدة نصائح من المعلم هنري سانت جورج الكاتب الروائي الشهير و المعروف و الذي كان الشاب بول مبهور به و بما طرحه من كتبه... تأخذ نصائح المعلم الشاب بول إلى ترك


عملٌ عظيم عظيم عظيم!
كتاب صغير وخفيف ولكن الدرس الذي بين دفتّيه بالغ الفداحة!
من الأعمال الرائعة التي تتناول الفن والأدب والفنّان والإنسان والمجتمع والحياة وانسجام كل هذه "المُتضادات" -حسب نظرة سانت جورج- في قالبٍ بالغ الشفافية والغموض في ذات الوقت.

أما عن الترجمة، ماذا عساي أن أقول؟ لا أستطيع أن أتخي

رائع بحق ، وماأدهشني تنسيقه للأحداث فيما يشدّني على مهل ليصنع دهشة في اللحظات الأخيرة على غير توقع ، نوع جديد من الكتب ، سحر يتوغّل فيك بصمت، ستتابع وتضع الكتاب جانباً مرة ، و تشعر بالضجر مرة، لأنّ التفاصيل لم تظهر لك وجه الحكاية بعد ، ولا شيء استثنائي، ولكنّك مشدود مع ذلك و لا تدري كيف و لماذا ، يس

Un colpo di stiletto

Perfido, meraviglioso, Henry James.
Nonostante il finale sia prevedibile e non giunga inatteso, nonostante il rapporto fra i due scrittori protagonisti della novella - il giovane promettente Paul Overt e l'affermato Henry St. George - li ponga a confronto e da subito in antitesi s

Woman the Domesticator is the downfall of Man the Artist. try as he may, his anger and his insight and his vision, his credibility and his entire artistic sensibility will be degraded until he is a mere shadow of his once rigorous self. wife and children and safe, happy home shall all participate in

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