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The Middle Years

Henry James

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I was doubtless then altogether unprepared to say; it probably came, however, I seem actually to make out, very much to this particular perception, exactly, that any penetration of the London scene would be experience after a fashion that an exercise of one's "mere intellectual curiosity" wherever else wouldn't begin to represent, glittering as the rewards to such curiosity amid alien peoples of genius might thoroughly appear. On the other hand it was of course going to be nothing less than a superlative help that one would have but to reach out straight and in the full measure of one's passion for these rewards, to find one's self carried all the way by one's active, one's contemplative concern with them—this delightful affair, fraught with increase of light, of joy and wonder, of possibilities of adventure for the mind, in fine, inevitably exhausting the relation.


Let me not here withal appear to pretend to say how far I then foresaw myself likely . . . Read More

Community Reviews

So far in the book, It's just been a mess of things. Just Rafe getting into trouble breaking rules we have at our own schools. It hasen't really been exciting. The chapters are very short. A few funny parts here and the but otherwise it's just been dull.

Rafe and his best friend, Leo the Silent decide to make middle school more interesting by breaking every rule in the Code of Conduct handbook. They have a very elaborate system for scoring points, losing points and even losing lives of which you are only allowed three before you fail. They call this

Okay, I'm a librarian, but I think this book tried too hard. I just never believed in the main character or the situations. And even though it tries to be funny, it's not funny. The drawings will appeal to kids, and I did like the surprise about Leo at the end, but overall, I was a little bored. Als

Rafe Katchadorian is in 6th grade. He has an imaginary friend called Leo who tells him he should do something cool. He should break all the rules.

I quite liked this funny story about a boy who's imagination is bigger than he is.

I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House Uk, Cornerstone and the a

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