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The Other House

Henry James

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A dramatic tale of passion and unrequited love, involving a deathbed promise, murder and a cover-up, all of which takes place in a tight-knit community of people.

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I love how James’ here displayed his original style, dark and satiric humor, and often subtle insight into all of humanity’s worst qualities. As Begley’s introduction suggests, the short novel displays some great theatrical artisanship and sometimes even reads like a tragic Oscar Wilde play.

One of James' least-loved works, both as a novel and a play. I actually enjoyed it, but it does require some suspension of disbelief. The plot revolves around the mysterious murder of a child, a drama of abnormal psychology modelled after Ibsen. The trick (for me) was to mostly ignore these elements

Tengo que decir que Henry James es un autor que me encanta y hasta ahora todos sus libros habían sido descubrimientos maravillosos, pero este me dejó decepcionada.


La historia inicia en casa de una pareja que acaba de tener una niña, y la esposa queda delicada, ese día llega la vecina co

Read in the 70s in a graduate-level seminar I took as an undergraduate English major. In a study written for that class, I labeled this 1896 tale a "sensationalistic novel of thwarted love and murder" (which I see now should've read "murder and thwarted love") and went on to explore in detail how Ib

Worst James I've read? Certainly. I recognize that there are reasons for that: this was meant to be a play, and he's much better at understated moral turmoil than understated murderous rage. And if you're interested in James' career you'll want to read this at some point. But in itself? It reads lik

The Other House - this Henry James is one of the oddest novels I’ve ever read. The six main characters, three women and three men, all well-educated, well-spoken members of the English upper class, sip their tea, converse in the most highly polished civilized manor, but how civilized are they, reall

Brain is not working right now, so rough notes only. HJ is obviously transitioning from the play to the novel form, as shown in all the very clear scene delineations from one chapter to another. New character interaction = new scene. Difficult to get through, probably because it was hard to engage w

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