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Some Short Stories

Henry James

Book Overview: 

Collection of short stories by Henry James

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Marylebone, one of those corners of London that wear the last expression of sickly meanness. The room into which I was shown was above the small establishment of a dyer and cleaner who had inflated kid gloves and discoloured shawls in his shop-front. There was a great deal of grimy infant life up and down the place, and there was a hot moist smell within, as of the "boiling" of dirty linen. Brooksmith sat with a blanket over his legs at a clean little window where, from behind stiff bluish-white curtains, he could look across at a huckster's and a tinsmith's and a small greasy public-house. He had passed through an illness and was convalescent, and his mother, as well as his aunt, was in attendance on him. I liked the nearer relative, who was bland and intensely humble, but I had my doubts of the remoter, whom I connected perhaps unjustly with the opposite public-house—she seemed somehow greasy with the same grease—and whose furtive eye followed every movement. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Difficult sentence structure or writing style, I don't know which, but I had a tough time following the plot.

I haven't made it through a lot of Henry James before (I read part of Washington Square and then left it on a bus!) so these were an education. I'm not sure I always get the subtle commentary but I appreciate the look into the nooks and crannies of the British class system.

Brooksmith - a servant get

This collection from the early 1920s was my first experience of James. I found his writing to be social, not natural; nuanced rather than active and almost pictorial as opposed to being narrative. In addition, he is at times frustratingly obtuse. The actual point of what his characters are trying to

Breathtakingly good! Every single story unique and intriguing, albeit of another time (people today might find it hard to get a grip on). I'm struck most by the last story 'Mrs Medwin', of how an American 'placing agent' Miss Cutter is at work, her power of discerning the 'real need' from various pe

You gotta know when to hold em, know when to fold em, know when to walk away, know when to run. Never count your money when you’re sitting at the table. There will be time enough for counting when the dealings done.

It’s a game.

I liked Henry James' short stories very much. Had I been born a century earlier I am sure I would have liked them even more.

Melodrama in James is sordid in a very instrumentalist way; there is nothing overly redemptive or sickly touching about the characters. It is the atmosphere that is the result, the outcome, the end of the situation, and the action unfolding is mere fleshing out of character. My favorites from this c

Nice book, good solid stories. Sad, interesting, and attention-holding. Sometimes the dialogue is too vague for me, I have felt that in other Henry James books, although I like Henry James and persist in reading through his stuff.

I read this book while reading short stories by D.H. Lawrence at the

While reading "Dust" by Martha Grimes, Henry James' house and works were woven into the plot line. Knowing it is considered a classic author, I thought I'd give it a go and read something by him. I have read classic lit authors and enjoyed them, Trollope, Dickens, Joyce, Maugham and others and expec

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