Book review: The Master by Colm Tóibín


The MasterThe Master by Colm Tóibín
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My rating: 3.5 stars

This is the fictionalized story of Henry James life in the period of 1895 to 1899.

The author describes his turbulent family life, including the suicide of his father, the tragic and early death of his sister Alice, his cousin Minny Temple who suffered from tuberculosis.

Along the narrative, the author show the influence and/or friendship of some authors on Henry James during the referred period of time of this book: John Gray, Oscar Wilde among many others.

His strong friendship with Constance Fenimore Woolson – the great-niece of James Fenimore Cooper – played an important role in James’s females characters.

His relationship with Hendrik Christian Andersen is also described in this book.

Another interesting book on the same subject  is A Private Life Of Henry James – Two Women & His Art by Lyndall Gordon.

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3.5* The Master
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