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See last entry in s. The Turn of the Screw — Henry James The War of the Worlds — H. Wells a. OTOH I really liked the segments portraying the mind of the novelist at work, harvesting and hoarding events and people in his life for his next novel. On that level, for a reader like me, the novel succeeds. I am assuming biographical accuracy in The Magician , which is not a given in a fictionalised life. Their parents were remarkably tolerant both then and in later years in America, and not in ways that you might perhaps expect in a bohemian household because the Manns were not at all bohemian, they were bourgeois in their lifestyle and habits.
As I said in my review:. His was a powerful voice, and — having left Germany for Switzerland in when Hitler came to power, he had to decide how best to use his celebrity. He has written a letter denouncing the regime to the Zurich-German press, that when published would amount to cultural suicide. It is not just that he cannot ever go back unless things change, it is also that he is tormented by the idea that he shares the same cultural tradition as new regime, and may be tainted by it.
Well, of course, a writer even a very wealthy, successful one should do that, treat his work like a proper job, especially if he has something important to write about. And, yes, the routine of work can be a welcome distraction or a solace when everything around you is chaos.
Which brings me to why I feel discontented. I was mildly disappointed by House of Names:. Written in beautiful words, but held captive to a plot that could only be reworked in insignificant ways. His Clytemnestra, telling the story from her perspective, is restrained by his prose. The Magician, for me, is disappointingly the same.
It features central characters, Thomas Mann and his wife Katia, both of whom lack an authentic emotional range of responses to events. Surely writing a novel rather than a biography gives the novelist the opportunity to imagine a compelling interior life for its central characters? He shows how a young gay man marries because of fear of rejection by his conservative family; he shows how that decision impacts disastrously on the wife.
He shows the damage that can be done and felt, even in an apparently open and tolerant society like Australia. It is hard to credit that you both stayed in your luxury hotel while my brother was being buried. I told no one in Cannes that you were in Europe.
They would not have believed me. Your humanity is widely appreciated and applauded. I am sure you are enjoying loud praise in Scandinavia. It hardly bothers you, most likely, that these feelings of adulation are not shared by any of your children. Thomas placed the letter under a book on his bedside table. Later, he would read it once more and then he would destroy it. If Katia and Erika [his daughter] found out that it had been sent and asked him about it, he would say that he had not received it.
Guilt, regret, shame, denial, anger or indifference? Wikipedia tells me that Dutch India consisted of the settlements and trading posts of the Dutch East India Company on the Indian subcontinent. It is only used as a geographical definition, as there was never a political authority ruling all Dutch India and that Dutch presence on the Indian subcontinent lasted from to Underlining mine.
The Dutch East Indies , OTOH is a geographical entity which was ruled by the Dutch government from until August , when Indonesian nationalists declared independence which was formally recognised in So where exactly was Heuser? In India, safe enough while under British rule? Or in what is now Indonesia, soon to be occupied by the Japanese after Pearl Harbour? However, I found these:. Like Like. By: Tredynas Days on September 12, at pm. Yes, high expectations collapsed as I read on.
By: Lisa Hill on September 12, at pm. Maybe Nora and the others based on people he knew are more impressive because he knew them intimately, unlike Mann, who he presumably got to know through his writings and biographies of him — one step removed, in other words. Yes, you could be right about that. In this he covers the whole lifespan. That letter from Michael was deeply affecting to read. I thought that it was terrible, them not attending that burial. Really shameful. My overall view of Mann was that he was selfish and narcissistic and his reaction to that letter just fell into accord with that view.
Did you not find it amusing, the novel? Particularly the family conversations? By: Theresa Smith Writes on September 12, at pm. What we have in the novel is one letter that may have been written in intemperate rage and later deeply regretted. If Mann destroyed it, how do we know it existed and what its contents were? Whatever its authenticity, this is followed by a paragraph that makes us judge Mann in the same way as his son judges him. Who is to know whether Mann had by then suffered so many losses not mentioned in my review because of spoilers that he was just numb and needed to grieve in private?
Who is to know whether, in the knowledge that so many had died in the barbarity of the camps without any grave or memorial, Mann might have felt that a funeral was a kind of indulgence that he could not participate in because Germans no longer had a right to grieve their loved ones? After all, we know that until recently, Germans felt that they could not discuss their WW2 sufferings at all, because as a pariah nation they had lost the right to do so.
I liked it more in the beginning, it was as I read more of it that my discontent grew…. Like Liked by 2 people. I also think my lack of knowledge on Mann has made a difference too. By: Theresa Smith Writes on September 13, at am. Like Liked by 1 person. By: Lisa Hill on September 13, at am. I have enjoyed this discussion about it. I am without a bookclub now so this was like an impromptu one.
Just without the cake or face to face! By: Lisa Hill on September 13, at pm. I think I fall somewhere in between the two of you. Although I did have lots of issues with the novel and the writing choices made by Toibin, I did enjoy sections of the story. But it did feel like cramming a lot of facts and details into the story at the expense of the narrative.
But, like Lisa, the lack of emotional depth was confusing and made me feel like I was an outsider too — looking in, but not really a part of what was going on. By: Brona's Books on September 26, at pm. This has been so enlightening, discussing this book from three points of view. Really makes me miss having a book club! By: Theresa Smith Writes on September 26, at pm. Yes, and the input from other readers has been really good as well. By: Lisa Hill on September 26, at pm. The last straw for me was one night when I battled through howling rain and a new estate with no street names, only to find not only that I was the only one to have read the book but was also made to feel a bit odd because I had!
Not read either of these but your review is interesting. I must say I am not a fan of trendy phrases or corporate lingo though I do collect it with a friend to have a laugh. By: TravellinPenguin Pam on September 12, at pm. I hear you. Thanks, Paul, I appreciate you taking a look for me. A fascinating review Lisa. By: madamebibilophile on September 12, at pm.
By: kimbofo on September 12, at pm. Which will make your review all the more valuable. Books like this, in the prestige press, tend to be reviewed by experts who know a lot about the subject. By: wadholloway on September 12, at pm. Why not create new characters and situations? By: kaggsysbookishramblings on September 13, at am. I still intend to read it although it might not be until the end of the year.
I will eagerly pop over and read your review! Thank you for your kind comments! But I am curious, limited by what I could access because of paywalls, I have wondered whether a female reader notices the absence of authorial empathy and the weak characterisation of Katia more than a male does…. I saw a link to that on Twitter but was only able to read the first two paragraphs of it because of the paywall. The headline said it should never have been written, why was that? I bet they had more erudite reasons than mine!
Such a thorough and thoughtful response, Lisa. But that is a long time ago. We change so much and I was only saying recently that I doubt I would feel the same about any of them today. I did find Mann cold and curiously detached even then.
Perhaps he was as passive as Toibin portrays. Because he writes so beautifully, I had not stopped to think too much about a certain lack of empathy in some of the characters, particularly the female ones. By: Jan Dickinson on September 13, at am. I find myself thinking about Nora Webster and Brooklyn. So many reviews are by male reviewers, and again I find myself wondering whether that matters or not…. All very interesting. I see how time can change our view of much of our readings.
There is a kind of mystery to reading and its effects for I cannot remember much about Brooklyn and yet other authors leave a permanent imprint.
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Readers tend to grow uneasy when they start to wonder where the facts stop and the artistic license begins. But Toibin's impersonation of James works beautifully. The prose is appropriately grave and wistful, the sentences stately without being ponderous, the descriptions at once precise and evocative. The action, such as it is, moves smoothly from a time of temporary desolation to memories of horrible physical and mental suffering to angst-filled comedy James dithering about how to deal with two drunken servants, James uncertain about how to dispose of the dresses of a dead woman.
Toibin focuses on his subject in the years between , when James's play "Guy Domville" was hooted on its opening night, and , when his elder brother William came to visit at Lamb House, his beloved residence in Rye. But in between Toibin recreates scenes from James's childhood, offers a subtle interpretation of the apparent back injury — the so-called great "vastation" — that kept him out of the Civil War and helped make him an artist, and systematically introduces many of the people important in the writer's life.
Most of these are women: his protective mother; his bitterly witty invalid sister Alice; the life-enhancing Minny Temple, adored by all the young men at Harvard, including Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. All these figure as agents who help him determine his artistic destiny or as temptations to relinquish it for a more human existence.
Toibin does suggest that James's fundamental nature was homosexual, if largely unexpressed: He is notably fine in evoking the erotic tension between the novelist and a servant named Hammond presumably fictional and the "bewitched confusion" James feels for the sculptor Hendrik Andersen, portrayed here as muscular, ambitious, rather stupid and blindly selfish. One never knows where love will strike. Toibin's masterly prose excels particularly in an easy-going command of the style indirect libre, which conveys a character's mental processes in the third person: "He wished that he was halfway through a book, with no need to finish until the spring when serialization would begin.
He wished he could work quietly in his study with the haunting gray morning light of the London winter filtered through the windows. He wished for solitude and for the comfort of knowing that his life depended not on the multitude but on remaining himself. In The Master, Toibin uses it not only to enter James's mind but also as a means of giving us his reflections on his vocation.
Though a novel, The Master is almost a breviary of the religion of art. Consider these three different, but equally striking, passages:. He grew determined that he would become more hardworking now. He took up his pen again — the pen of all his unforgettable efforts and sacred struggles.
It was now, he believed, that he would do the work of his life. He was ready to begin again, to return to the old high art of fiction with ambitions now too deep and pure for any utterance. Her words haunted him so that saying them now, whispering them in the silence of the night brought her exacting presence close to him. The words constituted one sentence. Minny had written: 'You must tell me something that you are sure is true.
His relationship with Constance would be hard to explain; Andersen was perhaps too young to know how memory and regret can mingle, how much sorrow can be held within, and how nothing seems to have any shape or meaning until it is well past and lost and, even then, how much, under the weight of pure determination, can be forgotten and left aside only to return in the night as piercing pain.
Sometimes one feels a little too strongly that Toibin is plumping down the "real" events and figures behind the better known fictive ones. Sometimes it seems that he veers close to the besetting fault of so much historical fiction, that of having the hero mention or meet virtually every famous figure of the time.
For instance, in the final pages of the book, in a single conversation, he presents William James outlining the lectures that will become The Varieties of Religious Experience, Henry James describing his current projects — clearly "The Beast in the Jungle" and The Ambassadors — and their visitor Edmund Gosse announcing that he's been mulling over a book about his childhood, one that will obviously become the only thing people still read by him, the wonderful Father and Son.
But such great works are the final justification for lives spent thinking and writing about the nature of human experience. The Master is hardly a typical summer book, but it is convincing and enthralling. Those of an investigative bent might read it with an occasional glance through some of the biographical scholarship that Toibin cites in his acknowledgments.
Others, new to James, might go on to look at the Master's actual work, starting perhaps with John Auchard's recently revised Portable Henry James Penguin , an exceptional work of selection and distillation. But you don't need to do either of these. Colm Toibin has written a superb novel about a great artist, and done it in just the right way. Toibin studies how a changing world impacted on the lives of people who, on the whole, kept their homosexuality hi From the Irish woman returning to Dublin and discovering a city that refuses to acknowledge her long absence, to the young Pakistani man who seeks some kind of permanence in a strange town, each of the stories in The Empty Family miraculously contains whole worlds.
In his new book Colm Toibin delineates with a tender and unique sensibility lives of unspoken or unconscious longing, of individuals, Richard Garay lives alone with his mother, hiding his sexuality from her and from those around him. Stifled by a job he despises, he finds himself willing to take considerable risks. Set in Argentina in a time of great change, The Story of the Night is a powerful and moving novel about a man who, as the Falklands War is fought and lost, finds his own way to emerge into the world.
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