Mrs Gereth is convinced that Fleda Vetch would make the perfect daughter-in-law. Only the dreamy, highly-strung young woman can genuinely appreciate, and perhaps eventually share, Mrs Gereth's passion for her 'things' - the antique treasures she has amassed at Poynton Park in the south of England. Owen Gereth, however, has inconveniently become engaged to the uncultured Mona Brigstock. As a dramatic family quarrel unfolds, the hesitating Fleda is drawn in, yet she remains reluctant to captivate Owen, who seems as attracted to her as she is to him. Is she motivated by scruple or fear? In The Spoils of Poynton (1897), Henry James created a work of exquisite ambiguity in his depiction of three women fighting for the allegiance of one weak-willed man.
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美国亚马逊： 11 条评论
James at his comedic finest2014年9月16日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Whoever thought Henry James could write a really funny book? It may not be Catch-22, or Enderby, or Lolita, but it reeks and drips with irony and has genuine laugh-out-loud scenes, especially starring Mrs. Gereth, who is blunt about pandering Fleda to her feckless son. Spare and incisive, with only a disagreeable surfacing now and then of James' 'late' style (ponderous and unnecessarily intricate, making you read over sentences five times to extract their meaning), This is the first book he wrote after the excruciating failure of the play Guy Domville (see Leon Edel's bio, if you can stand cringing at the way James was treated) and he apparently said to himself: "I will show these cretins how a real writer writes." You cannot go wrong if you like James.
The Old Time Radio Buff
SPOILS ... is quite a prize!1997年9月25日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Henry James' Spoils of Poynton is a jewel--quite a prize indeed. His shorter fiction and essays are among his most balanced efforts. He's a writer who is constantly obsessed with polishing his work. And the larger the piece the more cumbersome and tedious that polishing often becomes for him. This small work with few of the devisive distractions that seem to haunt his major projects, contains some his crispest and most telling dialogue. And you may feel in certain succinct instances that you have somehow entered profoundly into the pysche of that character for a moment Here, at least on those rare occasions, James' subtlety and charm counterbalance his observation of human cruelty with all the poise the author may have wished..
Daniel G Deana MD
either like it or not2018年2月2日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
19th century literature...either like it or not....but if you like to read , try it