View all 16 comments. Aug 06, Lynne King rated it liked it Shelves: us-authors , definitely-to-read , novella. I have very mixed feelings about this novella. So I decided upon this book as there are only eighty pages and it seemed as good a place as ever to start. I went in the month of December, many years ago, with an aged aunt which did not auger well.
We were also ripped off by a gondolier who nearly dropped my Aunt into the foul-smelling canal! The backdrop of Venice seems to be far more enticing in this book than when I was exposed to it. She turns out to be a wiley individual, who surprises our narrator by being money-oriented and manages to extract 1, francs a month for three months from the elusive lodger.
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He in turn entices them with the prospect of a garden abundant with flowers, as Tina loved them, and in his efforts to further ingratiate himself with the pair, starts delivering the cut blooms to their apartment in the palazzo. This book is about choice and intrigue more than anything and that is the amusing thread that permeates it.
I kept on getting the feeling that each individual was trying to outdo the other and the most successful person being? His greed for the papers is uppermost in his mind. Is his ambition so great to get his wish granted? As for the twist at the end, well this is where the choice comes in but which way will our narrator go? How ambitious is he really? Did I like this book?
I have ambivalent feelings and so I will go middle of the road. View all 26 comments. Dec 02, Stephen P rated it it was amazing Shelves: henry-james.
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Here James has set himself a larger stage in which to develop characters grown out of the intrigue of the tale. While reading I felt the stage growing, as though James was keeping up with the narration as it was told. The punctiliousness of his style set the perfect distance within which to watch the characters and to live with them. Mine was engrossed. I needed to find out what was going to happen with these people, with the problem about where the Aspern Papers were, would end up. We have an idea from the beginning from our narrator where they might reside. The poet of the papers is to our journalist more than icon, residing within him as a form of a god.
But it is not forgotten that beyond the literary ethereal existence residing in the treasure trove of letters there also awaits fame and a banquet of money. James has found the perfect setting, or it has found him, of early century Venice, its winding canals, the magical transport of oared gondolas, an old palatial home, itself wearing down under the weight of passing years. Locked within are the ancient aunt and the elderly niece who live an existence that does not include their leaving their sanctuary or allowing others in. This is a world that exists within itself. James leaves us no choice but to carry it inside us, be affected by it, with its parables of greed and yearnings, of the suffocation of loss.
This is a work of art so be careful. Aug 30, Ben Loory rated it really liked it. View all 7 comments. Originally published in , this short novel reads like a contemporary mystery or thriller. James' prose is beautiful and complex like many of his peers of the day, but does not feel as weighted down. In fact, the use of candles and other time indicators aside, one could easily convince me Aspern was recently written by one of today's better writers. To be sure, James writes suspense and surprise endings as well as any genre author.
If you've read Turn of the Screw, this won't come as a surpri Originally published in , this short novel reads like a contemporary mystery or thriller. If you've read Turn of the Screw, this won't come as a surprise. All told, if you are a genre reader who is looking to introduce classic literature into your reading, you could do worse than to start here. Also, literature readers looking for a quick beach read that will still make you look more erudite than Sidney Sheldon, Henry James' Aspern Papers might fit the bill. Apr 25, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: gothic , unreliable-narrator.
Chilling, elegant, and dark. View 2 comments. Aug 06, Sketchbook rated it it was amazing.
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To get what you want, would you pay a price -- or bolt? James handles the sexuality v sedately, as expected. But it's compelling nonetheless. And sex is a metaphor for Anything. I've now read 3xs. Oct 24, Jeanette rated it really liked it. To be completely honest I would not have continued this off and on 5 pages at a time, I must admit if it had been many more pages than the novella length shorty that it is. People complain about Faulkner sentence structure and length! Not normal English in any modern sense of how you define "normal". Some passages are so obtuse that after reading and rereading I still only got a nuance for mood or tone and not a To be completely honest I would not have continued this off and on 5 pages at a time, I must admit if it had been many more pages than the novella length shorty that it is.
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Some passages are so obtuse that after reading and rereading I still only got a nuance for mood or tone and not any concrete definitive information that would contain some noun. Let alone to approach a "meaning". Did people, do people read this kind of language for FUN? I wonder. But all told, it's dead spot on to put the reader well into the exact emotive and speculative atmospheres here between these 3 people.
It does. What a slimy user our critic is! By the end of the work, I couldn't stand him or his immense arrogance. Enough about the ploy and the plot in this thing. What really made my day in the reading was thinking of Paola Brunetti of Leon's series during most of it. And her Venice and that so familiar arrogance- yet in a much more present time. Only those of you who have read all of those Guidi Brunetti police fare series will probably understand this persistent overlay of print copy personalities.
Yes, it is rather a sick symptom. When you read too much- it is often that the classics fare that pales. Oh yes, I can certainly see the endless snob appeal in this for Paola and how she reigns most regally on the top floors with a Henry James book consistently in her hand.