The Master

The Master

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In January 1895 Henry James anticipates the opening of his first play, Guy Domville, in London. The production fails, and he returns, chastened and humiliated, to his writing desk. The result is a string of masterpieces, but they are produced at a high personal cost.

In The Master Colm Toibin captures the exquisite anguish of a man who circulated in the grand parlours and palazzos of Europe, who was astonishingly vibrant and alive in his art, and yet whose attempts at intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. It is a powerful account of the hazards of putting the life of the mind before affairs of the heart.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 23mm | 260g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 28. repr.
  • 0330485660
  • 9780330485661
  • 16,729

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A remarkable novel about Henry James, the American novelist and a connoisseur of exile. "Colm Toibin takes us almost shockingly close to the soul of Henry James and, by extension, to the mystery of art itself. It is a remarkable, utterly original book" Michael Cunningham, author of )The Hours(
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A must read. Colm Toibin has not only written a spectacular novel he has found a way to pay tribute to Henry James. We should all be so gifted and so lucky. -- Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones and Lucky A marvel of lightly worn research and modulated tone. -- John Updike * New Yorker * An audacious, profound, and wonderfully intelligent book. -- Hermione Lee * Guardian *
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About Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of several novels, including Brooklyn, the 2009 Costa Novel of the Year, The Master, which was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize and winner of the LA Times Book Prize and the IMPAC Book Award, and The Blackwater Lightship, which was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize and the 2001 IMPAC Award. His non-fiction includes Bad Blood, Homage to Barcelona, The Sign of the Cross and Love in a Dark Time. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He lives in Dublin.
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8,290 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 28% (2,362)
4 38% (3,173)
3 23% (1,941)
2 7% (612)
1 2% (202)
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