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Do yourself a favor and take a step back in time and read this one.
It offers such a harsh look at Boston upper crust society that it can be regarded as James's sour valentine to his hometown.
James also had the habit of leaving much unsaid, which makes his stories frequently more sexless than plausible.
After "Washington Square" and the "Aspern Papers", I eagerly started this book. A little more than the first half of the book was very challenging: a lot of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by An American in Florence
It's a nice novel with a lot of irony, just as one expects from Henry James. The confict in the story is a bit too simple for this length though.Published 4 months ago by Agnes Kelemen
Wonderful treasury of elegant usage of the English language.Published 5 months ago by Paul Brown Jr
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As I expressed in a previous review on Colm Tóibín's The Master, Henry James is a riveting character in... Read more
The first half of the book was painful to read because - as lovely as it is written - virtually nothing happens. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Barry Rosenfeld
This is without question one of James's most important novels, but the author fails to capture in Basil the ideology of the postbellum South, perhaps because James had no real... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christopher Sharrett
There have been few times in watching a movie or TV show, or reading a book, that I have been against a pair hooking up, but this book was one of those times. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Beth Ann Valek
The Bostonians has been read through many different pairs of spectacles over the years. James does not take sides in the debate, and it is to his credit as a novelist that he does... Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by D. R. Greenfield
The Bostonians won't complete a beach reading ensemble of Vince Flynn, Sandra Brown or Julia Garwood but it will surely agitate our sensibilities regarding male and female... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by Live, Learn and Excel