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ISBN-13: 978-0554176451 ISBN-10: 0554176459

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar (August 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0554176459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0554176451
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Customer Reviews

This is indeeed the best novel ever written.
jeanette
I did not have any formatting issues with this book, and I enjoyed reading an old classic on a new electronic device.
G. Dawson
I wish someone had told me this before, so I wouldn't have wasted my time going through the whole series.
D Rae

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By SHF on October 20, 2010
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I loved reading this book! The way James developed his characters was fascinating, and there was always the right amount of suspense. It takes a while to get in sync with his writing style (verbose and circuitous), but well worth the effort! I'm off to Volume II... and I hope there is more resolution in this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Dawson on November 27, 2011
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Thanks to volunteer efforts, this classic is now available on the Kindle for free. I did not have any formatting issues with this book, and I enjoyed reading an old classic on a new electronic device.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joel Denney on May 31, 2012
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If you don't find the first 5-10 pages engage you, it's probably time to stop. If you keep going you'll get to spend a lot of time with one of literature's more interesting women. She's intelligent, quick, and has impeccable integrity. Eventually, she goes up against a nicely drawn narcissist, a man who cannot tolerate someone he's close to having their own mind, a man who quietly seethes resentment but can charm birds out of the trees if he's a mind to.

You'll never confuse James' style here with Hemingway's, but HJ doesn't try to see how many dependent clauses he can knot a sentence into, here, as he did, later.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Aquamax on January 26, 2010
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As an ebook this one did not allow one to navigate by advancing by chapter with the five-way controller. The table of contents was not interactive. If you leave your place in the book to look at another location in the book you will not easily be able to find the place you left off unless you remember the location. The sync to furthest page read did not work either. I don't know if that is a gliche with this book or a kindle 2 problem. I read this for a book club so it was very annoying not to be able to easily jump from chapter to chapter as we were discussing it. One would have to use the search facility to find the chapters which are in Roman numerals.

As a work of fiction, Henry James goes into great depth to describe his characters. Approximately the first third of the book was used for this purpose. The plot was slow moving at this point. If you have patience to stick it out it will become a little more interesting and complex. The story was sad. The ending was depressing. I found James writing style tedious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prudence Perry on April 11, 2013
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The text is faint and the book itself is too big to handle comfortably. It looks like something prepared in somebody's home office by a couple of high school kids. I would never knowingly have bought it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D Rae on May 18, 2012
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This series had so much potential, but never quite made it. You go through years of this woman's life waiting for things to get better for her, and they never do, despite the fact that over and over again loving friends and family keep warning her and giving her ways out of her situations. Instead you're dragged through her drama, with no reason to even care if things get better for her as she keeps making safe, but dumb and boring decisions, sinking further and further into quiet misery. I wish someone had told me this before, so I wouldn't have wasted my time going through the whole series.
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