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The Golden Bowl

Di: Henry James
Letto da: Juliet Stevenson
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Sintesi dell'editore

Wealthy Maggie Verver has everything she could ever ask for - except a husband and a title. While in Italy, acquiring art for his museum back in the States, Maggie’s millionaire father, Adam, decides to remedy this and acquire a husband for Maggie. 

Enter Prince Amerigo, of a titled but now poor aristocratic Florentine family. Amerigo is the perfect candidate. Delighted, Maggie then reciprocates by choosing a partner for her widower father: childhood friend Charlotte Stant. The stage is set, and what unfolds is a deep and gripping exploration of fidelity and the politics of love and marriage. 

Published in 1904, The Golden Bowl displays Henry James at his finest: James weaves scene upon scene, set piece upon set piece, into a seamless whole, through a richly dense tapestry of beautiful, flowing prose. Along with The Ambassadors and The Wings of the Dove, it constitutes James’ final and most rewarding phase as a novelist.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 

Public Domain (P)2018 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • susan von schlegell
  • 29/07/2018

The best!

The Golden Bowl is one of Henry James' most complicated and enthralling novels. Juliet Stevenson is without doubt one of the best readers you can find on audible. The combination made me appreciate the subtleties of this work I had missed while reading it on the page.

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  • Viewer
  • 14/09/2018

If you don't love this book, it's your fault

Only the Master can make oceans drift the boat from one coast to the other and back between reflective pauses on the resonant meanings of a single phrase. A masterpiece of polyphonic, polysemic writing...and it penetrates the heart if you lend it the patience to show its grace. A guide to endurance through the darkness beseting all the phases in love's uncertain journey until at last the fruit of patience, the fruit of trust and forgiveness can make a shoddy purchase gleam as gold, make a heart of glass gain color.

Juliet Stephenson is to the audiobook what Shakespeare is to verse...synonymous with acme.

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  • night owl
  • 06/03/2019

Too many words

I've been trying to read the classics over the last few years. I've found 19th century writers away over blown. What can be said in a couple of sentences is covered in paragraphs. James is the worst. I wouldn't be surprised if he forgot what he started to say by the end of events and insights. I certainly did. I've enjoyed George Elliott despite her long insights.And of course Jane Austen and Dickens are wonderful. I love Theodore Dreiser. So I do give these older writers credit for a job well done .After A Portrait of a Lady I would not have given James a second chance but since it A Golden Bowl was read by the great and incomparable Juliet Stevenson I gave it a go. Even she can't save ,what is probably a good story, from being a bore. Glad I got that off my chest. I seem to be as long winded as some authors

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  • David C.
  • 17/09/2019

The Golden Bore

This is the third Henry James novel I have endured in the last year only because the contributors of the Modern Library Top 100 insisted they were great works. After a trio of rather torturous tedium, I can scarcely believe there is one more on the list to tackle.

I sincerely don't understand James' acclaim. In none of the three books have I encountered one character worthy of my attention, sympathy or adoration. Perhaps it's because all of James' characters are the idle rich sitting around in drawing rooms excruciatingly over-analyzing every word and facial expression as if life and death depended on it. The army of servants, butlers, cooks and footmen who make their idle self indulgence possible aren't any more significant than the potted plants and wallpaper that adorn these much too sumptuous rooms and terraces where these empty lives play out.

Every writer has crutches but James never misses an opportunity for one of his characters to "hang fire" or offer a youthful or American cliche as if explaining the phrase to a conference room full of anthropologists. Being British American of a luminous family no doubt gave James countless hours in such drawing rooms and, perhaps to these turn of the century narcissists and the people who fantasize being of the gilded set, his books offer delicious indulgence.

Too me, they're just terribly boring.

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  • Utente anonimo
  • 24/09/2019

Endless Talk

Hundreds of pages of people speaking in beautiful prose and evocative metaphors--without ever saying what they mean. Several times my phone skipped me to elsewhere in the story and it took a half-hour to find my place in the endless dialog. Juliet Stevenson did her best with a masterful narration (although she can't quite do an authentic American accent). I listened to the whole book mostly for the music in her voice. Next up I'll look for a story where something happens.

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  • C.B.
  • 22/04/2019

Top notch narration

Henry James is never easy to follow, but Juliet Stevenson’s narration is nothing short of amazing in this book.

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  • Seth Bixler
  • 09/05/2020

chapters don't line up

again, the chapters don't line up. why not? it would be so easy! it makes it difficult to go back to another part of the book

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  • ellen s. manning
  • 13/01/2023

Don’t waste your valuable time!

Worst BOOK I have read/listened to-hands down. I knew what I was getting into but it was still worse than I imagined. I had no hopes or patience for any of the characters by the end of the book-awful!

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  • polyphemus
  • 15/12/2022

Perfect reading, incomparable novel

Like music, Henry James novels are cascades of sounds and ideas. I have read the book twice before. Now listening is much easier for my tired eyes. Narrator Juliet Stevenson struck just the right pitch. Different characters have only slightly different inflections, but that's okay. The flow of words goes on.

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  • GeeBea
  • 30/08/2022

Tension, suspense !

You can look at it as slow, because James does describe every minutia of thought and speech but this actually serves to create an intensely suspenseful atmosphere. Once the penny drops, it’s as riveting as any real housewives feud !

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  • Baggins111
  • 05/11/2018

Highly overrated ...

Don’t bother unless you already know and really love HJ (and have your downloaded guidance notes at the ready?!)

Bland characters talking a lot of self-indulgent nonsense in long flowery prose; why say it in ten words when you can say it in a ten thousand... Well you get the gist? And so it rambled on and on and on...

Juliet Stevenson has a lovely voice for narration, but even she can’t make a silk purse out of this sows ear... but she did send me to sleep! Needless to say, I didn’t finish this book, it’s really not for me, and it’s not going to be liked by lots of other avid readers/audio-listeners either...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22/03/2019

outstanding

Juliet Stevenson read this perfectly. She has a fine understanding of James and maintained her fresh perceptiveness throughout .

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  • richard2
  • 30/09/2022

Great for insomniacs

Possibly one of the most boring books ever - really effective if you are trying to go to sleep. Very well read but nonetheless ……. yawn.

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  • J T Harrison
  • 21/07/2022

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  • Nicky Coombes
  • 08/03/2022

Difficult

Struggled with the verbosity and style, often having to repeat chapters to fully understand them. It'll be my last Henry James.