This, despite the fact that he rarely talked at any of their parties. In his fascinating diary notes tracking its composition included in the Penguin Classics edition , he presents The Spoils of Poynton as an attempt to salvage something, in artistic terms, from this crushing experience. Red and black colored type on title page. Despite the fact that Fleda always comes when called, she certainly values her independence enough to make this plausible. Die wird schnell zu einem Werkzeug von Mrs Gereth, als diese erkennt, dass sie die Schönheit Poyntons genauso schätzt, wie sie selbst: Das Problem ist nämlich, dass ihr Sohn eine Frau heiraten möchte, die die Kostbarkeiten nicht zu schätzen weiß und an die Mrs Gereth diese keinesfalls verlieren möchte.
James plays Mona mostly for laughs as a bumptious barbarian, though she can turn nasty over acquiring what is due to her. Original brown ribbed cloth with gilt lettering. Orange cloth with black spine lettering. David Lodge is the author of twelve novels and a novella, including the Booker Prize finalists Small World and Nice Work. The Spoils of Poynton: Amazon.
She is a poet of interiors, Poynton her poem: There had been in the first place the exquisite old house itself, early Jacobean, supreme in every part: it was a provocation, an inspiration, a matchless canvas for the picture. All of their fine distinctions seem to be backed up by an engulfing emptiness. Gereth has spent her life furnishing her home, Poynton, with all manner of elegant furniture and art objects which are the focus of her attention and value. Gereth after her husband's passing. This edition includes an insightful introduction by David Lodge which underlines the novel's deliberate ambiguities.
Barcode inside rear board, rear hinge cracked, library pocket. They also helped me understand why James made the choices he did, and left me maybe marginally less bereft at the last few There is not much to say about Spoils of Poynton --barely over 200 pages for the story itself, which is much shorter than many of Henry James's books. Indeed, many sentences and sometimes even paragraphs will need to be read more than once. As a dramatic family quarrel unfolds, the hesitating Fleda is drawn in, yet she remains reluctant to captivate Owen, who seems as attracted to her as she is to him. When she discovers that her young friend and sympathizer Fleda Vetch is secretly in love with Owen, she thrusts her into the battle-line.
Only an elderly bachelor, Mr Longdon, is immune to this world of greed and scheming, and determines to rescue Nanda from its corrupting influences out of loyalty to the deep love he once felt for her grandmother. While immersed in the really excruciating middle of the book, in the tortuous exchanges between the impassive, nearly-simpleminded Owen and the quietly turbid Fleda, I tried, as an experiment, to convince myself that James was proposing a starkly staged, stylishly minimal, Kafkaesque proto-modernist chamber novel. Fleda Vetch was conceived as Muriel Veetch, Owen appears first as Albert and Mona Brigstock as Nora. He is also the author of many works of literary criticism, including The Art of Fiction and Consciousness and the Novel. Owen Gereth, however, has inconveniently become engaged to the uncultured Mona Brigstock.
For me this obscurity of language made the start of the novel quite laborious but a little perseverance soon became its own reward, and I soon found following the cut-and-thrust of stratagem and countermove quite addictive. Less physically present in the novel, but a looming presence offstage is the young woman Owen plans to marry, Mona Brigstock, whom the super-refined aesthete Mrs Gereth regards as a vulgarian barbarian at the gate. Her confidant is Fleda Vetch. You must be an authenticated member to ask questions Find out more about. Matters are complicated from the beginning when a woman, who is not wealthy, named Fleda becomes Mrs. Leave Poynton until after you've developed enough of a taste for James to pick up later-era works, and then read the major ones before diving into this. Fleda is clearly some kind of authorial self-portrait, but not necessarily a flattering one—indeed, almost self-lacerating in some ways.
She never actually asked me, she just presumed I shared her feelings completely. But what was he trying to convey? Of course dropping engagements was much more scandalous then. Here I am reminded more of the climax of Jane Eyre. So, there's constant blather about Negotiations : will the furniture and china stay or go? Henry James 1843-1916 , born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr. Mrs Gereth had been a collector of art all her life.
Very good condition with only very minor signs of external wear. If it is multi volume set, then it is only single volume, if you wish to order a specific or all the volumes you may contact us. Meanwhile, he begins to show an attraction to Fleda and eventually declares his love for her. But James is clearly aiming for a more realistic outcome, even if some might call 'foul! Leather Binding on Spine and Corners with Golden Leaf Printing on round Spine extra customization on request like complete leather, Golden Screen printing in Front, Color Leather, Colored book etc. This was issued in London a week prior. Gemeinsam mit Mrs Gereth und Owen hängt Fleda in einer Art Kommunikationsdreieck und der Großteil des Buches spielt sich auch in Gesprächen dieser drei Parteien ab.
James couldn't release any passion, it seems, until a few years later 1899 when he went Mad About the Boy, American sculptor Hendrik Andersen, and he was into his late 50s. In The Awkward Age 1899 , Henry James explores the English character, and the clash between old and new money with a light and subtly ironic touch to create a devastating critique of society and its machinations. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases. Is she motivated by scruple or fear? Under the terms of her late husband's will Mrs Gereth will be forever separated from both the house and its possessions unless she can persuade Owen to fall for a more suitable young woman, one with taste and sensitivity, one who can cajole Owen into letting his mother continue in residence; in short, one Fleda Vetch. Isabel Archer in Portrait of a Lady could divorce her husband and have a passionate marriage with Casper Goodwood, if she would drop the obligation to suffer for her own mistakes. They have a son who is a kind of jolly, well There are no spoilers for The Spoils of Poynton in these comments, but there are spoilers for The Ambassadors and The Portrait of A Lady.
That is to say, I appear to be the main character but the truth is, Mrs Gereth of Poynton Hall takes firm possession of that status early in the story. I was excited about that life when I first heard about it but then I discovered that James had made me completely penniless, so his dangling that possibility before me became just another of his cruelties. I still haven't understood or fully accepted the ending. Doch auch der Name Nikolaus Stingl trägt eine Art Gütesiegel unter den deutschen Übersetzern, weshalb ich mich auf eine gute Übersetzung und eine tolle Geschichte von Henry James freute. But unlike Moore, they don't stay quiet. Gareth must vacate her home, Poynton, filled with Even though the story isn't all that great, James uses lots of words in ways that make the book difficult to read. It is a measure of James greatness that I care enough about these people to be really angry with him.