The Wings of the Dove

The Wings of the Dove

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Milly Theale, an American heiress, travels to Europe and becomes involved with Kate Croy and Merton Densher, two lovers who concoct a treacherous design of betrayal and destruction to lure Milly out of her inheritance and personal connections and, finally, health. To gain her trust, Kate and Merton patronize her which is easy since Milly is naive and artless. Milly, however, is aware of a great potential for life because she knows she is doomed to die. The world captivates her and before her death she wants to make finer passions possible to give her a feeling of having lived. Milly also has a keen and singular implication of liberty: liberty of endeavor, of choice, of obligation, of association. Being in the company of Kate and Merton is like an immeasurable force of gravity inundating a near object and by so doing making immersion inescapable. Milly is unconsciously aware of the conspiring strategies against her but still joins the contrivances in order to cling to whatever elements of life she cherishes. Please Note: This book is easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks at chapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text searchable.
Publisher: Canton : NuVision Publications, 2004
ISBN: 9781595471789
1595471782
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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athompson10 Nov 22, 2015

This is Henry James at his most allusive and elusive. You have to read 200 pages before you even get five pages of uninterrupted dialogue between characters, and another 200 before anything happens (and this Modern Library version is 700 pages long). Is your patience rewarded? Somewhat, but I can't say that this was an enjoyable read at all.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 20, 2014

As James's matured, his novels became denser and more difficult, favoring deep psychological insight, long, luxurious sentences and a complex, highly nuanced style. None of these elements make for easy reading exactly, but "The Wings of The Dove," often considered one of his greatest books, rewards those who stick with it, even if its 500 pages can exhaust the most intrepid reader. Also see "The Golden Bowl" and "The Ambassadors."

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