The story begins in December 1915, with dying author Henry James surrounded by his relatives and servants. Then it loops back to the 1880s, to chart the course of Henry's "middle years," focusing particularly on his friendship with genial Punch artist and illustrator George Du Maurier. By the end of the decade Henry is seriously worried by the failure of his books to "sell," and decides to try and achieve fame and fortune as a playwright. At the same time, Du Maurier, whose sight is failing, diversifies into writing novels. The consequences for both men are surprising, ironic, comic, and tragic.
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by David Lodge
by Michael White
by Bryan Sykes
by A.N. Wilson
by Rennie Airth
by Gerald Seymour
by David Lubar
"When author Henry James and illustrator Georges Du Maurier met in London in the 1880s, they formed a friendship that affected their personal lives and their work. David Lodge examines the ramifications of the relationship in this intriguing novel. At first, narrator Christopher Kay seems unduly affected by James's famous longeurs, as the first chapters are read with studied declamation and excessive pauses between sentences. Yet as soon as Du Maurier appears, Kay picks up the pace; the rest of the book is read with interest and clarity. Kay also excels at coloring character with a serviceable American accent and an excellent range of British and European accents. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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