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  • The Wings of the Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (28)

    Kate Croy is secretly engaged to Merton Denscher, a journalist who lacks money. By chance, Kate befriends Milly, an American heiress, and learns she is suffering from a fatal illness. Kate devises a scheme to maximize their combined assets: she encourages Merton to take an interest in Milly and marry her. Kate intends to make him a rich widower whom she herself can marry. But such well-laid plans are not enough for the subtlety of the heart.

    Alain says: "Wings!"
    "Making Henry James' late novel bearable"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The writing style of this later novel makes it hard to discern the plot, which is actually quite interesting. No help for it but to wade though the sea of words to discover the worth of the novel as a whole. The narrator of the Audible version I listened to made it easier to get through. She did a wonderful job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I disliked every character in this novel - no exceptions. My least favorite was Martin - for putting up with manipulation from all sides and not standing up for himself until it was too late.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular, but the lack of actual communication during every conversation described in the novel is astounding. It's almost like a Greek play where your fate is not only inescapable, but you actively contribute to it with your every word and action, whether you are aware of it or not.


    Do you think The Wings of the Dove needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No - in this case, 'enough unsaid.'


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to this book for a book group. We'll find a lot to talk about - but it sure is a slog of a read/listen.

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