The Bostonians

The Bostonians This brilliant satire of the women s rights movement in America is the story of the ravishing inspirational speaker Verena Tarrant and the bitter struggle between two distant cousins who seek to contr

  • Title: The Bostonians
  • Author: Henry James
  • ISBN: 9780812969962
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
  • This brilliant satire of the women s rights movement in America is the story of the ravishing inspirational speaker Verena Tarrant and the bitter struggle between two distant cousins who seek to control her Will the privileged Boston feminist Olive Chancellor succeed in turning her beloved ward into a celebrated activist and lifetime companion Or will Basil Ransom, a conThis brilliant satire of the women s rights movement in America is the story of the ravishing inspirational speaker Verena Tarrant and the bitter struggle between two distant cousins who seek to control her Will the privileged Boston feminist Olive Chancellor succeed in turning her beloved ward into a celebrated activist and lifetime companion Or will Basil Ransom, a conservative southern lawyer, steal Verena s heart and remove her from the limelight The Bostonians has a vigor and blithe wit found nowhere else in James, writes A S Byatt in her Introduction It is about idealism in a democracy that is still recovering from a civil war bitterly fought for social ideals written with a ferocious, precise, detailed and wildly comic realism.

    The Bostonians Oct , The other reviews really don t get that this is a very subtle expose on gay relationships in this era Was Henry James gay Did he live his perspective through this story of the Bostonians And imagine writing about women s rights movement intertwined with gay women of the day a man writing in the s The Bostonians The Bostonians by Henry James The Bostonians falls or less in the middle of Henry James s career as a novelist, ten years after his breezy debut, Roderick Hudson and sixteen years before The Wings of a Dove Its nearest chronology mate is The Princess Casamassima, with which it shares its unusual for James political theme. The Bostonians Rotten Tomatoes Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Henry James, Merchant Ivory s The Bostonians is set among the Back Bay uppercrust of the th century Basil Ransom Christopher Reeve , bored by The Bostonians film The Bostonians movie review film summary Roger Jan , The Bostonians is by the veteran producer director writer team of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who collaborated on a film version of Henry James s The Europeans This is a much better film, intelligent and subtle and open to the underlying tragedy of a woman who does not know what she wants, a man who does not care

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    About “Henry James

    • Henry James

      Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.James insisted that writers in Great Britain and America should be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world, as French authors were His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to realistic fiction, and foreshadowed the modernist work of the twentieth century An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel writing, biography, autobiography, and criticism,and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales.

    366 thoughts on “The Bostonians

    • At first glance, The Bostonians is as impenetrable as a closed circle. Everything in the story seems designed to keep the reader out. There is little action, and few characters the reader can care for, and the one or two interesting ones disappear from the narrative for long stretches. The background of the story, the rise of reform movements in the US in the nineteenth century, and specifically in the 'reform city' of Boston, has great potential, but is instead obscured by the personal dilemmas [...]


    • Ransom's the name -Basil Ransom. Status, bachelor. Occupation : general brokerage, whatever the hell that means. Occupation at the moment - just having fun. Let me tell you about my evening. It was last evening. The one before this one. What a politico-literary gathering that was. The drinks were loaded and so were the dolls. I narrowed my eyes and poured a stiff Manhattan and then I sawVerena Tarrant! What a dame, a big, bountiful babe in the region of 38-23-36. One hell of a region. She was ta [...]


    • Εκτιμώ λίγο παραπάνω τα βιβλία που με κάνουν να μιλάω μόνος. (Και εξηγούμαι: είναι η στιγμή όπου το βιβλίο έχει καταφέρει να σε απορροφήσει πλήρως και τότε ένας χαρακτήρας κάνει/λέει κάτι συνταρακτικό, οπότε σου ξεφεύγει στον αέρα ένα "Οχιιιι, μην το κάνεις!" ή ένα "Ναιιι" κλπ) [...]


    • Newsflash: Henry James is funny! Seriously, he likes to laugh. And he's good at it. Who knew? The opening of this book reads like a farce, a comedy of manners, a vicious taking apart of characters worthy of Oscar Wilde. It does diminish and get rather more serious over the course of the novel, but it never entirely goes away. Henry's vicious! In a good way. I mean, you may feel a little bad as he chooses to rip into the feminist movement as a target, but at least his chosen characters fully dese [...]


    • I listened to this on audible while driving to & from work -- it took awhile, but the book allows itself to be 'read' in chunks. The story is certainly a bit too long (typically Jamesian, I guess), often melodramatic -- but, in the end, quite good. Magnficent characters -- Verena, Olive, BasilThe audible was narrated by a woman named Xe Sands - pronounced 'ex-y Sands'. she specializes in reading audible erotic romances -- so I guess 'Xe' is not chinese; probably her real name is Mildred or s [...]


    • I found The Bostonians repulsive on so many levels. Where to even beginJames is creating a world where it seems he wants you to find certain things repulsive, and you do, as a 21st century reader, although not necessarily quite as he hopes. The novel opens with Basil Ransom, a gallant Mississippian, paying a visit to his Boston cousin, the austere but still young spinster Olive Chancellor. Olive has invited Basil north in the hopes that he will become interested in her widowed sister, Mrs. Luna, [...]


    • Бостънци е може би най-голямата, най-епичната и най-заплетена творба на Henry James. Една история на няколко души, повечко еманципация, интриги, борба за любов - повече от самата любов, осмиване на силата, която женската природа може да покаже в един мъжки свят. Харесва ми как Джейм [...]


    • Another step in the slow accretion of my lifelong project of reading the major novels and stories. The Bostonians -- maddening, thrilling, vexing, and troublesome -- illustrates again the principle that at its very highest levels fiction operates upon the reader in a messy and unpredictable way. As I write this, I am about to go to the "Great Books" discussion group at the Yale Club, which typically comprises late middle-aged women and me -- my peeps, in other words -- and which is always enligh [...]


    • A shallow portrayal of pathetic people caught up in the selfish advancement of their own interests. Two self-absorbed individuals vie for the affections of and control over an enchanting prophetess. As with many of Henry James works, this one also focuses on the movement afoot in the late 1800s regarding the emancipation of women. The substance of the movement is not discussed, only the forces vying for control. I found no great cause, no great plot, no great character development, no great styl [...]


    • ' "Just sit down here and let me ask a simple question. Do you think any state of society can come to good that is based upon an organised wrong?" 'This book, somewhat unfairly, has a reputation as being James' satire on the early suffragette/feminist movement in 1880s Boston - I say unfairly because while it's without doubt poking lots of pointed fun at a lot of things, I don't think the question of giving women an equal education, vote and social voice is one of them. And, just to back up a mo [...]


    • 3,5/5Esta es OTRA de esas novelas en las que he terminado odiando a casi todos los personajes. ¬¬Aprecio la ironía de James, el estudio que hace de la psicología de sus personajes y desde luego el contexto de las sufragistas pero 'Las bostonianas' no ha conseguido llenarme del todo.Aún así, por alguna razón su historia logra absorberte de tal manera que tampoco podía parar de leerLo que no quita que sea enormemente DENSA, y por ello no la recomiendo si buscais una lectura fácil y gratif [...]


    • This is one of those books i’ll continue to ruminate on and most likely decide my thinking was awry, maybe often. I have a difficult time believing Verena - i guess what i mean is suspending my disbelief for her. How anyone could live a couple of decades and apparently not develop any predilections, any thoughts of her own, even about herself? She is presented as a pure vessel (empty?) gifted with a divine afflatus of enthusiasm, and the capacity to engage any audience.“The worst of the case [...]


    • A pesar de mi poca experiencia con Henry James, me atrevo a decir que no es un autor precisamente fácil: sus descripciones son exhaustivas hasta el paroxismo, el ritmo de la narración es concientemente lento, es pulcro y detallista hasta la exasperación… A veces se pasa de la raya, como en ‘La copa dorada’ (libro que confieso que no tuve fuerzas para terminar), pero a veces se queda justo al límite como por un milagro de equilibrista consumado, como es el caso de ‘Retrato de una dama [...]


    • En mi humilde opinión es uno de los libros menores de un autor enorme, uno de mis favoritos. Precisamente lo que me gusta de Henry James es que debes desenredar la madeja según lees. En muchos casos debes sacar tus propias conclusiones. A pesar de esas maravillosas descripciones tan detalladas que tiene en común con la que fuera su amiga Edith Wharton, tanto de escenarios, situaciones, emociones o perfiles psicológicos, siempre hay una historia oculta entre lineas. James siempre dice mucho m [...]


    • Ironicamente tragico. La storia dell'incapacità di credere nella felicità (anche solo per un istante) ma solo nel possesso dell'altro, che per amare deve annullarsi. Due eroine, Olive e Verena, unite da un amore non detto ma straziante e gelosissimo da parte di Olive. Gli eventi narrati sono un po' forzati (Verena è una strana 'oratrice' che parla ispirata da non si sa quali 'forze', in realtà ben diretta da due genitori disgraziati!), quando entra in gioco Basil - cugino sudista di Olive in [...]


    • This was an interesting novel to read. In all honesty it was serious step down from the masterpiece that precedes it, i.e The Portrait of a Lady. Having said that though, I think James perhaps intended this book to be lighter fare than Portrait. In fact, The Bostonians is loaded with satire, irony, and a goodly number of comedic moments. The novel's plot revolves around two cousins, Olive Chancellor and Basil Ransom, and the relationship that each desires to have with a young red-headed woman of [...]


    • A claustrophobic and tedious book that has little to offer the casual reader, this is a still-life of a novel with almost no plot, drama, or humor. Olive, Verena and Basil are drawn with microscopic attention to detail, but they are boring narcissistic characters with few illuminating qualities. Miss Birdseye is the only vibrant character in the whole novel. The exchanges between her and Mr. Ransom are interesting and entertaining. There are exactly 4 such scenes. Before starting the novel, I wa [...]


    • My impression in very few words: Charming Southern asshole falls in love with pretend-feminist who is docile yet innocent (possibly with big tits). He then steals her away from her lesbian spinster best friend in the middle of them fighting for women's suffrage.Quite entertaining. Consciously sexist though.


    • Gonna stop reading and get out while I can. Silly me for thinking a satire of the women's rights movement would be cleverly written and not a shallow portrayal of feminism. Also: edit, James.


    • James is so sharp and mean in this – it’s not what I expected at all, and I kind of loved it. The story is set post-Civil War and concerns the women’s rights movement of the time. Olive Chancellor is a frigid, yet highly emotional, spinster who is obsessed with the idea of women’s suffering and oppression. She takes up a begrudging acquaintance with her Mississippian cousin Basil Ransom, who is the perhaps the least ridiculous of the three principle characters, despite being cast as the [...]


    • Not quite sure what to make of this. It has a few Jamesian qualities: the enormous significance of details, general tragic view of life etc But this is surrounded by mind-numbing detail and a set of characters with uninteresting psychologies. James is at his best when he's finding the complexity in the simple. But the main characters here are a caricature of an early feminist; a caricature of a post-war Southern gent; and a girl who's a bit too good to be anything but stupid. When the characters [...]


    • I read this book because I just moved to Boston and hoped it would give me a sense of atmosphere, which it did. I was not expecting it to be as hilarious as it was. Unfortunately the humor tones down a little bit after the first hundred pages. It starts out absolutely ruthless but then you get the sense he maybe relented a little, because after all he loves these Bostonians, doesn't he? And so do we. (Or if you don't, you might be heartless.) Anyway, as the humor starts to fade the book becomes [...]


    • I loved the descriptions of place--the unfilled Back Bay in Boston, ramshackle tenements in German Manhattan, grass growing in disused shipyards on the Cape. But the main characters are hard to enjoy. Boston feminist Olive is all angry propaganda, her conservative Southern cousin Basil is all sentimental claptrap. My copy bills the book as addressing "the woman question," but social reform is only a backdrop to Olive and Basil's rivalry. I was also struck by the rootlessness of the characters--O [...]


    • What a fascinating story of women's emancipation and liberation, combined with the desire to love and be loved. One man is driven to love and he sees that the love of his life will slip through his hands if he does not stop the madness of his cousin's claim on his love's time for a cause, a strong power of persuasion and a pull from both sides. Can a woman be in love, and be free? Can there be liberation and marriage? These were the questions of the day that Henry James wanted to address and to [...]


    • A frustrated/extremely possessive lesbian feminist and a provincial/ambitious/obnoxious/relentless southerner compete for the absolute (and I mean absolute, these people do not understand the meaning of "casual") love of a charming (yet weak) young girl. Who wins? Well, the patriarchy, of course.


    • Over the past few years I have read a number of Henry James' late novels, ones where the long sentences snake around their meanings but never quite grasp them in their coils; ones where the process of reading feels like walking in a mist within a fog. It was almost a relief to read one of his earlier works and The Bostonians is a novel of refreshing clarity: you know where you stand with early James. It is a beautifully constructed work, but it certainly isn’t a ‘page turner’. If the novel [...]


    • Demasiadas vueltas para restregar al lector por las narices que el movimiento feminista era pura pose y que cualquier mujer lo que desea es casarse, no dedicarse a defender causas teóricas.De todas formas, la escritura de H. James permite adentrarte en la psicología de los personajes de manera total, te muestra sus acciones, sus historias, su pensamiento Y aunque el desenlace de la historia queda claro tras el primer capítulo, tiene pasajes delicadamente construidos para disfrute del lector.S [...]


    • Wow. Wow. Wow. Woah. Wow. I'm rating this one star? But the truth is, I should leave it unrated because I have NO idea how I feel about this book. I checked this book out from my local library because the description said "Dealing heavily with the then very timely political issue of feminism and the changing role of women in society, Henry James's The Bostonians is the story of Civil War veteran Basil Ransom's conflict with his cousin Olive Chancellor for the allegiance and affection of Boston f [...]


    • Това е свят, в който навиците и вкусовете са подкрепени и изразени от множество вещи – в къщата на един от главните образи е пълно с прекрасни предмети, сякаш за да направи нейния феминистки свят още по-примамлив. Да, „Бостънци” на Хенри Джеймс е книга за феминизма – точна, [...]


    • The Bostonians is the second James novel I read this fall/winter. Ultimately, I think it's a better read than The Princess Cassamassima -- more believable relations between characters, a sharper satiric focus -- but the two make a fascinating combination. I say this not only because they were written one right after the other but because they both profile James at his least socially withdrawn: They're commercial ventures, both serialized in various magazines, and although their politics may be u [...]


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