3 out of 4 stars
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Every man desires to be happy and prosperous. Henry James is an ardent believer in human happiness and success. Despite being born into an aristocratic home, Henry does not fold his hands to watch fortunes unravel. He works his way into success. That does not take away the point that Henry lacks nothing. Of course, he attended the best school and has a bourgeois family. But he still understands the difference between inherited wealth and acquired wealth.
On the other hand, there is a time to be a boy and a time to be a man. But this is not as many will think. Although Henry has everything a woman will require in a man, he still finds it gruesome to find a matching woman. Of course, Rachelle does not flow well in this, and it pains him. Having visited the four walls of the earth during his business trips, Henry encounters a beautiful Swedish lady, Annika. Does Annika have what it takes to become Henry's dream woman?
It is interesting to note that The Life of Henry James is the first book of a trilogy by James H. Bragg. This is a very captivating book of fantasy. Indeed, James Bragg is critical in weaving the life story of the protagonist, Henry, with every creative ecstasy.
This book is an aesthetic work of art, as it can ignite critical thoughts in the mind of the reader or an audience. From the plot's scope, one is tempted to presume that Henry will end bankrupt or not fulfill his target due to the way he spends his money. But the outcome is a big shocker. I will advise intending readers to go with the flow and not try to make predictions, as the story will likely shatter them in more ways than one.
Despite the romantic and exciting nature of the storyline, the dialogues are not adequately arranged in some places. It is pretty overwhelming how the conversations between the characters are interwoven with the narrations. It is challenging to differentiate when one character speaks and when another does. Such instances are seen on pages 23, 26, and 237.
Similar to that is the representation of Henry as a flawless character. Such is odd in the plot of any great literature. This makes the text far removed from reality. Such literary works, Plato suggests, should be avoided. The overall success and acceptance of Henry wherever he goes are awkward — scenes only existent in the world of idealism. Thus, making the story a tad unrealistic.
However, the awesomeness of The Life of Henry James can not be overemphasized. The ability to keep the reader in perpetual suspense of what will become of Henry in his business and love life catches my fancy. Hence, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars. This is consequent to some technical incoherencies in The Life of Henry James. The editing was good; there are only a handful of errors. This book is a difficult one to recommend, as it is both suspenseful and a tad unrealistic. Readers who can deal with a mix of these elements in a book should pick it up.
The Life of Henry James
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