The Master

by Colm Toibin | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780743250412 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingperryfranwing of Elk Grove, California USA on 3/15/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Saturday, March 15, 2008
Amazon Editorial Review:
Like Michael Cunningham in The Hours, Colm Tóibín captures the extraordinary mind and heart of a great writer. Beautiful and profoundly moving, The Master tells the story of a man born into one of America's first intellectual families who leaves his country in the late nineteenth century to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers.

In stunningly resonant prose, Tóibín captures the loneliness and the hope of a master of psychological subtlety whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed those he tried to love. The emotional intensity of this portrait is riveting.

This is also No. 9 on the 1001 books you must read before you die list.

Journal Entry 2 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Friday, May 30, 2008
Bookring
Starting a bookring for this book. Please PM me if interested. Bookray will remain open until last person has the book.

Participants so far:

. davemurray101 from Australia (international)
. kizmiaz from Portugal (Europe preferred)
. CaterinaAnna from UK (international)
. KT-J from UK (international)
. Stubee from UK (international)
. wanderingstar8 from UK (international)
. hetku77 from Finland (international)
. ealasaidmae from West Virginia, USA (international)
. liz-z from Ohio, USA (USA only)
. Supertalya from APO, USA (USA only)<----Asked to be skipped
. rooshill from California, USA (USA only)
. rhythmbiscuit from Colorado, USA (USA only)
. HeresDeb from Illinois, USA (USA or Canada only)
Then back to me:
. perryfran (Maryland, USA)

Note: Order is subject to change based on shipping preferences and others joining the bookray.

How the bookring works:
* Someone will PM you for your address, PM them back and provide your address
* When you receive the book, please make a journal entry letting everyone know that you received it
* Put the book at the top of your TBR pile (under other rings/rays that arrived first)
* Read the book (take your time and enjoy the book, don't feel rushed to finish it but try to get it out to next reader within a couple of months)
* When the end is in sight, check the book's journal and PM the next person to get their address
* Finish the book, make another journal entry and let everyone know what you thought of the book
* Send the book to the next person on the list (please use the cheapest shipping method available), make release notes (Controlled Release) or journal entry to let everyone know that it's in the mail

Please feel free to PM me at any time with questions


Bookring is complete. Thanks everyone for participating!

Journal Entry 3 by wingperryfranwing at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, June 02, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (6/2/2008 UTC) at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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On its way to davemurray101 in Australia to start this bookring. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by davemurray101 from Lower Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Recieved today by mail. Looking forward to it - definitely next on my reading list! Thanks Perryfran for letting me join the bookring.
14/06 - just finished it. The book had quite a lot of potential and concentrated on the psychology of the main character at the expense of the plot. Otherwise it eas ok but not one of the better of the 1001 books I have read. Posting to the next participant on monday.

Journal Entry 5 by davemurray101 at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, June 16, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (6/16/2008 UTC) at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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sent to kizmiaz in Portugal by airmail this morning

Journal Entry 6 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Just got it, thanks davemurray101 and Perryfran. Still have one on the go but it won't take long.

Journal Entry 7 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, July 07, 2008
Ok, this might rub some people the wrong way but I didn’t really felt like this was an exceptionally good book, and certainly not one of the 1001 books you should read before you croak (who makes these lists anyway? And why?).
The writing is enticing and the author masters the words and the careful phrasing, and that is the only reason I kept reading this book.
I enjoyed the innuendo about Henry James sexual inclinations and the alluring way in which the author pulls the readers into this literary icons’ world, but felt that once I was in it there wasn’t much but cobwebs and dust. No plot that I could see and the storyline was but a sketch.
This is how I feel about this book, loved the writing and hated that there was no real story, except the haunting of ghosts of the past, not enough for me, not by a long shot.
I'll be mailing it on when I get an address.

Journal Entry 8 by Caterinaanna from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, July 18, 2008
Arrived safely, thank you.
It's next up - must go and update profile.

Journal Entry 9 by Caterinaanna from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, August 03, 2008
An interesting contrast to David Lodge's Author, Author which places the opening of James' play in the middle and ends with his death. Far more internal, and giving a different and darker portrait of the writer, this left one at the end feeling that James' reclusivity was more complex and less bitter than Lodge would have it. Toibin paints a picture of a man constantly holding back, keeping himself distant from relationships lest he should get hurt and suffering for this in the end, although not with an unbreakable heart, as promised by Lewis, but with one broken and incapable of healing. There is a wonderful description of lying in bed with someone, wondering what they will do, and submitting to what they do while while feigning the innocence of sleep the while.

The plot that there is is psychological rather than eventful, so yes, it does move slowly and by rights I should therefore have hated it. However I found it powerful and moving and better than I had anticipated from the previous JEs.

Thank you for sharing perryfran, and getting the book this far. I have KT-J's address and will get it parcelled up very soon.

Journal Entry 10 by Caterinaanna at Bury, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Thursday, August 07, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (8/7/2008 UTC) at Bury, Greater Manchester United Kingdom

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On its way to KT-J

Journal Entry 11 by KT-J from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Monday, August 11, 2008
Received safely, thanks CaterinaAnna for sending this on. Thanks also to perryfran for another 1001 bookring. This is the fourth bookring I've received in the last week (unlucky timing!) but Stubee and I will get onto this shortly so it shouldn't be held up!

Journal Entry 12 by stubee from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Yesterday I finished Neil Gaiman’s Smoke And Mirrors and I was going to read Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s The Leopard next as KT-J was close to finishing it. However in the end I didn’t have time to wait and therefore I’ve started this instead to try and keep things moving a bit faster.

Thanks to CaterinaAnna for sending this on and as always to perryfran for sharing!

Journal Entry 13 by stubee from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I finished this book last Friday but haven't had a chance to write a JE until now. I haven’t read any of Colm Tóibín’s other material before this so once again thanks to the 1001 list I've been introduced to yet another author.

I also haven’t read any of Henry James’s novels (or known much about him either for that matter) and that maybe put me at a disadvantage, I wonder if I’d have read “The Portrait of a Lady” before reading this I’d have a clearer vision of the characters involved or if having read this my views on “The Portrait of a Lady” will be more involved than if I hadn’t, who knows it’s all speculation now I guess.

This is a fictional work not biographical and therefore I must imagine that even though some of the dates and facts involved are true the feelings, thoughts and some events are a creation of Tóibín’s imagination and I must say I agree with John Updike who described the book by saying: “Tóibín's subject is the inward James, the master of literary creation and a vast hushed arena of dreams and memories and hoarded observations”.

The Master is a novel that I enjoyed and would recommend to others.

This has now been passed the KT-J who will most probably read this once she’s finished, another Perryfran bookring, Emile Zola’s Nana!

Thanks a lot perryfran!

P.S. I’ve started reading Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s The Leopard.

Journal Entry 14 by KT-J from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Thursday, September 04, 2008
Received back from Stubee and to be started once I've finished Nana (hopefully soon although Nana is quite a big book!).

Journal Entry 15 by KT-J from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Monday, September 29, 2008
I'm not sure what it is but I've not really got into any of the 1001 books I've read lately. I found this book an interesting insight into society, not just in England but also the English in Ireland and the Americans in Europe during this period. It was also interesting to look at the life of Henry James and the events and people that inspired his books but having not read any of his works I probably didn't get as much as others may from this book!

Thanks perryfran for another 1001 book though. We have wanderingstar8's address so this will be posted on this week.

Edit 1/10/08: Posted today!

Journal Entry 16 by wanderingstar8 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 08, 2008
just arrived. I have a couple of other rings to get through - why do they all come at once? But I will be getting to this as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 17 by wanderingstar8 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, November 15, 2008
This is a beautifully written book - the sentences roll over you as you are reading them. And it's a sensitive examination of the way that James' life was echoed in his work, and the way his desire to observe, and write, led to a certain disengagement from the world - and made him let down the people who loved him.

However, it seemed a little repetitive - the same events recur, with different protagonists. Perhaps this is meant to be cyclical - but James' approach doesn't really change, despite his guilt or shame about the events that have gone before. And that made me feel as if real emotion was missing from the core of the book - despite the fact that we suffer all the slights along with James.

On its way to Finland.

Journal Entry 18 by winghetku77wing from Nokia, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, April 01, 2009
22.11.2008 The book arrived by mail yesterday. Thank you wanderingstar8 and perryfran for organizing the bookray!

1.4.2009 I finally finished the book last week. The story seemed to drag and I didn't seem to get into it. It might be because of the language (I'm not a native English speaker) or just that how the book was written - there was no real story in it. In a way I liked the writing style though.

Mailing to ealasaidmae tomorrow.

Journal Entry 19 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
It's here! I'm reading a ring book now and then I'll dive into this. It looks really good.

Journal Entry 20 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Tuesday, April 21, 2009
A very good book with an appropriate style for writing about James. I've read several of his books but never knew much about his life. Now I'd like to go back and reread some of the books, since I've learned a bit about the people and places he used. Thanks for sharing, perryfran! I've PMed liz-z for an address and hopefully will have the book moving again soon.

Journal Entry 21 by ealasaidmae at St. Albans, West Virginia USA on Saturday, April 25, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (4/24/2009 UTC) at St. Albans, West Virginia USA

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Mailed this out yesterday, the 24th.

Journal Entry 22 by liz-z from Parma Heights, Ohio USA on Tuesday, May 05, 2009
This book arrived while I was out of town. I will be starting reading it soon! Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 23 by liz-z from Parma Heights, Ohio USA on Monday, June 01, 2009
I just finished this book and must say that I enjoyed it. This book was beautifully written and although definitely not a suspense novel made me want to keep reading it. I have read one other book by Toibin, The Heather Blazing, and it was written just as beautifully. I have not read any of James work that I can remember but because of this book I have downloaded Portrait of a Lady and a couple others for my Kindle.

Thank you perryfran for sharing another great 1001 book! I will be sending this off to the next person as soon as I get an address.


Journal Entry 24 by liz-z at Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, June 22, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (6/19/2009 UTC) at Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Oops I forgot to mark this sent. After the next person on the list asked to be skipped I got the next person after that's address and have sent this off last week to California. Thanks again for sharing!

Journal Entry 25 by rooshill from Grass Valley, California USA on Saturday, July 04, 2009
Arrived a few days ago but didn't have time to journal during the week. I'll dig in tomorrow, as I've just finished my last read.

Journal Entry 26 by rhythmbiscuit from Northglenn, Colorado USA on Saturday, August 29, 2009
The book recently arrived at my house. Thank you for sharing! I look forward to reading it as soon as I've finished another bookring.

Journal Entry 27 by rhythmbiscuit from Northglenn, Colorado USA on Tuesday, November 17, 2009
As lovely as this book is, I haven't had time to finish it. And I know I need to pass it along, so I contacted HeresDeb. Thank you!

Journal Entry 28 by rhythmbiscuit at By Mail, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Monday, November 23, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (11/23/2009 UTC) at By Mail, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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I will mail this book to HeresDeb to continue the bookring. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 29 by HeresDeb from Grayslake, Illinois USA on Wednesday, December 09, 2009
It's here! I just finished another bookring book, so I can get started on this one next. Thanks for passing it along.

Journal Entry 30 by HeresDeb from Grayslake, Illinois USA on Monday, February 01, 2010
This book is in hand and ready to mail back to perryfran. I have the address, just waiting on to hear from someone else to see if I'm mailing 2 bookrings back to perryfran at the same time.

Journal Entry 31 by HeresDeb at Bookring, Book Ring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, February 05, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (2/5/2010 UTC) at Bookring, Book Ring -- Controlled Releases

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I dropped the book off at the post office today to go back home to its owner. Thanks so much to perryfran for sharing this with all of us!

Journal Entry 32 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Book arrived back home today. Thanks everyone for participating in this bookring!

Released 9 yrs ago (2/22/2011 UTC) at USPS By Media Mail in -- Paperbackswap.com, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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Sending to a PaperbackSwap.com member in NY.

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