Book Reviews of Princess Casamassima (Everyman's Library Series, Vol. 50)

Princess Casamassima (Everyman's Library Series, Vol. 50)
Princess Casamassima - Everyman's Library Series, Vol. 50
Author: Henry James
ISBN-13: 9780679406723
ISBN-10: 0679406727
Publication Date: 11/26/1991
Pages: 596
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Publisher: Everyman's Library
Book Type: Hardcover
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I apporahced this book with a bit of trepidation but I was not disappointed. It wass intricate but fascinating.
Brought up in poverty, Hyacinth has nevertheless developed aesthetic tastes that heighten his awareness of the sordid misery around him. He is drawn into the secret world of revolutionary politics and, in a moment of fervour, makes a vow that he will assassinate a major political figure. Soon after this he meets the beautiful Princess Casamassima. Captivated by her world of wealth and nobility, art and beauty, Hyacinth loses faith in radicalism, 'the beastly cause.' But tormented by his belief in honour, he must face an agonizing, and ultimately tragic, dilemma.

When Henry James chose to, as he did in The Princess Casamassima, he could write about the political turbulence of his era with astonishing excitement and directness. The London underworld of terrorist conspiracies that entangles his hero, Hyacinth Robinson, comes alive under his pen with a violence that seems, 100 years later, only too familiar.