From the BBC News: Naipaul Attack Literary Giants.
This guy says Henry James is "the worst writer in the world." I like his attitude.
I felt the same way the first time I read Turn of the Screw. I found James' writing style to be annoying and stuck in a bog (get to the point all-ready!) But, I read the book again and found the brother-sister team gone wild/ghost situation, hilario. I especially liked when the sex-starved nanny sees a ghost writing a note (to her lover?) at a desk. Then toss in the factor that you never really know who is telling the truth. How's that for a soap opera?
More on James. But stop reading if you don't know the end of James', Daisy Miller.
For the record, I must speak out against the death of the woman who" inspected her flounces and smoothed her ribbons," La Daisy Miller.
It pained me that lil Miller was killed off with a bout of "Roman Malaria" (I made this up) just because she got her flirt on in Europe (she did die, just not specifially from "Roman Malaria"). James' might as well have said she caught the Immorality Bug, an incurable sickness that kills all girls who try to boy-party before marriage.
I must admit, her character could come off as crass & trite at times, but I did enjoy her not-listening to the elderly has-beens, and random pains in the asses that were hounding her in Rome.
Thus this posting is for Daisy. RIP you hot, uncultivated, American-girl thang!