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The Altar of the Dead (Dodo Press) by Henry James Hot

 The Altar of the Dead (Dodo Press) by Henry James

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ISBN 1406518379
Author Henry James

Short story by the prolific American-born author and literary critic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He spent much of his life inEurope and became a British subject shortly before his death. He isprimarily known for novels, novellas and short stories based on themes of consciousness and morality. The Altar of the Dead, first publishedin James' collection Terminations in 1895 after the story failed of magazine publication, is a fable of literally life and death significance.

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A slow, winding tale that takes place over the course of many years. Although it was easy to foresee the culmination of the plot, I was very much pulled into this story of Stransom's strange fixation with "his dead", and the fatal path down which he drove himself. Once again, James' winding sentences can be a bit laborious to decipher at times. But this work I found very enjoyable. This tale has the same pull to draw the reader in to the exquisitely described surroundings as I found in...more A slow, winding tale that takes place over the course of many years. Although it was easy to foresee the culmination of the plot, I was very much pulled into this story of Stransom's strange fixation with "his dead", and the fatal path down which he drove himself. Once again, James' winding sentences can be a bit laborious to decipher at times. But this work I found very enjoyable. This tale has the same pull to draw the reader in to the exquisitely described surroundings as I found in the Aspern Papers. The imagery stays with the reader long after the book is closed.