The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James

The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James

This is one of Henry James’ later works, a small novella (18,000 words), which concerns itself with a typical Jamesian protagonist who is caught under the spell of a very particular notion: that there is some beast, some awful but life-defining event, awaiting him in the future. It is also typical of James’ difficult style; however, as always, it is worth persevering with: the manner in which the tension and sense of doom build and build in this short work is staggering. A brilliant introduction to the work of this late period dominated by the huge novels which can take over a reader’s life.

Mr A

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