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Explorations Read-Aloud: “The Aspern Papers” by Henry James

Friday, July 7, 2023 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Every Friday, at 11:00 am, on the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, the library will stream a brand new recording of local thespian, Joseph Coté reading aloud selections from a wide variety of fascinating and entertaining books of fiction and non-fiction.

For July 7, Coté will read aloud from Henry James’ novel The Aspern Papers.

Summary: A captivating exploration of love and obsession.

Set in Venice, the story follows a nameless narrator as he attempts to obtain the letters of an acclaimed poet, Jeffrey Aspern.

In search of the poet’s lost works, the narrator moves into a house owned by the Juliana Bordereau, the reclusive former lover of Aspern. Through the narrator’s interactions with the Bordereau family, readers gain insight into the themes of manipulation, secrecy, and the cost of obsession.

This darkly humorous yet tragic tale is a classic example of James’s masterful manipulation of the English language. The Aspern Papers is an essential work of literature that will captivate readers of all ages.

With its cleverly crafted plot and vivid characters, The Aspern Papers is sure to leave a lasting impression.

James’s work has been praised for his unlimited capacity to explore complex relationships between people, as well as his efforts to draw connections between art and life.

He is remembered for his deepening exploration of consciousness, his blend of realism and fantasy, and his evocative use of language.

His works and ideas remain hugely influential in literary circles, offering a guide and a timeless source of inspiration to many generations of readers.

Click the links to find the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

Thoughts to share? Book ideas to suggest?
Contact Joseph at friday-explorations@usa.net

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