rebus 30th anniversary join us on facebook debuts of the month the plague charmer killer on the wall
Vouchers


The Master by Colm Toibin
  

The Master

Literary Fiction   Historical Fiction   All Shortlists and Winners   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Literary Contemporary Facebook group Add to wishlist Share this book

Lovereading view...

Get a preview of one of the ‘bookies favouritesâ for this yearâs Man Booker Prize

If you like Colm Toibin you might also like to read books by Michael Benoit, Sebastian Barry and Philip Pullman.

Synopsis

The Master by Colm Toibin

Born into one of America's first intellectual families two decades before the Civil War, Henry James left his country and lived in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among the artists and writers of the day. In stunningly resonant prose, Tóibín captures vividly nineteenth-century European landscapes and the hope and despair of a man who never married, never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love.


Tóibín is a great and humanizing writer who describes complex relationships in supple, beautifully modulated prose ( The Washington Post Book World ). In The Master , he has written his most ambitious and heartbreaking novel, an extraordinarily inventive encounter with a character at the cusp of the modern age, elusive to his own friends and even family, yet astonishingly vivid and moving here.

Reviews

‘This is an audacious, profound, and wonderfully intelligent book.
Guardian

About the Author

Colm Toibin

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of eight novels including Blackwater Lightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, with The Master also winning the IMPAC Award, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. His most recent novel is Nora Webster. He lives in Dublin.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

16th April 2004

Author

Colm Toibin

More books by Colm Toibin
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.colmtoibin.com/

Publisher

Picador

Format

Hardback

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
All Shortlists and Winners
eBook Favourites


ISBN

9780330485654

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

My horizons have been broadened by some of the books I have been lucky to review and I expect it to be no different in the future.

Daran Bellingham

The selections are so varied and the reader reviews are so helpful. A fantastic website for those who love books.

Ann Quintilla

The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools