Monday, January 24, 2011

Wings of the Dove

We took pity on poor Henry James, the alleged victim of Hemingway's metaphorical gunshot, and chose him for our next book club book, The Wings of the Dove. The novel was named one of the English language's 100 best novels by the (unavoidably subjective) list we've been using as guide.

The plot involves a young, rich woman who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and the schemers who anticipate her inheritance. The book was dedicated to, and apparently inspired by, Henry James' cousin who died of tuberculosis.

The movie, by the way, looks amazing mostly because it is starring--sigh--Helena Bonham Carter, the love of my life. She plays the evil schemer, or so it would seem from her picture, above, with Allison Eliot of the delicate eyebrows as the disease-stricken victim.

1 comment:

  1. I'm really excited to read this! We should definitely end book club with a movie night!