The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Amazing tour de force storytelling by the master of subtle indirect exploration of inner life told through the eyes of an unrequited relationship about nothing happening. It's the fear of something bad happening that keeps us from living fully, from experiencing any joy. James knew life as a closeted gay man, the danger of being closeted even from oneself, the danger of writing about it directly, and what a beast all of that was.
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