The Master by Colm Toibin

The Master

Colm Toibin

A poignant and reflective novel in which Toibin portrays the novelist Henry James during a period of profound melancholy and deep self-examination. A serious and substantial read, during which I often wondered whether I was reading fact or fiction.

Extract

The feeling of power was new to him. This raid on his own memories, this parading of an object so close to him, so deeply part of his own personal store that no one might ever know where this moment in his story came from, made him believe that he had done something daring and original.

Parallels
  • The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • Any novel by Henry James
  • Author, Author by David Lodge

Books with similar mood

English Correspondence

Janet Davey

Deep Field

Philip Gross

Home

Marilynne Robinson

The Sea

John Banville

Elizabeth Costello

J M Coetzee

The Ice Palace

Tarjei Vesaas

The Tea Lords

Hella S Haasse

The Eyes

Don Patterson

13 Hours

Narinder Dhami

A House of Light

Candida Clark

Submerged

A L Barker

The Weather in Japan

Michael Longley

Ancestor Stones

Aminatta Forna

After Such Kindness

Gaynor Arnold

Burrow

Manzu Islam

Balthasar's Odyssey

Amin Maalouf

The Breakage

Glyn Maxwell

Oh Sweden! Oh Israel!

Stephan Mendel-Enk

Kaddish for an Unborn Child

Imre Kertesz

Yosl Rakover Talks to God

Zvi Kolitz

Blue Bamboo

Osamu Dazai

Private Life

Jane Smiley

Kings of the Water

Mark Behr

Newfoundland

Rebbecca Ray

My Name Is Sei Shonagon

Jan Blensdorf

The Falls

Joyce Carol Oates

Broken Verses

Kamila Shamsie

Wegener's Jigsaw

Clare Dudman

The Lost Leader

Mick Imlah

Sight

Jessie Greengrass

The Last Station

Jay Parini

What Ends

Andrew Ladd

When Red is Black

Qiu Xiaolong

Telex from Cuba

Rachel Kushner

The Book of Illusions

Paul Auster

Olympia

Dennis Bock

The Versions of Us

Laura Barnett

A Far Country

Daniel Mason

The Hierarchy of Sheep

John Kinsella

Invitation to a Bonfire

Adrienne Celt

The Dark Ship

Anne Macleod

Not to speak of the dog: 101 short stories in verse

Christopher Reid (ed)

The Rotters' Club

Jonathan Coe

Konstantin

Tom Bullough

The Horizontal Instrument

Christopher Wilkins

Scarlet Song

Mariama Ba

Of Mutability

Jo Shapcott

Fictions and Lies

Irina Ratushinskaya

Hitting Trees with Sticks

Jane Rogers