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Download The Altar of the Dead Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Altar of the Dead (Unabridged), by Henry James
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (121 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Jim Killave Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Altar of the Dead was first published in the collection Terminations in 1895. It is a fable of life and death significance which explores what happens when a man tries to keep the remembrance of his dead friends, to save them from being forgotten entirely in the rush of everyday events. He meets a woman who shares his ideals, only to find that the past places what seems to be an impassable barrier between them. Although James was not a religious man, at least in the conventional sense, this story shows a deep spirituality in its treatment of mortality and the transcendent power of unselfish love. Critics have generally rated this tale very high among James' works, with some calling it a glorious fable, magnificently written, and one of his finest. James himself proudly placed the story at the head of volume 17 of the New York Edition (1907 - 09) of his fiction, before even The Beast in the Jungle. The tale also appeared in a number of later anthologies. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ferris | 12/10/2013

    " Audiobook.........Boring. Did not finish it, and I am a major Henry James fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by A. | 8/12/2013

    " Man: his sad in him room. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joanna | 8/8/2013

    " For James completists, like me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marts (Thinker) | 5/20/2013

    " Quite an interesting tale by James. The plot spans many years, and delves into the mind of the protagonist... "

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