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A brief novella, which is effectively a comedy of manners, in which, on the surface, little happens. It reminded me of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. The plot is simple; Felix Young and his sister Eugenia are the Europeans. Felix is a painter, who lives a bohemian lifestyle. He is incessantly (nauseatingly) cheerful. His sister Eugenia is in a morganatic marriage and her husband’s family want a divorce. They lead a wandering, essentially frivolous lifestyle. They dec ...more
God Help America!!!!
Miss Sweetapple doing my first Henry James!!
They were both terrifying!!!
I LOVED Gertrude Wentworth, the most gutsy, rebellious and unsung of all James' heroines, as far as I'm concerned.
But what is happening??
The subtlety is suffocating...b ...more
The Europeans is actually a 'flip', if you will, in the normal Jamesian plot-line. In other words, rather than the story of an American expatriate in Europe, this is the tale of two American expats who come back to visit family in New England. This is the story of Eugenia, the Baroness Munster, and her younger brother Felix ...more
Two expatriate Americans, Felix, a happy-go-lucky artist and his sister Eugenia, a baroness married to a minor German princ ...more
Felix Young and his sister the Baroness Munster come from Europe to visit their American cousins. The deal is that the Baroness' "morganatic" marriage to some German nobleman is about to be annulled because his family has decided he needs to hitch up with royalty. So she is here see ...more
Não acontece muita coisa em Os Europeus. Ao contrário do que sucede em Daisy Miller, aqui a “ação” decorre na América com a visita de dois irmãos europeus: a barone ...more
Before tackling the heavier James stuff (“The Portrait of a Lady”, “The Ambassadors” and “The Golden Bowl” are on the list), I wanted to start with something lighter and was not – in that regard, at least – disappointed by this compact observation of late 19th Century Euro-American social comparisons and differences.
As a European myself, with some American friends and experience, it was fascinating to see how attitudes have shifted, mainly, I think, due to the shift of power a...more
James captures beautifully the New England landscape, from the bleak spring rains of the Boston Public Gardens to the bright blue skies over fields in the countryside. It's been a long time since I have read a book that takes so much time to establish the ambience, from what a room looks like to how the weather impacts a character's mood.
The story i ...more
1) A la bonne heure
2) Ah, comme vous devez avoir raison!
3) Bonte divine
4) How comme il faut she is!
5) C'est bien vague
6) C'est de son age
7) C'est fini
8) Comm ...more
The last time I read a Henry James novel was over a dozen years ago and although I remember enjoying the few I did read, I also seem to remember they were hard going –lots of concentration required to get through some of his ten line sentences. ‘The Europeans’ therefore, was actually a pleasant surprise; relatively easy to read and accessible with still his wonderful use of language. Of course, it is a very slight book where very little happens but then James’ novels are not characteri ...more
The Europeans are a broke and devil-may-care b ...more
Felix and Eugenia are siblings from Europe who arrive in America to visit their relatives in the form of the New Englander Wentworth family. The Wentworth’s behave very graciously and welcome their foreign kin to live with them in one of the cottages on their property. What ensues is part romance, part comedy as the differences between the two cultures ...more
The story of a European brother and sister who come to visit their Bostonian cousins at the end of the 19th century, the book quickly picks up a love story. The romance, however, does not dominate the book. James constantly compares the American Puritans to t ...more
Okay - Now I've finished reading! I am, once again, amazed by Henry James. He's not so big on gripping plots, but he IS big on gripping characters and the workings of their minds. I found this book a little heavy at times, as I was weighed do ...more
“It's odd to hear you telling me how to be happy. I don't think you know yourself, dear uncle. Now does that sound brutal?'
The old man was silent a moment, and then, with a dry dignity that suddenly touched his nephew, 'We may sometimes point out a road we are unable to follow.”
The nephew wasn't the only one touched by this passage. An ...more
Some works survive the stride of time and not only outlive their time but continue to shine across all ages. Shakespeare, Dante for example come to mind.
Some works, like the works of Henry James, I'm sure were very popular at the time but unfortunately do not age very well, unless, that is, you are a huge fan of 19th century society and culture in all its prude priggishness.
This is the second book by Henry James that I have read, the first being Washington Square. Although this is con ...more
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