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3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The fair New Yorker is, sometimes, very amusing; she asks me if every one in Boston talks like me--if every one is as "intellectual" as your poor correspondent. She is for ever throwing Boston up at me; I can't get rid of Boston. The other one rubs it into me too; but in a different way; she seems to feel about it as a good Mahommedan feels toward Mecca, and regards it as ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published January 1879)
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Written in the Epistolary style, James gives us an account of a Paris boarding house in 1878, and it's varied inmates which include American, English, German, and of course, French boarders. Their assorted letters to friends and family give us a comic, almost tongue in cheek, view of their interactions and personal perceptions of one another. Typical Henry James; you either "get" him or you don't. Somehow I do without having a clue why.
Dec 16, 2012 Matthias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Several characters, mainly Amercians, settled in Paris write letters to their relatives/good friends.
Shows the 'typical' attitudes of major 'types' of Americans: the rich and condescending New Yorker, the would-be from Boston who is more interested in aesthetics than in anything else, the modern feminist from Maine, the rational German scholar, the French women-specialist, ...
Very nice to read!
Jun 27, 2011 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: classics, kindle
Even though I had already read and disliked "A Portrait of a Lady", I decided to give James another try. Disappointing. There is absolutely no plot, nothing happens, no comedy, no romance. I only finished it since I wanted to grow my read pile and reach my goal, and it is a really short epistolary novel
Loved it. I found the different view points and impressions of those in the group hilarious.
Oct 02, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this gave a very good overview of the life and times in the 1900s. Some people may not appreciate the style but I found it very interesting to say the least.
Jan 03, 2009 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really short, but well written. I look forward to readong more of his bks.
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Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American-born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction. He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the ...more
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