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The Ambassadors by Henry James
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May 25, 11

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Read in May, 2011

James, Henry. THE AMBASSADORS. (1903). ***.
Widely acclaimed as James’s best novel, it still left me cold on this, my second reading. James also considered it his best work. It is the story of Lambert Strether, who is sent abroad by his fiancé to rescue her son, Chad, from the evil influence of the Continent. Turns out, though, that Lambert is seduced in turn by what Europe has to offer vs. America. My main problem with James is that he is of the school that shuns one word if he can manage to get by with ten. It’s worth checking this novel out on the web. There are lots of lively discussions about it played out there – mostly about arcane details.
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