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The Ambassadors by Henry James
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Nov 19, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: literary-fiction

Not for the inexperienced reader of Henry James. In fact, only attempt if you've already made it through Portrait of Lady, The Bostonians, and even The Golden Bowl.

This is a finely tuned novel. It also requires a certain acceptance of premises (whole scenes take place inside the thought processes of the main character Strether rather than providing us with the actual conversation). But there's no better exploration of American idealism meeting European cosmopolitanism and both crashing against the hardness of American propriety and prosperity.


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message 1: by Tatiana (last edited Nov 19, 2009 06:30PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Tatiana Oh you poor thing. Can I help in any way? If you like we can stage an intervention and try to save you from yourself.

Actually this is my favorite (or least enraging) novel of his. This one started my whole fling with Henry, before he made old offenses of my affections new. =) Enjoy!

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