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The American [Kindle Edition]

Henry James
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About the Author

Henry James, OM (15 April 1843 – 28 February 1916) was an American-born writer, regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. He was the son of Henry James, Sr. and the brother of philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 920 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084AY3UG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,519 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth perserverence. 21 Jan. 2012
By Bo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is quite slow going to begin with. It does build gradually to a climax that is compulive in the most part and ultimately quite sad - but I think preferable to an unfeasably happy ending. I have read a couple of other Henry James novels and have always enjoyed his style of writing, after the initial feeling of having to work at it. The author will very often, if not always, say something with many more words than necessary, but it is brilliantly crafted and therefore satisfying to read. I would recommend this book and was very glad to have perservered with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mid-Nineteenth Century American in Paris 8 April 2015
By Robin Friedman TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Christopher Newman, 36, an American who has become wealthy in commerce and manufacturing following the Civil War, is the hero, in "The American", an early novel by Henry James. Most of the story is set in France in the late 1860s as Newman, vaguely dissatisfied with his life of making money, wants to learn what Europe has to teach. Newman is also lonely and in search of a wife; but the "bar", as he puts it, for a prospective wife is high. Through American friends in Paris, Newman is introduced to a young aristocratic widow, Claire de Bellegarde, 25, whose elderly husband from an arranged marriage has died. Newman is taken with the cultured, reserved Madame Bellegarde and determines to wed. The Belllegarde family begrudgingly permit the courtship to proceed up to a point due to Newman's wealth. But after Newman wins his lady's consent at last, the family persuades the Madame to break of the engagement. She enters a convent instead. "Our hero", as James calls him is grief-stricken and angry. The latter part of the novel shows Newman dealing with his grief and his anger.

The James brothers, Henry and William, are often referred to as the novelist who writes like a philosopher and the philosopher who writes like a novelist. Even in this early novel, the depiction is accurate for Henry James. "The American" is funny and sharply satirical. It is as well a comedy of manners and more than a touch melodramatic. James already has a fully developed eye for places and characters and they are described in depth in lengthy, complex sentences and in the intricate plot. The book has a great deal to say, in the twists and turns of the story, about letting go, dealing with loss, and finding self-knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars . 12 April 2013
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Who wouldn't be delighted to find the public domain list of FREE classic literature. This is fantastic. All the titles I've always wanted to read and for free - this is my kind of kindle heaven. I love the way they arrive on your kindle, they're so quick, it's like magic. Thank you public domain!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A classic slow read, with end twist 2 Dec. 2012
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Purchased this book as my first Henry James. Enjoyed it as a classic. A bit of a slow burn, but an enjoyable read, nontheless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Henry James does it again. 30 Jan. 2013
By marionq
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If you are an HJ fan then this is for you. Always well written prose and stylishly paced with good characterisation.
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2.0 out of 5 stars uninteresting 30 April 2014
By David
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I did not read much of this book. I found it quite uninteresting. It was not as I expected it to be
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