The Europeans: A sketch (Collection of British authors. Tauchnitz edition)
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"He is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare in the history of poetry."--Graham Greene
He is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare in the history of poetry." Graham Greene" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Henry James (1843-1916), American novelist and critic, was an innovator in technique and a distinctive prose stylist. More than any previous writer, James refined the technique of narrating a novel from the point of view of a character, thereby laying the foundations of modern stream-of-consciousness fiction. Among his many acclaimed novels are "The Portrait of a Lady, The Ambassadors, The Golden Bowl, "and "The Wings of the Dove.". --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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When the two siblings arrive, Mr. Wentworth, the widowed patriarch of the family, warns his household that they are to be exposed to "peculiar influences" which will necessitate "a great deal of wisdom and self-control". Together with the young Unitarian minister Mr. Brand, it is Mr. Wentworth, a well-to-do Harvard-educated lawyer, who is the book's main representative of the Puritan tradition of New England. His outlook on life is very different from that of his nephew and niece. Felix, a young artist, describes his uncle as "a tremendously high-toned old fellow; he looks as though he were undergoing martyrdom, not by fire but by freezing". Whereas Felix is gay (in the original sense of that word), carefree and light-hearted, the old man is austere, devout and deeply serious.
The differences between Eugenia and her relatives are perhaps even greater. She is the morganatic wife of a minor German princeling who now wishes to divorce her for political reasons, a situation which Mr. Wentworth regards with some distaste, although he is too polite to say so.Read more ›
The two Europeans of the title, Felix and Eugenia come to the US looking for their relations and as luck would have it, find them. There is certainly something satisfyingly delicious about the chase for true love, but just when I was expecting everything to fall into place, and each to get their man/woman... there was a little twist at the end, where one does not get their man/woman, souring the cake a little but giving an unexpected dose of a little more interest to this work.
In short - a nice swift enjoyable read, ideal for a long journey.
Nor are there any page numbers. This is especially surprising as the foreword claims there is a table of contents, which would be hard to provide without page numbers. So hard, it turns out, that no table of contents is provided, despite the claim.
Look for another edition.
The story revolves around siblings, Felix Young and his sister Eugenia, Baroness Munster, who were born and brought up in Europe even though their mother was American. It seems that Eugenia’s marriage is not a happy one and there is a possibility she will be released from it. She has clearly come to America in search of something, but she doesn’t really know what it is she seeks. The two arrive in Massachusetts in search of their American relatives and end up staying for a while in a property belonging to their Uncle, a Mr Wentworth. The story charts the process of these two very different branches of the family meeting and getting to know one another. The levels of snobbery on both sides are quite something and confirm what I have long suspected, which is that 19th Century American society was even more strait-laced than the British in the same era. This novel has a gossipy tone that will not be to everyone’s taste and the story itself is a pretty light-weight affair, but I enjoyed it immensely.
The narrative drifts along through some pleasant weather and a few minor intrigues and misunderstandings before twinkling to a halt with a couple of weddings, some disappointment and some more travelling.
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A bit boring; I preferred "The Spoils of Poynton". Anthony Trollope has a style similar to Henry James but is much better I.M.H.O.Published 8 days ago by Jenny (South Africa)
The edition of The Europeans is an appalling production, by Amazon, with tiny print, no page numbers, no design to speak of, no front matter, no end matter. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anon
New England, 1870s. Siblings Eugenia and Felix – American, but brought up in Europe - come back to their family in the U.S. Read morePublished on 5 April 2014 by Bob Ventos
The language is hard going - like wading through treacle We hear that Eugenie is witty entertaining etc.etc. but we never hear /read it.Published on 22 Jan. 2014 by M. barbara Thomas
I like classic literature so thought I'd give Henry James a go. Let me save a few hours of your life by summing up The Europeans:
- Promising start involving rich young... Read more
I am a great lover of 19th century literature from the US or the UK. Whether it is the time and thought given to the observation of behaviours and feelings of characters during a... Read morePublished on 25 May 2011 by Joanna Reesby