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katherine

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  • The American

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Robin Lawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (50)

    During a trip to Europe, wealthy American businessman Christopher Newman proposes marriage to the scintillating and beautiful aristocrat Claire de Cintré. To his dismay, he comes up against the machinations of her impoverished but proud family, who find Newman to be a vulgar example of the American privileged class. Brilliantly combining elements of comedy, tragedy, romance, and melodrama, this tale of thwarted desire vividly contrasts nineteenth-century American and European manners.

    Erez says: "Pleasing novel, seemingly read by the protagonist"
    "No character definition in reading."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Undiscriminating under travelled Americans.


    What other book might you compare The American to and why?

    This question is irrelevant and irritating.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By failing to differentiate in any way between the characters. A young French girl sounded like a middle aged, nasal American male. Her old aristocratic French father sounded exactly the same. A travesty of a wonderful novel. Can't Americans identify with any culture outside their own?
    That having been said, his diction was exceeding clear and precise. Just not creative or interesting.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The American?

    It's not the scenes it's the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Pik-Sen Lim, Lorelei King
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    LuLing Young is now in her 80s, and finally beginning to feel the effects of old age. Trying to hold on to the evaporating past, she begins to write down all that she can remember of her life as a girl in China. Meanwhile, her daughter Ruth, a ghostwriter for authors of self-help books, is losing the ability to speak up for herself in front of the man she lives with. LuLing can only look on, helpless: her prickly relationship with her daughter does not make it easy to discuss such matters.

    katherine says: "a cultural awakener"
    "a cultural awakener"
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    Any additional comments?

    Not one of the great literary classics but a touching story, well written and full of intrinsic interest details. Sheds light on the pre-occupations of the modernising ancient culture that is China

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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