Jim Killavey offers a nuanced, wry performance in Henry James’ penetrating 1878 story of clashing social mores, "Daisy Miller".
In Switzerland, two Americans, Daisy Miller and Frederick Winterbourne, strike a romance that is quashed because of the reservations held by their families. Later on, Daisy and Frederick meet again in Rome, but free-spirited Daisy’s friendship with an Italian man engulfs her in scandal and ultimately leads to her downfall.
With a deep, throaty voice, Killavey captures the underlying ironic humor in James’ dense and psychologically insightful prose.
In addition to being a very good story, the novel serves as both a psychological description of the mind of a young woman and an analysis of the traditional views of a society to a clear outsider. This continues to be one of James's most popular works.
(P)1987 Jimcin Recordings
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