Their exotic, sophisticated airs cause quite a stir with their affluent, God-fearing American cousins, the Wentworth's - and provoke the disapproval of their uncle, suspicious of foreign influences. To Gertrude Wentworth, struggling against her somber puritan upbringing, the arrival of the handsome Felix is especially enchanting.
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Avid reader, picky about narrators.
I'd probably be happy listening to Eleanor Bron read the dictionary aloud, so a chance to hear her read Henry James is a real treat. Sadly, however, the volume on this recording is very uneven. It varies so much and changes so often I have to keep a thumb on the volume control of my device. Very disappointing and distracting.
The subtle tone and speech of Henry James.
I have not listen to all in one sitting.
"Selling Europe by the Harvard Yard"
The short novella detailing the arrival of Eugenia Munster and Felix Young and their impact on the small family circle is, as ever with Henry James, masterly executed - earning The Europeans its epithet.
A real feel of the new world and a reflection of Jane Austen, with epigrammatic asides worthy of Wilde - “How could one live without curtains” - how indeed?
The abrupt ending seems to reflect the fact that this novel first appeared in serialised form - and is the only serious let down in what has become the standard for the Old World/New Money dialectic that was taken up by Wharton and Fitzgerald. Bettered on this form, but never bettered when best, James remains an essential read standing uniquely astride late Victorian and early modern English and American literature. A must read.
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