Dianne Burroughs’ airy, contemporary-sounding performance of Henry James’ The Europeans makes this tale of Old and New Worlds colliding feel fresh.
James’ novel concerns two siblings, Felix and Eugenia, who arrive in Boston from Europe to meet their American relatives. Eugenia, in the middle of an unhappy relationship, flirts with a wealthy Harvard graduate. Meanwhile, Felix, an artist, is drawn to straitlaced Gertrude. Gertrude’s father, however, wants her to marry Mr. Brand, a minister.
Burroughs offers a lively rendition of James’ ornate prose and energetic and modulated takes on the different character’s voices.
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"The Europeans presents a quick summation of why Henry James is among the most illustrious and celebrated American authors. His writing in this book surveys the interaction of European society with early, austere, and moralisitc American culture. For historians and sociologists alike, as well as avid fans of lit., James illuminates interactions of the respective characters with poised rhetorical grace, and his sketches are highly readable, understandable, and enjoyable." (The Literature Network)
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