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The Ambassadors - Henry James, Harry Levin
The Ambassadors
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Concerned that her son Chad may have become involved with a woman of dubious reputation, the formidable Mrs. Newsome sends her 'ambassador' Strether from Massachusetts to Paris to extricate him. Strether's mission, however, is gradually undermined as he falls under the spell of the city and finds... show more
Concerned that her son Chad may have become involved with a woman of dubious reputation, the formidable Mrs. Newsome sends her 'ambassador' Strether from Massachusetts to Paris to extricate him. Strether's mission, however, is gradually undermined as he falls under the spell of the city and finds Chad refined rather than corrupted by its influence and that of his charming companion, the comtesse de Vionnet. As the summer wears on, Mrs. Newsome comes to the conclusion that she must send another envoy to Paris to confront the errant Chad, and a Strether whose view of the world has changed profoundly. James' favourite novel and one of the greatest of his late works, "The Ambassadors" is a subtle and often witty exploration of different American responses to a European environment.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140432336 (0140432337)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
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Moonlight Reader
Moonlight Reader rated it
3.0 Penguin Classics: A to Z
I collect Penguin Classics, black spine edition. They are readily accessible, and I really love the way that they look on my shelf (someday I will post a pic!). There are, believe it or not, more than 1300 titles in the series, spanning centuries and continents. So, I have a small, but growing, co...
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
4.0 The Ambassadors
"His life, his life! — Strether paused anew, on the last flight, at this final rather breathless sense of what Chad’s life was doing with Chad’s mother’s emissary. It was dragging him, at strange hours, up the staircases of the rich; it was keeping him out of bed at the end of long hot days; it was ...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
2.5 Not Destined to Be a Favorite of Mine
I'd read that Henry James had a very distinct split in styles, and that accordingly readers often differ greatly in which style they like. The only other book by Henry James I had read before this was Washington Square, one of his early novels, and it's a favorite--but that made me all the mo...
Confuzzled Books
Confuzzled Books rated it
1.0 The Ambassadors (Penguin Classics)
A young man, Chad, has been traveling Europe ending up in Paris, France. His family wants him home to the States as they fear France has corrupted him. As you see above the rating for this is a one star and a DNF(Did Not Finish). This is a first for me. I really tried to get into The Ambassador...
Confuzzled Books
Confuzzled Books rated it
1.0 The Ambassadors (Penguin Classics)
A young man, Chad, has been traveling Europe ending up in Paris, France. His family wants him home to the States as they fear France has corrupted him.As you see above the rating for this is a one star and a DNF(Did Not Finish). This is a first for me. I really tried to get into The Ambassadors a...
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