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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Wendling

    This is a review of the second major James novel in the the Complete Works, The American: In this novel James continues his exploration of the American versus the European character. His hero, Christopher Newman, has had so much success making money in the wide open spaces of later nineteenth-century America that he has pretty much had his fill of that enterprise. Like Rowland Mallet in James’ previous novel, Roderick Hudson, Newman is content to lounge around Europe in search of something more This is a review of the second major James novel in the the Complete Works, The American: In this novel James continues his exploration of the American versus the European character. His hero, Christopher Newman, has had so much success making money in the wide open spaces of later nineteenth-century America that he has pretty much had his fill of that enterprise. Like Rowland Mallet in James’ previous novel, Roderick Hudson, Newman is content to lounge around Europe in search of something more substantial in his life, though just what he is not quite sure. He buys bad copies of paintings in the Louvre and surveys the art objects in the houses of the Parisian aristocracy, but he brings to this search more of a market mentality than anything like aesthetic taste. Even his pursuit of Claire de Cintre, the daughter of an age old Parisian family, is less that of a gallant lover than of a determined shopper. James’ experiment in merging the moral practicality of the American with the aesthetic sensibility of the European succeeds no better here than in Roderick Hudson. The painfully civilized family Newman longs to marry into clutters up its stifling rooms with beautiful possessions serving no particular purpose and its conversation with merely clever witticisms. Whatever his limits, Newman has at least been useful to the world, and may be so again, and he talks openly and candidly. By comparison the world weary Parisian aristocrats he courts are mostly tiresome, even corrupt, and the less well off are either morally ineffectual or merely on the make.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jackie St Hilaire

    "The Beast in the Jungle" A short story. Paradise Lost It is said that this novel is part of Henry James autobiography. It is a love story that never comes to fulfillment during the couple's earthly life. John Marcher meets May Bartram after a few years passed their first meeting. John is somehow interested in conversing with May, although he presumes an air of independence he nevertheless engages in conversation. In their first encounter 10 years prior they had touched upon a certain secret of the "The Beast in the Jungle" A short story. Paradise Lost It is said that this novel is part of Henry James autobiography. It is a love story that never comes to fulfillment during the couple's earthly life. John Marcher meets May Bartram after a few years passed their first meeting. John is somehow interested in conversing with May, although he presumes an air of independence he nevertheless engages in conversation. In their first encounter 10 years prior they had touched upon a certain secret of the heart but John doesn't remember exactly what was discussed and May assures him that the encounter was more than a discussion, that it was an affair of the heart. They meet again several times, mostly at May's apartment and John is very much aware that May has a secret that she does not divulge, not because she doesn't want to but because John is not yet ready to hear and accept her emotions. She wants the questions to come from his inner self, which is something that John is not yet willing to examine. And so we get to understand the title of the book about the beast that is festering in John's psyche.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Reading The Bostonians.

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    Ashok Banker

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  10. 4 out of 5

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    Robert Ferrara

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    Thea Montandon

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    Suzanne H Cook

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    Susan Stemont

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    mark nickless

  16. 5 out of 5

    Classic literature has been my passion since I was young. My goal has been to read all the most acclaimed books written .

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hedda Gabler

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    Mark

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    Lloyd Taylor

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    Malachy Flisk

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    Pamela Kay Hawkins

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    Tracey Henry

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    Richard Stuecker

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Geoff Walling

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liza

    Finally reading (all?) the tales!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anna Johnstone

  29. 4 out of 5

    Martha

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Cross

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