The Ambassadors

The Ambassadors

by Henry James

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Overview

This classic tale of the discovery of the charms of the Old World by differing American types, represents the finest flowering of the genre for which Henry James is most renowned and at ease. Full of humour, irony and delicate perception, the book matches superb character portrayal with a vivid sense of time and place.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940000739617
Publisher: B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Series: B&R Samizdat Express
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Henry James (1843-1916), the son of the religious philosopher Henry James Sr. and brother of the psychologist and philosopher William James, published many important novels including Daisy Miller, The Wings of the Dove, The Golden Bowl, and The Ambassadors.

Date of Birth:

April 15, 1843

Date of Death:

February 28, 1916

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

London, England

Education:

Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

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Table of Contents

"Live all you can; it's a mistake not to," declares the primary "ambassador" of this 1903 novel, adding, "It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that, what have you had?"
In this complex tale of self-discovery, Henry James invokes his favorite theme: the clash of American innocence with European experience. It traces the path of an aging idealist, Lambert Strether, who arrives in Paris intending to persuade his young charge to abandon an obsession with a French woman and return home. Once abroad, however, Strether arrives at unexpected conclusions.
Henry James regarded The Ambassadors as his finest work. Astute, humorous, and intelligent, this masterpiece from the pinnacle of the author's long and brilliant career remains ever vital.

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The Ambassadors 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
RoseCityReader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Typical James sludge¿a page and a half long paragraph of convolution that I had to read twice just to realize that all the guy was doing was wandering around, looking for a place to read a letter. Ugh! What is that famous HG Wells line? Something about, reading James is like watching a hippopotamus try to pick up a pea. So true!Slow going to the very last page. Because I didn¿t get the main point of the plot, so veiled was it in Jamsien fog, I didn¿t care about any of the characters and their dithering drove me up a wall.
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Very poorly formatted. Extraneous punctuation marks and illegibility.
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this is only part of the story
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