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 moralistic 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.
A contrasting study of four love stores in one novel. We are treated to the Wentworth sisters and their courtships and the courtship of their younger brother and his childhood relation. We are also entertained by the social romance of the sophisticated Baroness and an American gentleman of sufficient means. In this couple we see the inner workings of their interest in each other and their testing of each other. Their romance is a kind of mystery that leaves the reader wondering. It is a very accurate depiction of the dynamics of love consummating in marriage not sex. It is very charmingly composed and the writing style of Mr. Henry James is highly engaging and intelligent and sensitive. An uplifting read.--Submitted by Anonymous
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