The American

The American

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A brash American expatriate confronts the profound differences between the Old and New Worlds in this classic tale. Soon after wealthy businessman Christopher Newman decides to leave America for a life of leisure in Europe, he becomes acquainted with Claire de Cintré, a beautiful widow whose family—the Bellegardes—are mainstays of the French aristocracy. Determined to win Claire’s affection, Newman befriends her brother, Valentin, and pursues his romantic goals with a single-minded devotion. But Claire’s mother and older brother have meddled in her affairs before—and they have eyes on another, better-connected suitor, whose titles trump the wealth of the American expatriate. One of James’ s earliest and most popular novels, The American casts a critical eye on the cultural differences between the United States and Europe. Packed with delightful social comedy, historical insight, and suspense, The American is the moving story of a man torn between his pride and his morals, and a compelling introduction to James’s oeuvre. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Open Road Media,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781504039642
Characteristics: 1 online resource (539 pages)

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Sep 28, 2014

James's first major novel embodies one of the key themes of his work (the differences and tensions between the New World and Old Europe) and is an accessible entry point into his formidable oeuvre. The title character is a brash, wealthy, optimistic American who comes to Europe and falls for a pretty, distant Frenchwoman from a distinguished and proud family. Her imperious mother doesn't approve of the romance and stands in their way. The strength of the novel is that James doesn't take sides, detailing the shortcoming of both parties. An excellent introduction to the Master's work. Consider reading "Daisy Miller," "Washington Square," and "The Europeans" next.

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