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The Europeans With his creative use of point of view and interior monologue, Henry James brought a new level of depth to narrative fiction The Europeans is no exception A light comedy, The Europeans offers a contrast between two visitors from Europe, Eugenia Munster and Felix Young, and their relatives in the New World The short novel is notable for its comparisons between European and American women in the middle of the th century, which sheds an interesting light on attitudes and values of the time The Europeans first appeared in print in anissue of The Atlantic Monthly



10 thoughts on “The Europeans

  1. Fionnuala Fionnuala says:

    There s a character in What Maisie Knew who plays billiards Not only does she beat her opponents at home, she also travels abroad to compete in tournaments Given that the book was written in 1897, her extraordinary prowess is a little surprising But for all her talent, she isn t half so great at


  2. Kalliope Kalliope says:

    Oil and Vinegar After reading The American, I find myself with a sort of Mirror Image in The Europeans In the former the American man, who feels boundless, explores, and gets burnt, in the Europe full of boundaries In The Europeans, we find a couple of siblings who feel bound and look for a way out in


  3. Annelies Annelies says:

    What makes Henry James so special You take one setting, place a few persons in it and what it ends in is a really spectacular story consisting only of dialogues and a very good insight in the world and thinking of his personages Also this story is almost a comedy on the social behaviour of europeans versus


  4. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    PLOT SUMMARY CONTAINS SPOILERS Eugenia and her brother Felix arrive in Boston from Europe The next day Felix visits some people The day after that Eugenia visits them Three days later their uncle visits them Something about a painting Eugenia flirts with a guy Somebody got thrown out of college for drinking, he


  5. Paul Paul says:

    3.5 stars rounded up.A brief novella, which is effectively a comedy of manners, in which, on the surface, little happens It reminded me of Edith Wharton s The Age of Innocence The plot is simple Felix Young and his sister Eugenia are the Europeans Felix is a painter, who lives a bohemian lifestyle He is incessantly


  6. Teresa Teresa says:

    3.5If you are warily debating whether to read Henry James for the first time or not, this early work might be a good place to start It reads to me as HJ Lite full of his typical themes but without his so called obfuscating prose The final conversation between two of the characters shows off his skillful dialogue, the typ


  7. Jasmine Jasmine says:

    After having read three of his earlier works I slowly start to understand why Henry James is called the Master Again 5 shining stars


  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    A slight thing for a summer s evening Nowhere near the heft in terms of intellect, emotion, or insight, of the other, later James I ve read He had one or two points to make, at best, and made them quite straightforwardly The best of it His drawing of Felix was vivid, the frustration of Gertrude was palpably real and relatable The


  9. Julie Julie says:

    5 10.Ugh If I had not known and loved Henry James in different incarnations, this would have stopped me dead cold in my pursuit of knowing him better I may, in fact, have to re think all of Henry James with the taint of this on my hands The first 20, and the last 20 pages save this from a Zero rating something actually happens in those


  10. Wayne Wayne says:

    Deceptively slight, this early James packs a punch full of complexity and resonating depths.It is sad to see so many students on this site dismissing it as an easy, and therefore a boring and unchallenging read.God Help America 1967 Adelaide University Miss Sweetapple doing my first Henry James They were both terrifying I LOVED Gertrude Wen


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