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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,311 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Susan O’Malley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“What the European male fails to understand is that the American Girl is innocent by definition, mythically innocent; and that her purity depends upon nothing she says or does…”—Leslie Fiedler

When Frederick, an American expatriate traveling in Europe, meets the newly rich Miller family from New York, he is charmed by the daughter, Daisy, and her “inscrutable combination of audacity and innocence.” The Millers have no perception of the complex behavioral code that underlies European society, and Winterbourne is astonished at the girl’s unworldliness and her mother’s unconcern when Daisy accompanies him to the Castle of Chillon. Some months later, he meets the family in Rome, where Daisy has aroused suspicion among the American colony by being seen constantly with a third-rate Italian. Ostracized by former friends who think her “intrigue” has gone too far, Daisy denies that she is engaged to Giovanelli. Publicly, Winterbourne defends her as simply uncultivated, but privately, he hesitates.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Daisy Miller there is the seed of what we are to find in full bloom at the end of [James’] career...the pitting of the values of America against those of Europe. The reason Daisy has nothing in common with her fellow Americans in Rome is because they subscribe to the European way of looking at life, a way which so many of James’s novels reveal to be shallow, superficial and cynical. Daisy is honest, fresh and open.”

    Geoffrey Moore

  • “What the European male fails to understand is that the American girl is innocent by definition, mythically innocent; and that her purity depends upon nothing she says or does.”

    Leslie Fiedler    

  • Daisy Miller uses the contrast between American innocence and European sophistication as a powerful tool with which to examine social conventions.”

    Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

  • “By maintaining a vigorous, satisfying pace, Susan O’Malley holds the listener’s attention admirably. Her reading is intelligent and agreeable.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Brittany Seyb | 2/19/2014

    " Read this short story during my last long semester of college and frankly couldn't stand it. I don't give a damn about Daisy "Vapid to all degree" Miller. I didn't like her at all and I don't see how anyone could like her, she isn't charming with her stupidity, she isn't really pretty. The setting of the story is pretty. I really didn't care too much for it. I'm sure I will re-read it one of these days and I hope that when I do I'm humming a different tune afterwards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ciera | 2/18/2014

    " Loved this book! The irony/foreshadowing was wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Flannery | 2/17/2014

    " Re-read this -- still as good as the first time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/16/2014

    " Daisy Miller is a novel about the eye-raising behavior of an American Girl traveling in Europe. he acts without discretion and is an outrageous flirt. All of the expats shun her, intending to let European society know that this is not how American girls act. Daisy Miller is an examination of Victorian Morals at its best. "

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