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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,503 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Jim Killavey Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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During a trip to Europe, Christopher Newman, a wealthy American businessman, asks the charming Claire de Cintre to be his wife. To his dismay, he receives an icy reception from the heads of her family, who find Newman to be a vulgar example of the American privileged class. Brilliantly combining elements of comedy, tragedy, romance and melodrama, this tale of thwarted desire vividly contrasts nineteenth-century American and European manners. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris Salisbury | 2/13/2014

    " I had my mother send me this book when I was living in the French Alps. To say I was lonely at times might be understating things; Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones became my unoficial theme song. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim Wagner | 2/9/2014

    " This is a terriffic book, perhaps the best of James's early novels. The American is a delight, a beach read: funny and occasionally touching, as well as an excellent introduction James' novels of American innocence versus European experience. Although it's more romance than realism, as James himself acknowledged, the high-tone characters and parisian milieu foreshadow the themes he'd later explore in his infinitely more sophisticated Ambassadors. The book is chock-a-block with intrigue, set-pieces, and fabulous french names (Claire de Cintre, Valentin de Bellegarde). The hero, Christopher Newman (new man, yuk yuk, we get it already) is a likeable blend of geniality and brash naivete...there's a bit of him in all us yanks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Richard Lodge | 1/29/2014

    " Very readable and enjoyable. The story rattles along - really! It's early James, so there is a story. The ideas about love and art are intriguing and the characters tragic and involving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by ShuoHao Ruan | 1/24/2014

    " Christopher Newman, an artist who made a good fortune from selling his drawing to a copiest. He then move to europe to find his wife to complete his forturne. since he have money already. however, certian conflicts started to happen. In this book, the theme is about persoanl happinesss and the family duty of taking care of his daughtor. "

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