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The Ambassadors (Second Edition) (Norton Critical Editions) Paperback – February 17, 1994
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He is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare in the history of poetry.
?He is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare in the history of poetry.?
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Lambert Strether, a fiftysomething turn-of-the-20th-century bourgeois Bostonian gentleman on an aristocratic lady's errand--she will not marry him until he convinces her son Chad to return to Massachusetts. We see his struggle with his uncomfortable position when he realizes Chad is no longer a spoiled young prep-schooler, but a young gentleman of increasing refinement and self-awareness. And if Strether is anything, by the way, he is one of the most supremely self-aware characters in literary history. Once that Paris air starts to play its magic with Strether himself, we are off to the races. Keeping in mind, of course, that with James' prose we are racing with tortoises. James invites us to ponder how many chances a person truly gets in this life to reinvent his or her self? And if we get the chance, do we always take it? How much should we weigh the consequences before we decide? How much are we willing to accept them after we have chosen?
For similar themes with clearer, faster-paced, and wittier prose, try Edith Wharton's marvelous homage to James, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE.
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Very nice -- as promised and as expected -- would deal with this seller againPublished 2 months ago by Norb Vacha
I thought the main character wasn't pleasant (that's the most Amazon appropriate word I could think of to describe him). Read morePublished 2 months ago by S Cox
I know it's a classic and James considered it his favorite of his works, but this book just didn't do it for me. It is painfully difficult to read... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Efox
I am attempting to read this weighty tome and have an awful feeling I may not get to the end. I read pages without really getting the gist of what James is trying to say, so dense... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Annie
A modern reader needs to consider the period in which James wrote The Ambassadors (early 1900). The social mores of that time hinge on manners, up-bringing and the 'place' of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by KW