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Thus The Ambassadors dealt with matters-such as the gap between New England and its wandering son-which were close to Henry James, which preoccupied him deeply

Thus The Ambassadors dealt with matters-such as the gap between New England and its wandering son-which were close to Henry James, which preoccupied him deeply.

This dark comedy, seen as one of the masterpieces of James's final period, follows the trip of protagonist Lewis Lambert Strether to Europe in pursuit of Chad Newsome, his widowed fiancée's supposedly wayward son; he is to bring the young man back to the family business, but he encounters unexpected complications. The third-person narrative is told exclusively from Strether's point of view.

Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, S. and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. The Ambassadors" is high comedy, in part about the moral hypocrisy of some Americans who think the . is superior to Europe (sound familiar?); "The Golden Bowl" deals with the moral complexities of two marriages and the process of scapegoating.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The Ambassadors, novel by Henry James, published in 1903. James considered it his best novel, and in the character of Lambert Strether.

Henry James considered The Ambassadors his best, or perhaps his best-wrought, novel. It plays on the great Jamesian theme of Americans abroad, who finds themselves in an older, and some would say richer and more sophisticated, culture that that of the United States.

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Immediately download the The Ambassadors summary, chapter-by-chapter analysis, book notes, essays, quotes, character descriptions, lesson plans, and more - everything you need for studying or teaching The Ambassadors. Henry James' 1903 novel, The Ambassadors showcases an American abroad, revealing the effects that Europe has on him. Middle-aged Lambert Strether travels on an errand of his fiancée, the wealthy widow, Mrs. Newsome, who sends him from their home in Woolett, Massachusetts to Paris to bring back her wayward son, Chad.

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Concerned that her son Chad may have become involved with a woman of dubious reputation, the formidable Mrs. Newsome sends her 'ambassador' Strether from Massachusetts to Paris to extricate him. Strether's mission, however, is gradually undermined as he falls under the spell of the city and finds Chad refined rather than corrupted by its influence and that of his charming companion, the comtesse de Vionnet. As the summer wears on, Mrs. Newsome comes to the conclusion that she must send another envoy to Paris to confront the errant Chad, and a Strether whose view of the world has changed profoundly. James' favourite novel and one of the greatest of his late works, "The Ambassadors" is a subtle and often witty exploration of different American responses to a European environment.

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Cerar
55 year old Lambert Strether is on a quest. His "fiance", Mrs. Newsome, who happens to be rich if not beautiful, has given him the task of retrieving her wayward son Chad from the clutches of a femme fatale in Paris, France. It's an implied condition that if Strether cannot convince Chad to come home and take over the family business, there will be no marriage to Mrs. Newsome back in Massachusetts.

Strether arrives in Paris thinking that he will find Chad debauched by women, wine, and song but is greatly surprised to find him flourishing and in fact improved from the shallow boy he once knew. He is more of a gentleman with a sophisticated mind and tastes. The harpy destroyer of his innocence, Madame de Vionnet, turns out to be an elegant and charming woman who is currently separated from her husband. Strether can't figure out if Chad is in love with Vionnet our her young daughter, or if he is in love with neither.

Ironically, the more time Strether spends in Paris hanging out with Chad and his coterie, the more Strether HIMSELF doesn't want to return home to the States! He begins to realize that he hasn't really ever had time to experience and enjoy life and maybe it's not to late to find a small bit of happiness in Paris among young minds and art.

Henry James himself ranked this novel as his best so I thought it would be a great place to try reading his work for the first time. Unfortunately, this book is from his "late period" which means its language is a lot more convoluted and dense and can be a bit hard to understand coming into it unaware as I did. The experience to me was closest to reading Shakespeare for the first time. At points all through this book I would read 2-3 pages and the realize that I had no idea what had just occurred. And I consider myself an above average reader. A casual reader would lose interest in this book in the first few pages. As you start reading you catch the broad strokes of the action and you have to use context clues not to infer meaning from individual words but whole sections of text.

The great thing was that the more of the book you read, the more beautiful it becomes because your mind starts to get used to the style and is able to decode the meaning of the text. By the end of the book, the language and sentence construction no longer bothered me and I was able to greatly enjoy it.

I would say the main conflict of the book is Strether's regret. The fact that at 55, he starts to question his life choices and for the first time, he begins to think about what he wants to do with his life. Fortunately for him, within the confines of this novel, he discovers that maybe he still has TIME to sort out his future. Does he want to go home and marry Mrs Newsome, does he want to stay in Paris and get together with one of the other women he has met, or does he want to stay single? He's ended up middle aged, repressed, depressed, and dull, but at least the author gives Strether the opportunity to make something of his inner life even at this late stage in his life. You'll have to read the book to see if Strether seizes the opportunity he's been given.
Rocky Basilisk
The prose in The Ambassadors isn't so much "written" as "crafted". James pushes the English language to near its limits for complexity of sentence construction, with multiple thoughts often nested into a single sentence. Fortunately for the reader, deciphering the prose is made easier by the fact that the vocabulary employed is generally accessible and commonplace. I'm not a particularly quick reader to begin with, and I had to read this book at perhaps half my normal pace (re-reading many sentences to boot) in order to glean most of what was being said. Most, not all; there were quite a few clauses I simply couldn't pick the meaning out of. But I got 99% of it and that was enough for me to hold this work in the highest regard and consider it one of the finest novels I've ever read.

No need to summarize the plot as other reviews here have already done so (with spoilers a plenty I might add). The story had me rooting for the protagonist Strether from the start and made the book difficult to put down. It's easy to sympathize with his predicament; he's conflicted between his natural desire for self-preservation and his reluctance to force Chad to do something against his will.

Characterization is brilliant particularly after the Pococks arrive due to the clashes of personalities & motives.

The only nit I'd pick is that when contrasting Europe & America, James leaves the impression that anyone visiting France could find the right well-connected tour guide, jump into high society, and experience the Old World in that environment. The reality is this tiny stratum of French society is only accessible to very few and could not be experienced directly by most readers; the Old World in the novel isn't painted faithfully.
Adaly
Honestly, it is not a book which I find easy to read and understand. Not formally trained in English literary studies, I have found Henry James's writing extremely hard to follow. The prose all along is long, discursive, distracting, like a mud trail that leads me into a big big forest. I have felt very lost sometimes, as the hint (I had thought it was) given by the author turned out leading me the other way. At 50% of the book, I thought there should be something creepy between Chad Newsome and Madame de Vionnet. At 60% of the book I found myself completely wrong footed.

So, as a book worm, this book is so challenging. And, compared to great authors about the times like Charles Dickens, Henry James's plot is more adaptable to what city people think at our times, 21st century.

Not bad. But it will take you a lot of time, thought and energy once you pick up.
The Ambassadors download epub
Classics
Author: Henry James
ISBN: 089966606X
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Classics
Language: English
Publisher: Buccaneer Books (November 1, 1987)