The Europeans, A Sketch



Eugenia, The Daughter Of American Expatriates, Is The Morganatic Wife Of A German Prince, Who Is Being Urged To Divorce Her In Favor Of A State Marriage She And Her Artist Brother, Felix, Travel To Boston To Meet Distant Cousins Relatives, Partially In Hopes Of Making A Wealthy Marriage Its Wit, Gaiety, And What Rebecca West Calls Its Clear Sunlit Charm Have Made This Masterly Short Novel One Of The Most Popular Of James S Novels.The Europeans, A Sketch

Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the

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  • The Europeans, A Sketch
  • Henry James
  • English
  • 07 January 2018
  • 9780140621952

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  1. says:

    AFFINIT ELETTIVERomanzo breve del 1878, subito dopo L americano , subito prima di Daisy Miller.Faccio una prova, racconto la storia di questo libro buttandola in burletta.Lee Remick la baronessa Eugenia Camilla Dolores M nster nel film omonimo di James Ivory del 1979.1850 C era una volta una baronessa tedesca, si chiamava Eugenia Camilla Dolores M nster, ed era cresciuta a pane e volpe qui a Roma la si definirebbe na paracula infatti, quando il marito principe di Silberstadt Schreckenstein le annuncia che vuole divorziare, pur trattandosi solo di matrimonio morganatico, quindi gi previsto che i titoli e le propriet del marito non passino alla moglie, essa pensa bene di ntortare i cugini americani, che essendo del Nuovo Mondo devono per forza essere sempliciotti e pure tontolotti, magari anche un pochino selvaggi e con l anello al naso come un pellerossa.Cos parte per Boston e s accomoda a casa Wenworth, che sono appunto i parenti d America Con lei viaggia Felix, fratello senza un centesimo, che si pretende artista.Lisa Eichhorn Gertrude Wenworth chiaro per Eugenia che i cugini Wenworth servono solo per consentirle di combinare un matrimonio pi vantaggioso e, quindi, di conoscere quello che lei decider essere il partito giusto per rimpiazzare il marito che presto sar ex D altronde si sempre partiti dal Vecchio Mondo diretti nel nuovo per cercare fortuna denaro.E cos fanno spesso visita a sti cugini parenti Wenworth che come si addice alla costa est degli US, son piuttosto puritani, al contrario dei due europei che invece son di costumi meno rigidi pi allegri.I Wenworth vivono in campagna non lontano da Boston e si incontrano spesso coi vicini, tale Robert Acton e la di lui sorella Lizzie L uomo Acton ricco di soldi fatti in Cina, e dotato di magione giusta Il buon partito sembra individuato si annuncia matrimonio d interesse I cugini Wenworth propongono ai cugini europei di trasferirsi nella loro d pendance.Eugenia conduce le danze protagonista assoluta, sovrintende il salotto, dirige gli incontri, fa teatrino, e riempie la dependance di tende e drappi cio curtain, che vuol dire anche sipario per renderla meno semplice e pi di stile Cos mai la vita senza drappi , dice infatti la baronessa, perch nella vita un sipario serve sempre eccome.Robin Ellis a destra nella foto Robert Acton.Seguono un sacco di chiacchiere, di incontri e incroci e incastri.Finisce con tre matrimoni ecco perch il richiamo all opera di Goethe, Le affinit elettive del mio titolo , di cui uno vede l artista fratello Felix sposare felicemente una cugina Wenworth, Gertrude, mentre Eugenia Camilla Dolores rimane all asciutto, forse per troppo orgoglio, e senza nuovo marito da impalmare se ne torna mogia in Europa.Ho provato, mi sono impegnato per rovinare questa chicca jamesiana Ma non penso di esserci riuscito nonostante le mie scemenze, questo romanzo rimane una delizia, un intarsio di psicologie, un ricamo di caratteri, un elegante gioco in punta di penna fioretto.Ancora Lee Remick Cast in chiave minore per questo film di Ivory che anticipa i suoi successi del decennio successivo.

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    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 sending things flying in multiple directions as the Baroness M nster in The Europeans.The Europeans was written in 1878 but it is set thirty years earlier the narrator tells us on the first page So at the beginning, we find ourselves in 1840s Boston in the company of a duo who ve just arrived from Europe Eugenia, the Baroness, and her brother Felix The pair were born somewhere in France or Italy but their mother hailed from Boston Having fallen on hard times, they ve come in search of their wealthy New England relatives.Henry James seems intent on contrasting the attitudes and manners of the two camps, the one sophisticated and light hearted, the other puritanical and profoundly serious At the outset, it appears likely that the Europeans will be defeated by the stoney sobriety of the New Englanders, but very soon, the Baroness sets to work on the locals By the time she s finished, those who initially lay furthest from each other are brought together and those who lay side by side are smashed asunder Her aim is super accurate and her run is spectacular She is never defeated though it may seem that she abandons her trophy on the severe soil of New England

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    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 the open and clear new world This time there is a split, for we are talking The contraposition of America and its values and Europe and its culture is an ongoing theme in James s works just as oil and vinegar are found, in one way or another, in most salads Sometimes their respective flavors and textures mix well sometimes they remain distinctly apart, without resolving into an emulsified blend.The title is however somewhat misleading The Europeans are not really such They are the offspring of uprooted Americans, who have grown knowing that there was always an alternative to their existence Different from the Europeans who, unless forced by dire conditions, would not consider once that their lives could be lived otherwise But the title is not misleading in that these siblings remain undefined in their Europeanness They speak English, French, Italian and German, and are not really rooted in any particular European country Their otherness in the clear, sober, defined, austere, constrained world remains somewhat theoretical and vague.This second novel presents a much restricted setting than the one in The American and the reader often feels as if she is were facing a stage in the theater The profusion of lively and effective dialogue, that can be easily quoted or recited, as well as the enclosed spaces, and the emphasis on costumes, contradicts somehow the suggestion of the limitless space of the New World This theatrical tone ought not to surprise the reader, however, given that James, if unsuccessful, had always wanted to write drama.At the end, the plot and the characters are clearly closed in and resolved in a somewhat uncharacteristic fashion for this writer And this reinforces the nature of this short novel as a light comedy the curtains are drawn and the spectators can gather their belongings and go back to their daily lives without further ado.But James called this a sketch and it seems that differently to the pictorial artists, he understood sketches as defined than the final work with a loose texture.The oil and vinegar succeeded in making this a delicious read.

  4. says:

    Viaggio in AmericaRomanzo giovanile, composto velocemente, pubblicato nel 1878 Una commedia brillante, percorsa da un filo di ironia Una scrittura gi bellissima, anche per lettori di libri non troppo impegnativi.La vicenda ambientata in America, questo comico, delizioso paese nel New England, per la precisione in quell angolo lindo e boscoso del mondo occidentale, dove i tramonti erano belli e le ambizioni purissime.H James qui affronta un tema a lui caro il contrasto fra le due culture, americana ed europea, alle quali in qualche modo era legato.Fratello e sorella, altolocati, partono dall Europa per l America, con l intento di accasarsi, alla ricerca di una persona ricca e raffinata, un buon partito , insomma Intanto trovano gentile ospitalit presso accoglienti e benestanti parenti.Lei in particolare ha molte pretese e una grande opinione di s L autore, con una punta di umorismo, argutamente la ritrae come una nobildonna indispettita perch in America non riusciva a brillare come le accadeva in Europa, come se nel nuovo continente non riuscisse a far far sbocciare i fiori di cui portava i semi in tasca Pensava che in quel continente provinciale non esistessero occasioni favorevoli per le donne veramente superiori il vecchio mondo,dopo tutto, era il loro terreno naturale.Una donna complessa o banalmente complicata Lei, che si considera irresistibilmente intelligente, riesce a convincere di questo il lettore Il finale non lascer quest ultimo a bocca asciutta.Ricordiamoci per che la scaltra signora non sbarcata da sola in America anche il fratello, pur meno brillante e con minori pretese, rimane presente in tutta la narrazione E dester sorprese.

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    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, heck, I don t know Gertrude wants to marry Mr Brand I don t know who those people are either No she doesn t , her father wants her to because he can t marry Mr Brand Who s he This is the 1880s Robert Acton goes to the Wentworths but Eugenia is not in their house Maybe she was snatched up by anarchists It doesn t say Clifford at this point is in hiding in a place It could be Niagara Falls or somewhere else, probably not that far from Boston Mr Brand then visits Felix, who tells him Charlotte likes him Who he means by him is not clear, it could be either Eugenia walks into Robert, who says he loves her before falling down He will have to join her in Europe after he recuperates.Three days later, Felix decides to visit his uncle and tell him he wants to marry him but he can t It s sad Gertrude turns up and tells her father the same thing Mr Brand asks for Mr Wentworth s hand in marriage He agrees However Mr Brand and Charlotte later marry Clifford has proposed to Lizzie Acton I do not really know who she is I thought I did but I read it wrong Years later, Robert is finally free to marry Felix.

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    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 americans The dialogues are pretty fast written like they are spoken in a theater It makes his works so lively.I don t know when it was written but I guess it s a rather early James I think in later work he becomes introspective and uses much larger sentences Though I liked the book and found the whole story and plot well constructed.

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    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 nauseatingly cheerful His sister Eugenia is in a morganatic marriage and her husband s family want a divorce They lead a wandering, essentially frivolous lifestyle They decide to visit their American cousins, the Wentworths Head of the family is their uncle Mr Wentworth He has two daughters, Gertrude and Charlotte Charlotte is very serious and religious, Gertrude is restless and uncertain what she wants Their younger brother Clifford has just been suspended from Harvard for drinking Throw into the mix Mr Brand, a Unitarian minister who wants to marry Gertrude and the Actons and you have the lot Robert Acton is a friend of the family who has been to China and made his fortune and is supposed to be worldly wise His sister Lizzie makes up the main players The Wentworth s are New England Puritans of a certain moral tone and life is a serious business This is often portrayed as James having a swipe at Americans however it isn t that simple as Felix and Eugenia are American as well The employment of an omniscient narrator means James is able to remain entirely neutral in telling his tale He analyses a Puritan morality, contrasting it with a modern reliance on feelings, emotions and the self A type of individualism compared to the communal stiltedness of Puritan New England Gertrude knows she does not wish to marry Mr Brand but does not know how to go about expressing it Felix and Eugenia are self confident James is critical of the Puritanism of the Wentworth s, but it is tempered with an underlying affection as he also finds much to admire Mr Wentworth is not the tyrannical father he could have been he just does not understand the approach to life of his European cousins, though he does try The real villain is Robert Acton who seems modern and aware, but proves not to be A fairly light confection, with a little going on than meets the eye, but a good introduction to James.

  9. 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

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