The American [Jimcin Edition]

  • by Henry James
  • Narrated by Jim Killavey
  • 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


Audible Editor Reviews

Henry James’ literary classic, The American, is an absurdly funny, darkly tragic, and melodramatic tale concerning the follies of romance and unrequited love.
A businessman, Christopher Newman, traveling through Europe falls in love with a captivating woman, Claire de Cintre. Her aristocratic family, firmly entrenched in Parisian society and all that goes with it, are dead-set against the courtship of this "commercial" American.
With a voice seemingly piped in from the walnut-finished oak of a vintage radio, narrator Jim Killavey transports the listener to a time long ago, where the traditions were different, but the desires and frustrations of the human heart remained the same.


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This tome from The Master comes about three years before Washington Square, The Portrait of a Lady and The Bostonians. It?s part of this great canon, but not the best ? an essential for those who?s interests lead them to Edith Wharton and E.M. Forster, but ? it has to be said ? hard work for a reduced return.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-01-2004
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings