Eugenia, an American expatriate brought up in Europe, arrives in rural New England with her charming brother Felix, hoping to find a wealthy second husband after the collapse of her marriage to a German prince. Their exotic, sophisticated airs cause quite a stir with their affluent, God-fearing American cousins, the Wentworth's - and provoke the disapproval of their uncle, suspicious of foreign influences. To Gertrude Wentworth, struggling against her somber puritan upbringing, the arrival of the handsome Felix is especially enchanting.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter Boyce on 07-08-16

Upper class romances

If you could sum up The Europeans in three words, what would they be?

Light enjoyable floss

What did you like best about this story?

The story line never flagged over the 6 hours

What about Eleanor Bron’s performance did you like?

By light and shade, speed and inflection of the voice she made it sound as if she found the various intrigues interesting. The participation of such a well-known radio broadcaster was a surprise.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Floss doesn't 'move' at all.

Any additional comments?

Light and airy conversations between readily forgotten and lightly defined nobodies is not my choice normally. However, an author like this at the top of the pile makes all the difference.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Welsh Mafia on 27-03-10

Selling Europe by the Harvard Yard

The short novella detailing the arrival of Eugenia Munster and Felix Young and their impact on the small family circle is, as ever with Henry James, masterly executed - earning The Europeans its epithet.

A real feel of the new world and a reflection of Jane Austen, with epigrammatic asides worthy of Wilde - “How could one live without curtains” - how indeed?

The abrupt ending seems to reflect the fact that this novel first appeared in serialised form - and is the only serious let down in what has become the standard for the Old World/New Money dialectic that was taken up by Wharton and Fitzgerald. Bettered on this form, but never bettered when best, James remains an essential read standing uniquely astride late Victorian and early modern English and American literature. A must read.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 14-11-09

wonderful novel, wonderful reader, poor recording

I'd probably be happy listening to Eleanor Bron read the dictionary aloud, so a chance to hear her read Henry James is a real treat. Sadly, however, the volume on this recording is very uneven. It varies so much and changes so often I have to keep a thumb on the volume control of my device. Very disappointing and distracting.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rosalind L. Whitley on 02-06-16

Not the best HJ but solid

This book was a bit hard to get into at first, but it ended up getting my attention. A short and sweet read, well narrated. Funny ending, not altogether satisfying, as is the author's way.

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