Daisy Miller

Daisy Miller

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A young American woman searches for love and independence in Europe in this iconic tale. Old World and New World values collide in this classic coming-of-age romance. A delicious comedy of manners from master storyteller Henry James, Daisy Miller has long reserved its place in the annals of America's most oft-read novellas, and its examination of culture and class differences continues to resonate today -- on both sides of the Atlantic. Annie "Daisy" Miller is a new-money American girl from Schenectady, New York, on a European tour with her family. While at an upper-crust lakefront retreat in Switzerland, Daisy's younger brother, Randolph, introduces her to the older, more refined Frederick Winterbourne, and the Swiss-educated man is stunned by Daisy's unique combination of naíveté and flirtatiousness. As rumors fly regarding Daisy's active nightlife and her suspect relationship with a young Italian man, Winterbourne chases her to Rome, his meddlesome aunt questioning the girl's breeding and propriety all the while. Rich in complex characterizations and superb in its economies of form, Daisy Miller is a must-read for serious connoisseurs of American literature, who will appreciate how James renders such an expansive world within a relatively tight space. Written by a master of his craft, this novella is easily one of James's most beloved works, timeless in its approach to the complexities of the human heart. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Open Road Media, [2016]
ISBN: 9781504039611
Branch Call Number: FICTION Jam
Description: 1 online resource (116 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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USS_Enterprise
Apr 19, 2018

A short but interesting novella about the differences between American and European society. The story follows a young American lady named Daisy Miller as she travels with her family in Europe. The language used was more formal than I'm used to, and the story was a bit hard to get into at first. I liked this book, though I probably would not have such a high opinion of it if I hadn't taken the time to study it more critically. So, with that said, I liked it because I found similarities between how Americans are viewed in this story and opinions of Americans and tourism today. Also, though she wasn't exactly 'relatable', I thought Daisy was a strong character because she refused to conform to things she didn't agree with or that didn't make sense to her. It's always nice to see empowered female characters in older stories. I recommend this book to anyone high-school age and older.

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1aa
Dec 09, 2015

I was anticipating much engagement and enjoyment from this work, the second I had read from James (the first was 'Lesson of the Master'), and found it rather disappointing. Its more like a high-schooler's rather decent and competent try at a novella.

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e_long
Apr 01, 2013

I think most prof's have us read this not because it necessarily holds up today, but because it was James's first "hit" and because Daisy was a new type in literature. The problem with new "types" is that soon they are over-used and don't hold up.

This is still an enjoyable (and quick) introduction into Henry James. If you don't like his stuff, you won't like this.

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julia_sedai
Sep 22, 2012

We studied this story for my American Lit. class at university and I couldn't help but be annoyed at Daisy throughout the story. However, my prof was trying to show how amazing and iconoclastic she was. I guess it's something you have to discover for yourself.

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USS_Enterprise
Apr 19, 2018

"Winterbourne looked at him a moment, and then said, 'Do you mean to speak to that man?'
'Do I mean to speak to him? Why, you don't suppose I mean to communicate by signs?'
'Pray understand, then,' said Winterbourne, 'that I intend to remain with you.'
Daisy stopped and looked at him, without a sign of troubled consciousness in her face; with nothing but the presence of her charming eyes and her happy dimples."

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USS_Enterprise
Apr 19, 2018

"'Ah, wait a little, and you will become very fond of it,' said Winterbourne.
'I hate it worse and worse every day!' cried Randolph.
'You are like the infant Hannibal,' said Winterbourne.
'No, I ain't!' Randolph declared, at a venture."

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Apr 19, 2018

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