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September 2013 Classic Book Discussion

  • Sep 4, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Title: The Ambassadors by Henry James
Genre: Fiction – Dark Comedy
Year of Publication: 1903
Approximate Page Count: 450 pages
Summary: This dark comedy, one of the masterpieces of James's final period, follows the trip of protagonist Lewis Lambert Strether to Europe in pursuit of Chad, 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 theme of liberation from a cramped, almost starved, emotional life into a more generous and gracious existence plays throughout The Ambassadors, yet it is noteworthy that James does not naïvely make Paris a faultless paradise for culturally stunted Americans.
Suggested by: Curtis


Author and Book Presentation: One person is needed to present the author's biography and facts of interest about the book.
Discussion Questions: One person is needed to lead the discussion with questions.


LAST UPDATE: September 2, 2013

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  • Regina Voorhies D.


    September 4, 2013

  • Diana B.

    I haven't yet read the book. These past weeks have been busy with school starting, so I'll have to catch everyone on the next one!

    September 2, 2013

  • Evelyn

    Are folks interested in changing to a quitter location? I have access to a free meeting room in Emeryville, with free street parking, and comfortable seating.

    August 26, 2013

  • Lynn

    my first!

    July 12, 2013

  • Anthony

    Livia, you can see the 2013 reading schedule at :-)

    July 3, 2013

  • Livia E.

    What is the contemporary book for September? I may not be able to rejoin you until then. Thanks!

    July 3, 2013

  • Steve

    Read the reviews and sounds very interesting. Looking forward to discussing it.

    June 1, 2013

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