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Ce que savait Maisie
De Edouard Molinaro
Paris, les années trente. Maisie, âgée de douze ans, est déchirée par le divorce de ses parents. La moitié de l'année chez sa mère, qui n'a pas une heure à lui consacrer, et l'autre chez son père, qui est attiré par les belles créatures, elle apprend à observer le comportement des adultes et à l'interprêter. Elle mûrit très vite. Si vite qu'elle devine tout et parvient à tirer les ficelles autour d'elle. Et à se créer une famille idéale !
145 pages.SIBLINGS Eugenia and Felix Young grew up in Europe, but has roots in the US via their mother. When Eugenia's odd marriage with a German prince goes bad, the two siblings choose to go the United States to their relatives in Boston, to seek happiness - and love - there. The meeting with the distant relatives are not without problems. The puritanical Americans are at once overwhelmed and reluctant to the both vibrant and cultured Europeans, while Eugenia and Felix look with marvel at New ENland's provincialism and their family's strict outlook. With great psychological insight and a discreet, understated humor the American master Henry James portrays life in the new family circle and the tensions that arise as the cultural and mental differences become clearer. THE EUROPEANS was originally published in 1878.
52 pages.This is the story of the beautiful young American Daisy, who with her immediate behavior comes to do so wrong in the narrow-minded and rigid Italy. The old and the new world collide here in the depiction of the straightforward American womanÔÇÖs visit to Europe, where she is - because of her innocence and naive approach to the world - perceived indecent.
154 pages.The story of the young and unattractive Catherine Sloper, who suddenly becomes the object of a beautiful young man's advances. Catherine's father suspects suitor, Morris Townsend, to be out after Catherine's money and are opposed marriage as he cynically exploits his daughter's adoration of himself. Catherine's romantic aunt, however, is deep intake of Morris and seeking by all means to get the connection consummated. Surrounded by three strong-willed characters must Catherine find unknown inner resources and make a choice that whatever will require a heavy sacrifice. Henry James (1843-1916) is one of the novel's most famous artists, and Washington Square one of his most beloved works. The book is Graham Greene's words, "the only novel in which a man successfully penetrated the womanÔÇÖs area and has created literature on a par with Jane Austen."
The Turn of the Screw
98 pages.A young daughter of a priest arrives at an idyllic English country house to the post as governess for the two orphans, Miles and Flora. The estate belongs to the children's uncle, a busy businessman from London, whose only requirement is that he is not disturbed. The young governess realizes, however soon that it is precisely disorders estate teems with. She begins to see two mysterious, silent figures around the area, and the two children who otherwise have been the pure angels shows, sudden signs of other, more unpleasant sides. Along with the sinister is also the doubt creeping. For she can rely on her impressions, or are they in fact imagination - manifestation of her lonely situation and increasingly nervous condition? The American author Henry James (1843-1916) wrote between 1870 and 1904 a series of novels and short stories that have given him status as one of the era's greatest prose writers and an eminent historian of the human psyche. Besides his realistic works (Europeans, Portrait of a Lady and others.) James wrote also several ghost stories. He was preoccupied with the genre, but wanted to move it from the colored supernatural into the more subtile where the grisly borders the ordinary and everyday. This refinement is seen fully unfolded in The Turn of the Screw. THE GREAT AMERICAN author Henry James created with this novel one of its most famous and discussed works, a refined psychological narrative that both thrills and as literature are in a class by itself.
The portrait of a lady
529 pages.One of the great heroines of American literature, Isabel Archer, journeys to Europe in order to, as Henry James writes in his 1908 Preface, “affront her destiny.” James began The Portrait of a Lady without a plot or subject, only the slim but provocative notion of a young woman taking control of her fate. The result is a richly imagined study of an American heiress who turns away her suitors in an effort to first establish—and then protect—her independence.… (plus)