Eugenia wins the attentions of Robert Acton, the most appropriate suitor in the area, while also seducing her younger cousin, Clifford. But her foreign gentility and audacity confuse the puritanical customs of the New World.
On the other hand, Felix's luxurious romantic ways find acceptance with the American women. But misunderstandings of a different kind complicate his plans.
In a bungle of culture clash and love triangles, the Europeans hang their fortunes upon their ability to adapt. But where their scheming leads them is the last place they expect.
"James's irony is far from being unkind; he sees too much he admires in the [American] ethos he criticizes to condemn it....This small book, written so early in James's career, is a masterpiece of major quality." (F. R. Leavis)
Cosa pensano gli ascoltatori di The Europeans
- Libby Hall
Light quick Henry James beautifully narrated
Evidently Henry James partly agreed with his brother's criticism of the novel's 'slightness', but, if it is slight, it is a pleasing, and sometimes very funny slight novel. Well read by its narrator.