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Daisy Miller: A Comedy by Henry James
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Daisy Miller: A Comedy (1878)

by Henry James

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Daisy is as free as the air, but an innocent abroad. Her life encompasses the tragic difficulties of youth, tradition and love.
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A clever and skillful portrait of a young lady, described as a coquette, who attempts to weave her way into luxury and society. Her attempts ultimately prove to be her undoing.

3.5-- Better than expected. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Apr 8, 2019 |
Delightful, but bewarned the Penguin Classics edition has spoilers in the end notes (not to mention the introduction, which is disproportionately long.) ( )
  encephalical | Apr 5, 2019 |
This classic novel will heightened your appreciation for independence, romance and love loss by following a young man in his quest for true love. The young woman he follows is Daisy Miller, a newly rich heiress from America who wants to be acknowledged and accepted in European society. She makes all of the wrong choices and behaves badly. She eventually dies and is never really accepted in society. His feelings about her loss and acceptance come from a deeper understanding of what she did wrong and how headstrong and independent she was. Did he still love her when she died? It's hard to say whether he truly understood what she stood for and her belief and acceptance of acceptable behavior in modern society.
  RCrisp | Feb 25, 2019 |
With my secondhand e-reader I've finally been able to make use of the amazing resource known as Project Gutenberg. I'd a hankering for Henry James for a few weeks before I decided to dabble with 'Daisy Miller'. I didn't know what I was expecting, obviously, because for all of its short length there is nothing dabbley about 'Daisy Miller'. James has created a bright and vivacious young woman and allowed her to dance herself over the edge. He can only have been condemning the society that would allow such a thing to happen, and the way he writes these tragedies underlines how often, and how easily, they occur. Heartbreaking. Winterborne's motives were crystal clear, but I kept hoping for a change, for some real action on his part that would have done some good.

Isabel Archer is one of my favorite characters in fiction. 'Daisy Miller', written three years before 'The Portrait of a Lady', has a main character who is clearly the prototype of that headstrong American girl loose in Europe. Unlike Isabel, whose thoughts and reasoning we sometimes shared, Daisy is a cypher to Winterborne. He is transfixed by her, but he doesn't know how to respond to her actions which, according to the expatriate upper set he belongs to, are increasingly shocking. She forms acquaintances easily and swiftly, she goes out with gentlemen unescorted, she would walk through crowded Italian streets! The tight clique she is supposed to associate with has never seen anything like her, Winterborne wants to know how far she'll go, but is loathe to lose the good will of the others.

James underlines the ridiculousness and unfair severity of 19th century mores through Daisy's actions. Winterborne bows to the establishment and refuses to relate to Daisy, whatever feelings he might be developing. Tragedy comes, but whose fault is it really? The first part, where Winterborne and Daisy banter at a watering place was the most enjoyable. When his priggish nature and let's just call them "low" intentions come out I became less involved. If someone wants a taste of James' style, but doesn't have the time I'd recommend this over 'The Turn of the Screw' every time. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Read in the James omnibus volume.
  librisissimo | Feb 9, 2019 |
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Editions: 190917579X, 1909175803

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