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A Little Tour in France [Format Kindle]

Henry James
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 nearly impossible to read 24 avril 2013
Par Sal
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Henry James was a delightful author, amusing, perceptive. I live in a part of France that he visited during his "Little Tour in France" and bought the Kindle version to enjoy on my own travels. However, it was so badly type-set (if that is still the correct description of the process) that it was almost unreadable and so, uniquely, I then went on to buy this paperback version. And it is nearly as bad! At least there isn't the plethora of hyphens scattered throughout the text, as in the Kindle, but all the same typos are there, as well as the most bizarre punctuation that necessitates reading and re-reading some passages to ascertain their meaning. I can only assume that whoever typeset (or whatever) this text does not speak English because nobody who understands the language could possibly have written this rubbish. Not French either; the lack of accents on many of James's French phrases alters their meaning completely.
I don't know who is to blame. The copyright (a real misnomer here!) is credited to IAP, Las Vegas, dated 2009 and the book was printed in Great Britain by, Marston Gate. To add insult to injury, the front cover bears a modern picture of the Eiffel Tower, whereas the whole subject of Henry James's account was his desire to leave Paris, where he was living, to discover la France profonde, the other France and its inhabitants.
I feel thoroughly cheated by both the Kindle and the paperback version and will probably search out yet another edition next time I visit England. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
P.S. If you can ignore all the above, Henry James's account of his "Little Tour in France" is a delight, giving little indication of having been written 130 years ago (apart from all the travel being by train or horse-drawn conveyance) and I would happily have given it 5 stars, not the paltry one. Read it, but not in this version!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Traveling a bit too fast, in the days of yore... 1 septembre 2013
Par John P. Jones III - Publié sur
Henry James was a prolific American (and British, taking the nationality before he died) writer, known for his dense, rich prose, and long, sometimes convoluted descriptive passages. In particular, he preferred to "straddle" the Atlantic, focusing on the respective characteristics of Europeans and Americans which seemed to define and differentiate them. His most famous works are novels, such as Daisy Miller (Dover Thrift Editions), The Bostonians (Penguin Classics), and The Ambassadors (Penguin Classics). James travelogue of France is less well-known than another work which covered portions of France and was written 15 years earlier, Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad (Wordsworth Classics), but is equally worthy of a reader's attention.

The "Little Tour" starts in the autumn of 1882, and lasts six weeks. James commences in the Loire Valley, touring most of its chateaux, then heads out to the Atlantic coast at Nantes, south to Bordeaux, east to Provence, covering primarily the portion west of the Rhone River, and then north to Burgundy. It rained a lot, and that, coupled with a rather ambitious itinerary, forcing him to move virtually every day, which seemed to accent James' dyspeptic mood. For sure, it is not all "Chamber of Commerce" gloss.

The true strength of the book is James' astonishing erudition. He KNOWS what has occurred historically in the various towns, and "points of interest," perhaps better than the natives themselves. Consider: "Normandy is Normandy, Burgundy is Burgundy, Provence is Provence; but Touraine is essentially France. It is the land of Rabelais, of Descartes, of Balzac, of good books and good company, as well as good dinners and good houses. George Sand has somewhere a charming passage about the mildness, the convenient quality, of physical conditions of central France: `son climat souple et chaud, ses pluies abondantes et courtes.'" James likes the chateau at Blois, as for Chambord, "...a touch of that quality of stupidity." Before departing for the coast, James takes a side trip south, to see the magnificent cathedral at Bourges, one that certainly rivals Notre Dame in Paris. He does not take the opportunity to visit the home of George Sand, who died six years earlier, in nearby Nohant. In Nantes he is impressed with the work of the sculptor, Paul Dubois, who created " of the purest and most touching of modern tombs."

Bordeaux does not even merit three pages; James finds Toulouse of more interest, in particular Saint-Sernin, "one of the noblest churches in southern France..." James admits spending only a few hours at Carcassonne, and considers "...those hours had rounded felicity." He had a better day than I; at least in its more modern incarnation it reeks "tourist trap." Narbonne is a "dirty little town." In Nimes, he heaps a fair amount of abuse on the "Maison Carree." He also takes in the Fountaine de Vaucluse, famous as the site where Petrarch composed his love sonnets to Laura; as well as Pont du Gard, Arles, and Les Baux. His guide of over a century ago was responsible for me visiting the Aliscamps in Arles, and "seeing" the Elysian Fields that he proposed. Then he turns north, heads to Burgundy, via Macon. He concludes his tour visiting Beaune and Dijon.

Like numerous others before and since, James concludes his "Little Tour" by expressing admiration for the planning and use of public space. In particular, it was a "charming public garden" in Dijon, which he enjoyed almost exclusively by himself as autumn deepened... "and as the light fade in the Parc the vision of some of the things I had enjoyed became more distinct."

Overall, my own pace would have necessitated the elimination of at least half the places on the tour, not that they were without merit, but simply so as to savor the others the better. "The pleasures of travel do not go to the swift..." Still, if you are going to France, or are fortunate to live there, this book will be more valuable than many a normal tourist guide. 5-stars.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent specimen of elegant little book 11 février 2014
Par eliz - Publié sur
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This is an elegant edition of elegant writing about elegant France. It is hard cover and has a beautifully illustrated dustcover and pretty drawings and paintings of buildings in fin de siecle France.
If you appreciate Henry James you will find it delightful both physically and 'literarily'.

The only thing is, it took its time getting through the mail to me. i had begun to despair.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Take an architectural tour in 19th c France with a literary phenom 21 janvier 2013
Par Brenda C Dailey - Publié sur
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Planning a trip to France's countryside? This is a must read for one who enjoys taking your time strolling the grounds and interiors of some of France's most lovely cathedrals, chateaux, etc. With lots of history thrown in, Henry James works his dreamy magic on the senses. And it's free.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Meh 12 mai 2011
Par John the Reader - Publié sur
Meh - Abandoned. Invented this new TAG for my cataloguing, and as it is rare for me not to finish a book, I doubt it will get much future use. But regretfully, with this work the game, as they say, was not worth the candle. I am tempted to leave my review at just that quite explicit Meh, but no, this is the great Master himself, James, of The Turn of the Screw author, with over 34,700 LibraryThing members owning his works, who is an author worthy of at least an honest attempt at reading.

One reviewer, Author Mary Ann Hoberman of the New York Times writes that she and her husband `recently' - actually 1983 or so - toured France using this work as a guide book. I suppose if you are not already a Francophile, and intend to spend half of your touring vacation in Tours and its immediate region (as half the book does) and LOVE cathedrals and castles; it could be a valid guide.

James writes that "Paris is not France" in his introduction, explaining that he feels many Americans think that it is. After his `Little tour of France" he concludes:" Neither is France Paris". Okaay ... neither is a continuously repetitious listing of campaniles, naves, transcripts are other architectural components a view of France. It is not that the author's style is particularly dated; I enjoy RL Stevenson, Sam Clemens and about thirty other authors from the same period. Nor that the tour is conducted at a crawl dictated by the transport of the 1880s - in fact RLS Travels with a Donkey, or say Twain's tours are even more perambulatory. It is just I had higher hopes, always thirsting for good travel narratives now that my favorites - Raban, Theroux, Morris et al- seem to have quasi-retired from the genre.

So - just disappointment from a reader's unreasonable expectations then? But this is Henry James, the great master...
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Terrible typography 12 janvier 2011
Par Jim B - Publié sur
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Henry James wrote a lovely book, but the typography in this edition is amazingly poor. There are unneeded hyphenations, misspelled words and other oddities, as if it had been transcribed by a non-English-speaker. I haven't read other editions, but I find it hard to believe that James intended it this way.
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