Adapted by Graham White from the Henry James novel that centres on the predicament of Lambert Strether, a 50-something New Englander lately arrived in Paris. Henry Goodman stars as the hapless protagonist in a novel many critics find James' finest.
Episode 1: Strether has been sent to the city to persuade the fun-living son of his wealthy fiancée back home in Woolett to return home. But now Strether, too, falls under the spell of Paris.
Episode 2: Strether had hoped to persuade the fun-loving son of his wealthy fiancée to return home to New England. But now Strether has fallen under the spell of the beautiful Mme de Vionnet. More ambassadors are sent by the angry fiancée to bring both men home.
With a full cast. Directed by Peter Kavanagh.
Public Domain ©2013 AudioGO Ltd
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"A brief, charming encapsulation"
In this BBC radio play, we find Lambert Strether "on embassy" to Paris, where is has gone to retrieve his widowed finacee's son Chad. The family suspects Chad has become involved in a most unsuitable situation and they want him back in Massachusetts as soon as possible.
In a story by turns comical, romantic, and sad, Strether finds himself gradually transformed by his experiences abroad, and Chad's true character comes as something of a surprise.
The cast is good, but there are inevitably a few brief moments of unintentional hilarity that ensue when British actors try to emulate American and French accents. Still, that's all part of the fun.
I've been meaning to read THE AMBASSADORS for years. I love James, but he's never easy, and this particularly complex masterpiece is some 450 pages long! One day, I shall read that great doorstop of a book. Until then, I'm happy to have listened to the radio play, and hope you'll find it entertaining, too.
"Entertaining way to hear a challenging story"
Loved it - actors, production sound effects, story (cut) dramatization. I'd love to have more of James in this format.
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