Foreign Bodies

Foreign Bodies

Book - 2010
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Presents a retelling of Henry James's "The Ambassadors" that follows the efforts of divorced schoolteacher Bea Nightingale to navigate a turbulent year spent with her estranged brother's family.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
ISBN: 9780547435572
Branch Call Number: Fiction Ozick
Characteristics: 255 p. ; 24 cm


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A retelling of the Ambassadors by Henry James. As an intellectual challenge for the writer, it probably worked but the characters didn't feel fully realized and I couldn't care about them.

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Feb 02, 2015

ditto "uncommonreader"
Would not read again. Almost boring.

Jun 20, 2014

It was a clever idea for this Henry James scholar to use "The Ambassadors" as the framework for her novel. However, Ozick's 1950s seemed too modern in sensibility and the story became tedious because she could not sustain interest in the characters or their fates. Disappointing.

patienceandfortitude Jul 06, 2012

I highly recommend this book. I found it both very interesting and very well written. I look forward to discussing it at our next book club meeting, to get other people's thoughts about what it all means.

Jun 29, 2012

Ozick's reimagining of Henry James's The Ambassadors could have been titled, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished. Set in 1950s America and Europe, the story follows a sister sent to Europe by her overbearing brother to find and return with his wayward son. Though the characters were somewhat unsympathetic and the writing uneven, I was still drawn into the narrative.

DJK May 22, 2012

Short-listed for Booker and finalist for Orange

May 10, 2012

Shortlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize. Author created some very memorable characters, I just didn't enjoy it very much.

Apr 28, 2012

Shortlisted for the 2012 Orange fiction prize.

debwalker Dec 08, 2010

Included in the White House Library presented to President Obama on January 20, 2011, by the American Booksellers Association.

A taut retelling of “The Ambassadors.”


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