Monday, May 14, 2007

Daisy Miller

I was not sure what to make of this short novella by Henry James, that Gina, Leslie's Fulbright colleague teaching at the University of Ouagadougou, assigns to her students. At surface level there is the relevant, for Burkina, theme of breaking with convention, and sudden death from malaria. The writing as normal with James flow beautifully. But I wondered whether there was something more, some deeper meaning or irony that I missed? SO why not consult Wikipedia? Nope, nothing there.

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