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Gone in the blink of an eye: Elizabeth Bowen's contingent realism

I’m reading Elizabeth Bowen for the first time and finding it a slow-going but exhilarating experience – perhaps the closest comparison, in terms of necessary application to the page, is Javier Marías, someone else who won’t be rushed, whose paragraphs flow like dark syrup, not clear water. 999 more words


Book of the Week - Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen

This is one of the books that I have to do for one of my English modules this year. It’s set in wartime Britain, from about 1938 to 1942, and switches setting between Stella’s, the heroine, flat in London to an inherited home of her son Roderick’s in Ireland, called Mount Morris. 671 more words

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Thursday Book Review: The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen

“She posed as being more indolent than she felt, for fear of finding herself less able than she could wish.”

I’ll start this review by mentioning that I chose to write about this novel alongside Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs Dalloway’ for my second Modernism assignment last term, in which I concluded (over 2500 words) that both writers were rejecting the realist representation of the preceding period and concentrated on the fractured narrative akin to post-WW1 society. 232 more words

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Rediscovering Virginia Woolf at the NPG

- and also having a lovely day out in London!

Yes, I managed to escape for a day to the Big City and had a wonderful time taking in an exhibition, shopping and lunching. 1,411 more words