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Commonplace Book (June 18th, 2017)

“Big drops hung on the bushes and just did not fall; the silvery, fluffy toi-toi was limp on its long stalks, and all the marigolds and the pinks in the bungalow gardens were bowed to the earth with wetness. 279 more words

At The Bay

Reading Short Stories

I love short stories. I always have, so I don’t understand why collections are deemed not to sell well. I buy them.

Short stories are glimpses into worlds. 306 more words


#100WomenNovelists of the 20th Century: Elizabeth Bowen

Blog Post 8: The Heat of the Day (1948)

That Sunday, from six o’clock in the evening, it was a Viennese orchestra that played. The season was late for an outdoor concert; already leaves were drifting on to the grass stage – here and there one turned over, crepitating as though in the act of dying, and during the music some more fell.

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100 Women Novelists Of The 20th Century


Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen was born on Wednesday, June 7th, 1899 and died on Thursday, February 22nd, 1973 at the age of 73.


The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen

Bowen writes of orphaned Portia who goes to live in London with her stepbrother and his wife. Both are wealthy and emotionally unavailable. Portia sets her sights on Eddie, a rough-around-the-edges player who manages to dazzle her because of her youth. 45 more words


The terror strange children feel

“I don’t see what you mean,” said Henrietta, distracted— in fact in a quite new kind of pain. She saw only too well that this inquisition had no bearing on at all, that Leopold was not even interested in hurting, and was only tweaking her petals off or her wings off with the intention of exploring himself.

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You can't make someone love you, and other life lessons in The Death of the Heart

This week’s blog post is about The Death of the Heart, a novel by Elizabeth Bowen. I talked about her before in my first blog post… 538 more words

Irish Literature