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The Death of the Heart
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on October 15, 2014
I have awarded three stars for this book by Elizabeth Bowen, but at the same time I was torn and can quite understand other reviewers being more generous.
It is essentially a character study therefore rather slow paced and so very, very descriptive.
The book struck me as rather strange. The characters are all quirky to one degree or another and the writing style is puzzling at times.
I think The Death of the Heart was published in 1939 when Elizabeth Bowen was around forty. This might explain why at times it reads as rather staid and proper and at others thoroughly modern. Was Elizabeth trying to emulate the times but still bogged down in the rather frowsty atmosphere of early twentieth century England. I couldn't help thinking I was reading a play with the rather stilted prose.
Having said all that, I don't want to be totally negative about this book. I CAN see where the writer was heading and what she was trying to say about poor, dull, unfortunate Portia but I think I prefer the more realistic modern day writer these days.
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3 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2000
I found this book very difficult to read in that I felt horrible for the character Portia. How foolish can a sensible person be? Having said that, it means that the book was written in a way to hold my interest.
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6 of 41 people found the following review helpful
It is a good book,but I found it depressing...
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