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The Beautiful Visit

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  8 reviews

On the eve of an unusual voyage, a young woman reviews her life. Her story begins with a 'beautiful visit' to friends in the country which serves as an awakening experience. What follows is an account of her struggle to retain the mood of her visit.

Paperback, 365 pages
Published July 2nd 1993 by Pan (first published July 29th 1976)
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Esdaile
As I started this novel I was thinking of awarding it just two stars, which changed to three and finally here are four. The strength is the overwhelming acuteness and vividness of observation. There is no hesitation or distraction here. Everything strikes the reader as being "entirely as it must have been". All writing is biographical to a greater or lesser extent, this very much to a greater extent, but the force of the narrative does not let up as so many biographical accounts may be expected ...more
Lizzie
She died recently; I read her Cazalet Chronicles a few years ago and loved them, and didn't realize till I read the obits that there's a new book in the series. I'd had this one, unread, so it appealed. It's her first book, a memoir by a young girl in the years before and after World War I. I liked it a lot; she's good at describing thought processes and feelings. Framing the story is a visit she makes to some happy and glamorous cousins, which makes her question her own life and seek more, and ...more
Kirsty
I was disappointed with this book. I just got a bit fed up with the main character I think. And I've completely forgotten her name, so clearly she made a huge impression on me!

I loved Howard's books about the Cazelets - she writes so beautifully and with such fluidity - but I just didn't care much about this person. Or any of the other's for that matter. The main character reminded me a little of Bella in Twilight actually. Which I realise is a scandalous comparison! It was just the way she obs
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Edna
Some wonderful descriptions. Rather old fashioned and charming. I liked.
Jane
it's lovely to read the first book of a writer who grows up to be so great. all the greatness is hidden in among the kinds of ridiculous ploys a crummy writer (like, say, me) would use. you just want to rumple the author's cute little head.
Lwg
I really didn't know what to make of this. I usually love novels about the early development of a woman writer, but although I kept reading this one and didn't get bored, I just found the main character to be pretty tedious
Becky
What can I say about Elizabeth Jane Howard. She's a great writer.
Camille Cusumano
This is a writer's and avid reader's Jane Eyre.
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Elizabeth Jane Howard, CBE, was an English novelist. She was an actress and a model before becoming a novelist. In 1951, she won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for her first novel, The Beautiful Visit. Six further novels followed, before she embarked on her best known work, a four novel family saga (i.e., The Cazalet Chronicles) set in wartime Britain. The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, and ...more
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