The Last September
ELIZABETH BOWEN (1899-1973), a central figure in London literary society, who counted among her friends Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene, is widely considered to be one of the most distinguished novelists of the modern era, combining psychological realism with an unparalleled gift for poetic impressionism. Born in Dublin in 1899,
What, Mariel? Sorry, my trains of thoughts are crashing. What?
Tell about the movie! Not yet-- okay, the movie is no good (nevermind that twenty year old me kinda liked it! Why are you admitting that? It isn't relevant to now!) because it evokes the feelings of rainy dinner party days and first horniness. Dinner parties like people ge...more
With the war between the Irish Republicans and the British Army escalating outside their gates, Sir Richard and Lady Myra Naylor's ordinary life continues inside Danielstown, their County Cork home. There are guest arrivals, tennis parties, army dances, and scheduled teas...more
Michael Gambon ... Sir Richard Naylor
Tom Hickey ... O'Brien
Keeley Hawes ... Lois Farquar
David Tennant ... Captain Gerald Colthurst
Richard Roxburgh ...Captain Daventry
Gary Lydon ... Peter Connolly
Maggie Smith ... Lady Myra Naylor
Summary - In 1920s Ireland, an elderly couple reside over a tired country estate. Living with them are their high-spirited niece, their Oxford student nephew, and married house guests, who are trying to cover up that they are presently homeless...more
Bowen born 1899, only child of Irish landowner, which is the setting of this book.
Bowen is fantastic at character sketches, dialog, subtle interactions between people [mostly wealthy ones who don't work for a living].
The book, at least for me, is more dated than I would like. Many turns of speech and references are ones that mean little to me, but must have been immediately recognizable and meaningful to readers at the time.
Interesting perspective on the "Irish Troubles" of 1920 --being the...more
Why this book? suggestion from Amazon
Which book format? packaged trade paperback
Primary reading environment? "the domestic landscape"
Any preconceived notions? "Can you draw?"
Identify most with? "my wretched virtue"
Three little words? "harnessing their waterfall"
Goes well with? I dunno; tea?
Recommend this to? "common little hell-cat"
It took me forever to read this. It was good, and really beautifully insightful at times. It was just boring.
I can't get worked u...more
It's a shame because she manages to evoke a clear sense of Ireland during this key period of turmoil (the troubles in 1920), and specifically how the Anglo-Irish aristocracy appear to have refused to accept that anything was wrong. This means the b...more
Overuse of adverbs and adjectives is a problem for me:
"'Aren't we dusty?'" she added as Lois said nothing. "'Aren't we too terribly dusty?'" (4)
"'And she would do nothing but say she was dusty, and of course she was dusty, so there w...more
Bowen's style is...more
The style is modernist because it includes detailed descriptions of what everyone is thinking, looking at, feeling and doing, including a lot of everyday trivial things. It is very well written, although like the teenage Lois, you can't help wishing something exciting would happen.
The members of the family and their friends very rarely say what they are thinking or feeling, at best they hint at it. This ma...more
The story of an English country house in the middle of Ireland at the start of "the troubles", is quite interesting. But the occupation of the British Army and the rise of the...more
I think part of what makes this book is the characters. I definitely laughed out loud a t several points throughout the book. It may seem like it would be hard to connect with t...more
I don't like that the cover showing up for this ISBN-13 is the movie tie-in, not the lovely painting of a lady that I actually have. Seriously, my cover copy is so much prettier.
Okay, this review is going to be short.
The Last September is about an Anglo-Irish land-owning family and their daily lives, set against the Irish unrest and turmoil.
While I found this book hard to get into (the writing can be quite dry at moments), I really enjoyed how Bowen seemed to lure me into a sle...more
Difficile nel ventunesimo secolo riuscire ad apprezzare a pieno un romanzo come L'ultimo settembre. Immersi nel ritmo frenetico della nostra società, guidati da scelte utilitaristiche, abituati ad andare dritti al punto, noi lettori di oggi possiamo sentirci dei disadattati tra le pagine della Bowen.
Speriamo da un momento all'altro che l'introduzione a quello che sarà il romanzo prima o poi termini per dare consistenza al romanzo vero e proprio, rendendoci conto fi...more
This book was slow-moving and ornate, neither of these traits necessarily a negative in my opinion. The novel is set in Ireland in the 1920s during "The Troubles" (a classic Irish understatement) betw...more
Some famous critic (Edward Said? Lionel Trilling? Somebody help me out here) remarked that the heroes and heroines in Austen's fiction are painstakingly indifferent to the world around them- it's all upper bourgeoise drawing rooms, garden pa...more
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