The Death of the Heart
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I love this book intensely as if it has some kind of gravitational pull or hold on me that reminds me of it during times of feeling what I cannot put name to. Frame of reference stuff. I found that I love it more as time passes and the life it still lives in my mind takes its place beside some of the most important moments I've had (um or something I've just made...more
This book demonstrates how a predatory man will tell you, and tell you, and tell you that he's predatory...and how a lonely, young girl will refuse to see it. It demonstrates how a jaded, older woman can resent a young girl's innocence with inexplicable venom. Bowen shows all this and more with beauty, wit, and grace. Her book is about innocence, corrupted. But Bowen, herself, i...more
Keep Your Diary Safe
The Death of the Heart is a novel about the almost year-long stay of a recently orphaned child in the pre-war London. Portia, sixteen years old, lives for the first time in the household of Thomas Quayne, her half-brother, and Anna Quayne, her half-brother's wife. During her stay with these family members whom she barely knows, she meets and falls in love with Eddie, a fledgling writer who is notoriously known for his Bohemian lifestyle and w...more
I rather liked Portia. She wasn't obnoxiously pathetic as I thought she would be. She wasn't when she was away from Eddie, that is. Par...more
The themes of this novel are betrayal and innocence. As Yardley points out, the author believed that innocence must “be vanquished by experience.”
I would just add an observation about the communication styles displayed in this coming-of-age novel set in British upper and middle-class society prior to World...more
The Death of the Heart is perhaps Elizabeth Bowen's best-known book. As she deftly and delicately exposes the cruelty that lurks behind the polished surfaces of conventional society, Bowen reveals herself as a masterful novelist who combines a sense of humor with a devastating gift for divining human motivations.
In this piercing story of innocence betrayed set in the thirties, the orphaned Portia is stranded in the sophisticated and politely treacherous world of her wealthy half-brother's home
From his review:"Bowen returned to these themes over and...more
This novel somehow represents the life cycle of a flower, and to me, it is just as much about the 30 year old Anna, as it is about the 16 year...more
Portia is, the over wrote, obvious awkward teenager and ends up falling in love with Anna's friend Eddie. Eddie being stup...more
Elizabeth Bowen is absolutely brilliant at completely capturing the world that she is writing about. Emotionally cold upper class people in a large, virtually empty London house. Laced with secrets and adolescent awkwardness, the bitterness of teenage betrayal, Th...more
I'm loving this already, despite it's slightly s...more
The story covers a period of some six months in which a newly orphaned 16 year old comes to live with her half brother and his wife. There she keeps a diary, becomes infatuated with another slightly older but still youngish lad, finds he is not quite the boy she had hoped or imagined and gets a bit upset.
Not much more happens then this really and yet i find myself giving it four stars, encouraging you to read it an...more
The story also focuses on Anna who married Portia's brother, Thomas, on the reboun...more
A young little lassie is suddenly orphaned and sent to live with the half-brother, Thomas Quayne, whom she barely knows and his self-absorbed wife, Anna...more
As far as plot goes, although Thomas and Anna are her brother and sister-in-law it's hard not to think of them more as estranged father and (un...more
I had a much better and detailed review written, however my session timed out or something and it was lost, so I am too angry to write another one of similar quality!!!
1. There are several sentences with a recurring and pointless structure. For example: "But only when they were NOT out she did NOT c...more
I forget what made me origina...more