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The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
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Mar 16, 12

bookshelves: realism
Read from October 04, 2011 to March 16, 2012

Poor Portia. Poor everyone.

In real life I'm rarely this sympathetic to horrible people. Maybe I should be.
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Reading Progress

10/04/2011 page 89
21.0% "No, Anna! Don't let this poisonous parasite back into your life!"
10/04/2011 page 99
24.0% ""You'll forget when you've got more to remember.""
10/04/2011 page 115
28.0% "Sudden switch to 1st person plural. We "feeling people""
10/05/2011 page 130
31.0% "Don't these people ever talk about anything but themselves?"
03/12/2012 page 133
32.0% "The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet--when they do meet, their victims lie strewn all around."
03/15/2012 page 158
38.0% "Unwritten poetry twists the hearts of people in their thirties."
03/15/2012 page 179
43.0% "Habit is not mere subjugation, it is a tender tie; when one remembers habit it seems to have been happiness." 3 comments
03/16/2012 page 417
100.0% "It ends with Matchett's internal monologue?! What?!"

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Stephanie Sun You're one of the few GRers who's read this! Just started it last weekend.

"It ends with Matchett's internal monologue?! What?!"

Finding out this kind of thing is why I skip to the end of books. Now I'm reading a scene with Portia and Matchett, and know the book is secretly about Matchett.


Miriam A lot of my gr friends have read it, but I think a couple of us foisted it upon the others.

This is my favorite of the Bowen novels I've read so far.


Stephanie Sun Miriam wrote: "A lot of my gr friends have read it, but I think a couple of us foisted it upon the others.

This is my favorite of the Bowen novels I've read so far."


Okay, cool. I'll check out more of the reviews once I've finished.


message 4: by jo (new) - added it

jo so, is this just plain meanness, or is there some of the milk of human kindness peaking through?


Miriam The narrative/authorial voice is not mean.


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jo thank you miriam.


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jo this is extremely kind, thank you!


Miriam No problem!


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