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The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
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Apr 26, 2012

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Hard to like this philosophical novel of mean upper class Brits in 1930's London. The characters talk and talk and certainly accomplish very little. There are observant and often brilliant moments that will linger, but the difficult- to- like characters weighed it down. I didn't feel the 16 year orphan, living with a half brother (and his wife) who resented her presence, was believable. Could she be that naive? I felt the presence of Henry James, some Iris Murdoch and a lot of Ivy-Compton Burdett. Could I recommend it? With reservations.

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