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The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen
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3.5 stars. An enjoyable, intriguing, vividly written, character based story set in London during World War II. Stella is in her mid to late 30s, single but going out with Robert who is about five years younger. Robert was injured in Dunkirk in 1940 and has a limp. Stella has a son, Roderick. Stella becomes acquainted with a man named Harrison who tells her Robert is a spy. It’s an interesting, slow paced read that provides an fascinating perspective on what it was like living in London during the war years.

Here is an example of her writing style:

‘Everything unfurl, artless, ardent, urgent about Louie was to the fore: all over herself she gave the impression of twisted stockings.’
“Overhead, an enemy plane had been dragging, drumming slowly round in the pool of night, drawing up bursts of gunfire - nosing, pausing, turning, fascinated to the point for its intent. The barrage banged, coughed, retched; in here the lights in the mirrors rocked.....’

In Boxall’s 1001 Books You Must Read before you die, 2006 edition, it lists six Elizabeth Bowen novels, including this one.
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Reading Progress

June 27, 2019 – Started Reading
June 27, 2019 – Shelved
June 27, 2019 – Shelved as: 1001-books-list-read-2006
June 28, 2019 –
page 100
24.1%
June 29, 2019 –
page 170
40.96%
June 30, 2019 –
page 212
51.08%
July 1, 2019 –
page 260
62.65%
July 2, 2019 – Finished Reading

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