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The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
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May 10, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction
Read in May, 2012

Others have commented on the great writing, but I couldn't find it in this slow moving plot.

It is the story of a sweet girl bristling with feelings and perceptions who falls victim to a heartless society when her parents die and she is forced to live with a much older brother and his wife, each a self-centered character with no concern for their charge.

The reader sees in way too much detail the anguish of the betrayals and the death of Portia's innocence and trust so much so that she falls victim to the first person to show her even a little interest.

Following the classic coming-of-age story, Bowen attempts to examine 1930s London. But with such shallow characters and little action, I can't find anything to recommend.

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