To the North

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Knopf, 1933 - London (England) - 306 pages
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An unlikely, but irresistible, love affair provides the framework for this absorbing novel of passion and solitude. Quiet, aloof and consciously solitary, Emmeline is unprepared for the violence of her attraction to Markie; but once she has succumbed to it, she far surpasses him in the depth and generosity of her surrender. The affairs of Cecilia, Emmeline's vivacious and gregarious sister-in-law, provide a sparkling counterpoint to Miss Bowen's main theme. There is also the girls' worrisome aunt, Lady Waters, a character Evelyn Waugh would be proud to claim, who "enlarged her own life into ripples of apprehension on everybody's behalf." Cool, clear, and wonderfully witty, To the North nonetheless combines passion and perception in the unique manner familiar to admirers of The Death of the Heart and The Heat of the Day.

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User Review  - kasia - Goodreads

I probably would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the ending, which I hated. Was it a cliché at the time, I wonder, or is she part of the process of making it one? I don't know, but I don't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jesi - Goodreads

This might be the best book I've read all year. It is a crying shame that Elizabeth Bowen is not more widely read, and I'm 100% ready to take up her literary apostleship. If you like Woolf, you will ... Read full review


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