The Death of the Heart

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Vintage, 1998 - London (England) - 317 pages
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The Death of the Heart is perhaps Elizabeth Bowen's best-known book. As she deftly and delicately exposes the cruelty that lurks behind the polished surfaces of conventional society, Bowen reveals herself as a masterful novelist who combines a sense of humor with a devastating gift for divining human motivations.
In this piercing story of innocence betrayed set in the thirties, the orphaned Portia is stranded in the sophisticated and politely treacherous world of her wealthy half-brother's home in London.There she encounters the attractive, carefree cad Eddie. To him, Portia is at once child and woman, and her fears her gushing love. To her, Eddie is the only reaason to be alive. But when Eddie follows Portia to a sea-side resort, the flash of a cigarette lighter in a darkened cinema illuminates a stunning romantic betrayal--and sets in motion one of the most moving and desperate flights of the heart in modern literature.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Portia suffers for being socially inept and gets pushed and shuffled around by people who really anytime only seem to want to tolerate her [at best]. Bowen is at her best with the things she leaves out and that she makes the reader put in. Read full review

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User Review  - idiotgirl - LibraryThing

Didn't take the time to really concentrate on this book the way I should have. Bowen is always a favorite of mine. And my lack of engagement on this most recent read (actually a listen), I tend to chalk up to my inattention at the time. I need to return again to give the book it's due. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Elizabeth Bowen was born in Dublin in 1899, the only child of an Irish lawyer and land-owner. She travelled a great deal, dividing most of her time between London and Bowen's Court, the family house in County Cork which she inherited. Her first book, a collection of shorts stories, Encounters, was published in 1923. The Hotel (1926) was her first novel. She was awarded the CBE in 1948, and received honorary degrees from Trinity College, Dublin in 1949, and from Oxford University in 1956. The Royal Society of Literature made her a Companion of Literature in 1965. Elizabeth Bowen died in 1973.

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