This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: Elizabeth Bowen's most famous novel, THE DEATH OF THE HEART is a piercing story of innocence betrayed. The heroine is Portia, the product of a blithe, itinerant childhood in second-rate European hotels. Her parents dead, she is stranded in the sophisticated and politely treacherous world of her wealthy half-brother's home in London in the thirties. There she meets Eddie, who is handsome, brash, and charming. To Eddie, Portia is at once child and woman, and he fears her gushing love. To Portia, Eddie is the only reason to be alive. But when Eddie follows Portia to a seaside 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.As she deftly and delicately exposes the cruelty that lurks behind the polished surfaces of conventional society, Elizabeth Bowen reveals herself as a masterful novelist -- one who combines a sense of humor with a devastating gift for divining human motivations. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: It is London in the late 1930s, and into a coterie of rather grand early-middle-aged people the sixteen-year-old orphan Portia is plunged beyond her depth. Disconcertingly vulnerable, Portia is manifestly trying to understand what is going on around her and looking for something that is not there. Evident victim, she is also an inadvertent victimiser - her impossible lovingness and austere trust being too much for her admirer Eddie, who is himself defensive and uncomfortable in this society which has managed to bring them together. In the midst of the rising tension is set perhaps Elizabeth Bowen's most brilliant piece of social comedy, when, at a seaside villa full of rollicking young people, Portia experiences at least temporary relief from the misery Eddie seems determined to bring her.
Rezension: Five words of advice on reading Elizabeth Bowen: Resist the urge to skim. In The Death of the Heart, Bowen's writing rolls ever onward, accruing the sensations and ironies of conscious living till the final effect is massive. This is not prose for people who like their fiction with a cool, Calvin Klein-like minimalism. Bowen's people are keenly aware, and she seems to catalogue every sweaty moment, every betraying glance. The reader must stay right there with her, because hidden among lengthy descriptions of sea air and drawing-room politics are pithy asides worthy of great humorists: "Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends." Skimmers miss out.
The Death of the Heart is Bowen's most perfectly made book. Portia, an orphan, comes to live in London with her half-brother, Thomas, and his wife, Anna. A child of sin raised in a series of shabby French hotels, Portia is possessed of a kind of terrible innocence. Like Chance the Gardener in pigtails, she literally can't comprehend evil or unkind motives. Unfortunately for her, she falls in with Anna's friend Eddie, who seems to be made entirely of bad motives. Though the plot follows Portia's relationship with Eddie, the novel's real tension lies between Portia and Anna, as the girl comes to grief against the shoals of Anna's glittering, urbane cynicism. But the book transcends the theme of innocence corrupted. As in Graham Greene's The Quiet American, Bowen inverts the formula to show the destructive power of innocence itself:
Innocence so constantly finds itself in a false position that inwardly innocent people learn to be disingenuous.... Incurable strangers to the world, they never cease to exact a heroic happiness. Their singleness, their ruthlessness, their one continuous wish makes them bound to be cruel, and to suffer cruelty. The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet--and when they do, their victims lie strewn all around.Bowen has a fine eye for such shadings of morality, but finer still is her understanding of the way humans bump up against the material world. Her writing on weather, both emotional and meteorological, compares with the best of Henry James: "One's first day by the sea, one's being feels salt, strong, resilient, and hollow--like a seaweed pod not giving under the heel."
Always a sensitive observer of the way we live, in her lesser books Bowen deals in mind games and then delivers trumped-up, bloody endings. In The Death of the Heart, she keeps all the action between her characters' ears, and comes up with one of the great midcentury psychological novels. --Claire Dederer
Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Good. Book Condition: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 97803944217284.0
Buchbeschreibung Knopf, 1985. Buchzustand: Good. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP74741464
Buchbeschreibung Knopf. Hardcover. Buchzustand: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2630808746
Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 97803944217283.0
Buchbeschreibung Knopf. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. 0394421728 Meets or exceeds the good condition guidelines. Nice copy. Gift inscription inside cover. Five star seller - Buy with confidence!. Buchnummer des Verkäufers Z0394421728Z3
Buchbeschreibung Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1978. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978. Hardcover. Original price intact. Book condition: Fine. DJ: Very Good+. DJ has light toning and a few slight edge bumps. States, "Twelfth printing, May 1978." A very strudy book with clean, unmarked pages. In Brodart archival cover. This book is a masterpiece, and a superb copy of it. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 001459
Buchbeschreibung Knopf, 1939. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Collectible: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. First American Edition. New York: Knopf, 1939. First American edition. Hardcover. 418 pp. Very good, in a very good unclipped jacket. Light edge wear and fading to the boards. Ink price on front free endpaper. Jacket has edge wear with several small chips and tears, including a two-inch closed tear on the front panel near the spine. Sunned at the spine with soil to the rear panel. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 033564