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The Death of the Heart ()

Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century (84)


Top 100?

Portia is an orphaned 16 year old girl sent to live with her half-brother and his wife.  They aren't very nice to Portia.  She "falls in love" with a friend of her brother's wife.  He rejects her.  It turns out the wife has been reading Portia's diary.  Portia throws herself at another friend of the family.  He too
rejects her.  Everyone realizes they've been buzzardly.

Whoopty flippin' doo...

This is supposed to be a poignant portrait of a young girl coming of age; read To Kill a Mockingbird instead.


Grade: (D)


Elizabeth Bowen Links:

    -WIKIPEDIA: Elizabeth Bowen
    -ESSAY: The Shadowy Third: The adulterous affair that inspired Elizabeth Bowen: A trove of letters reveals a literary love triangle with the Anglo-Irish author at its heart (Rupert Christiansen, March 06 2021, Irish Times)

Book-related and General Links:
    -REVIEW: of The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen The Power of the Unstated (Patricia Craig, NY Review of Books)