The Death of the Heart

The Death of the Heart

Book - 1962
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Publisher: Toronto : Penguin, 1962, c1938
ISBN: 9780140183009
0140183000
Characteristics: 318 p

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Manateestarz Jun 02, 2016

Well, I finished it.
I think any fan of Downtown Abbey would do well to read this book. For one thing you learn more about the upper classes in England and their language. You realize how much speech has changed since the 1930's. If the characters in Downton Abbey really talked the way these characters do instead of introducing anachronisms like,"he wears many hats" and "learning curve",viewers would be lost.

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uncommonreader
Sep 12, 2013

This novel tells the story of 16 year old Portia, recently orphaned, who moves from the Continent to London to live with her half-brother and his wife. She falls "in love" with an empty 23 year old and come to feel betrayed by all adults. Her fate is left unclear. Bowen cracks the veneer of upper middle class English life and its illusions. A classic of its kind.

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lisahiggs
Jun 03, 2013

This is the kind of book I’m supposed to be getting more out of as I work on becoming more well-read. But I just didn’t get anything out of this, not even a good review. This is supposed to be a classic, or at least an important, book from the 1930s, but it just made me drowsy and dopey plodding through it and it was hard to pick up on the subtleties going on. And in 1930s British parlour rooms, it’s all about subtleties.

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lisahiggs
Jun 03, 2013

Having put his glass down on the carpet, Thomas boldly swung his legs up on to the bed and stretched out on [Anna's] immaculate quilt. “I don’t think that bath has done you much good. Why can’t you just dress and why can’t I just lie here? We don’t have to keep on saying anything. However much of a monster you may be, I feel more natural with you than I feel with more natural people – if there are such things.”

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lisahiggs
Jun 03, 2013

"I suppose you do know that that ruins my quilt?”

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