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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Books: Eva Trout by Elizabeth Bowen


Elizabeth Bowen, distinguished, celebrated, gifted, is a novelist perhaps now out of fashion?  I started to read ‘Eva Trout’ [published in 1969] and found the style and punctuation, almost archaic, but I was drawn into a remarkably crafted story with characters emerging and revealing themselves as the story unravels, culminating in a party on a platform at Victoria Station to wish newly-weds well before they depart on a luxury train – how times have changed! 

There is an excellent account of her life Elizabeth Bowen: Portrait of a Writer’ by the renowned and acclaimed Victoria Glendinning, also the biographer of ‘Trollope—great—‘Rebecca West: A Life’ and ‘Leonard Woolf’, etc. No-one does it better!

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