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free read ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB í Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen í 6 summary free download The House in Paris Secrets that have the potential to topple a marriage and redeem the life of a peculiar young boy By the time Henrietta leaves the house that evening she is in possession of the kind of grave knowledge that is usually reserved only for adul. When I started this book I wondered if I would make it to the end Everything seemed disjointed No one spoke or acted as real people spoke or acted at least not as I ve experienced them The children weren t really children the adultsnot sure what they wereThen I came to the middle section labeled The Past This section opened the book up for me making the characters real illuminating the author s choices for me even for the strange dialogue and monologue choices Everything else seemed to flow then Evil people were still evil weak were still weak foolish still foolish but now I could see sense in the arc of the novel Reality didn t exist until after that middle section had been explained in my Paris world view Then there could be closure of sortsSo I will not give spoilers for the plotthe major points are there in the GR description This is not a book for everyone as plot is not going to carry the reader along There is a lot of talk So be ready for patient reading35 to 375 rounded to 4

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free read ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB í Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen í 6 summary free download The House in Paris At the Fishers’ well appointed house in Paris she is prepared to spend her day between trains looked after by an old friend of her grandmother’s Little does Henrietta know what fascinations the Fisher house itself contains–along with. Elegant and Melodramatic This is both a very elegant and a very melodramatic novel A S Byatt has it right but her introduction from which this comes should absolutely not be read before the book itself More a personal account of her own various experiences with the novel than an aid for the first time reader it manages to give away every important surprise But elegant and melodramatic yes This was my return also to a novel which I first read in 2005 and this time I skipped straight to the first chapter To be softly seduced by Bowen s elegance which I can t remember noticing before Then drawn into the passionate but off kilter romance of the middle section Then knocked for a loop by what I was glad to see Byatt nail as melodrama when I finally read her so called introduction as a retrospective guideElegance first starting with the novel s structure It is in three sections called respectively The Present The Past and The Present Henrietta Mountjoy a young girl of eleven or so is looked after by some friends of her grandmother s the Fishers while passing through Paris on the way to the Riviera As things turn out she does not leave the uiet house of the old lady and her daughter until it is time for her evening train But she does meet there a boy of about her own age L opold who has come to Paris to meet his birth mother for the first time The middle section will reveal who L opold is and explain some of curious tensions that seem to revolve around his presence The fact that these mysteries are observed by a sensitive but innocent girl with no possible understanding of adult sexuality provides a teasingly obliue perspective which is surely a large part of the elegance Byatt compares Henrietta favorably to the title character in Henry James What Maisie Knew but then I love Maisie and am not prepared to exalt one little girl over the otherAlso elegant exuisitely so is Bowen s prose and social observation This is a book that waits a long time before things begin to happen But you do not mind because there is such pleasure in reading Bowen s descriptions that it seems almost a shame to replace their infinite potential by mere action Here are three examples all from the second part whose heroine is a young woman called Karen Michaelis How beautifully Bowen captures the moneyed liberalism of her parents Her parents saw little reason to renew their ideas which had lately been ahead of their time and were still not out of date Early in the section Karen goes to visit an aunt in Ireland only to come to the gradual realization that she is terminally ill Here Bowen s use of offstage music is a foreshadowing of what she would later do in To the North Up there in the drawing room Aunt Violet began playing Schubert notes came stepping lightly onto the moment in which Karen realized she was going to die Phrases of music formed and hung in the garden where violently green young branches flamed in the spring dusk A hurt earthly smell rose from the piteous roots of the daisies and those small wounds in the turf that her uncle not speaking kept pressing at with his toe Down there below the terrace the harbour locked in green headlands lay glassy under the cold sky No one familiar in Karen s life had died yet the scene round her looked at once momentous and ghostly as in that light that sometimes comes before storms And here is Bowen s penetrating analysis of first love a little tongue in cheek but still penetrating She thought young girls like the excess of any uality Without knowing they want to suffer to suffer they must exaggerate they like to have loud chords struck on them Loving art better than life they need men to be actors only an actor moves them with his telling smile undomestic out of touch with the everyday that they dread They love to enjoy love as a system of doubts and shocks They are right not seeking husbands yet they have no reason to see love socially This natural fleshly protest against good taste is broken down soon enough their natural love of the cad is outwitted by their mothers The long middle section of the book which could almost stand on its own as a separate novella shows Karen poised between the two kinds of love the doubts and shocks of the first and the social propriety of the second So long as Bowen maintains the suspense her control is perfect But now well past the midpoint of the novel she is split between two not entirely compatible directions One is action the other perhaps as the result of action is self examination In the techniues she uses for the latter you are suddenly aware of her debt to Virginia Woolf but I don t think she entirely succeeds in her own terms there is an artifice that fits ill with the modulated naturalism of the rest of the book And in this context the startling bits of action I am thinking especially of L opold s father do indeed seem in Byatt s word melodramatic I found myself thinking of her most obvious successor Anita Brookner who writes about many of the same subjects and settings with perhaps less flair but even greater economy of action Brookner at her best is elegance personified perfect in her control of the emotional temperature But then by daring less than Bowen she also misses the chance of being a novelist of the very first rank which Elizabeth Bowen surely isI said that the section called The Past might almost stand on its own So why not let it do so The Paris house is not the locus of any of the real action but it does frame the narrative Karen s story means so much to us after the many hints sensed but never grasped by Henrietta and L opold in the first part And the long central section ends without all its issues being fully resolved The last 50 pages headed once again The Present cannot tie up all the loose ends the time gap between sections makes that impossible But there is a welcome hint of a resolution with L opold Meanwhile Henrietta takes her train to the South unchanged except for the seeds of adult knowledge now planted inside her So the book ends in ellipses the elegance in that is to treasure


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  • The House in Paris
  • Elizabeth Bowen
  • English
  • 20 June 2020
  • 9780385721257