Pdf/E–book (The Hothouse by the East River)


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  • The Hothouse by the East River
  • Muriel Spark
  • English
  • 13 May 2020
  • 9780140040029

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The Hothouse by the East River Summary Ø 108 Another shadow hers It falls behind herBehind her and cast by what light She is casting a shadow in the wrong direction There's no light shining upon her from the east window it comes from the west window What is she looking atSo the scene is set for perhaps the most enchanted of all voyages to. My thanks to NetGalley and Open Road for an eARC copy of this book to read and reviewThe blurb hooked meIn 1970s New York Paul and Elsa are like many other well off middle aged couples worrying over their apartment and psychoanalyst bills by day and meeting friends at restaurants by night But this is not an ordinary couple with ordinary neuroses as becomes clear when Paul convinces himself that Elsa s shadow always points in the wrong direction As Paul and Elsa s involvement in World War II espionage begins to surface the glitz and glamor of their lives is revealed to be nothing than illusionThe shadow pointing in the wrong direction SHOULD have tipped me off that this is both surreal and has an unreliable narrator however I missed that part of the blurb I do not care for surreal or unreliable narration and this book has book NOT the book it is completely me as I know others enjoy those things If you are one of those people you will like this book I do not so did not enjoy it I got to page 21 then decided to skip to the back to see if it cleared things up or not It did not I read the reviews of others and got some spoilers Not a spoiler but things don t tie together until about 85 95% of the way into the book That is too long for me and the twist wasn t worth it for me to read the entire thing Again not my kind of book but if this is your thing then I recommend it If it s not your type of book I recommend avoiding it One star because I didn t like it at all This book has the dubious honor of being my first DNF of 2017

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The Hothouse by the East River Summary Ø 108 Which Mrs Spark has invited her readers On a round trip from present day life in New York to war time Intelligence work in England in 1944 and back again the story gathers in characters who could only have been created by the author of Memento Mori The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Comforters. THE HOTHOUSE BY THE EAST RIVER BY MURIEL SPARKI enjoyed this novel HauntingThank you to Net Galley Muriel Spark and the publisher for providing me with my digital copy for a fair and honest review

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The Hothouse by the East River Summary Ø 108 He is standing in the middle of the room She is sitting by the window staring out over the East River The late sunlight from the opposite window touches her shoulders and hair it casts the shadow of palm leaves across the carpet over her arm The chair she sits in casts a shadow before herThere is. I ve never read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie but the novels I have read by Muriel Spark have been distinctly odd and this is no exception It is uite a curiosity Paul and Elsa are married and living in a New York apartment facing the East River it is the early 1970s Elsa has some form of mental illness and spends much of her time looking out of the window at the river Her shadow falls the opposite way to everyone else s She has an analyst of course and the couple have two grown up children and are in their 50s They met during the war when they worked for some secret military intelligence organisation in England A saleman in a local shoeshop appears to be the image of a German prisoner they had contact with in the war only he hasn t aged but he also died in prison Other characters begin to turn up who were also with the couple during the war The evidence builds towards an obvious conclusion with some not unexpected twists It reminded me a little of No Exit by Sartre and there are clues along the way Princess Xavier breeds silworms and keeps the mulberry leaves and silkworm eggs under her bosoms to keep them warm They hatch during a meal and terrify Elsa s analyst as the worms crawl out of her bosomThere may be links to Spark s own life as she also worked for the sort of organisation portrayed in the book and she also had mental health problems of her ownThe plot is uite claustrophobic apart from a bizarre foray to Switzerland and it could easily be a satire on modern urban life a ghost story an analysis of the effects of war in later life or a touch of the absurdist Possibly something of them all Nevertheless it was an odd and enjoyable novella


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    Read & Download The Hothouse by the East River Pdf/E–book (The Hothouse by the East River) My thanks to NetGalley and Open Road for an eARC copy of this book to read and reviewThe blurb hooked meIn 1970s New York Paul and Elsa are like many other well off middle aged couples worrying over their apartment and psychoanalyst bills by day and meeting friends at restaurants by night But this is not an ordinary couple with ordinary neuroses as becomes clear when Paul convinces himself that Elsa’s shadow always po

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    Pdf/E–book (The Hothouse by the East River) The Hothouse by the East River is a strange little novel at once oddly unsettling and other worldly Written in the present tense – a style Muriel Spark had already employed to great effect in The Driver’s Seat lending her story an immediacy that works well hereAs with that earlier novel The Girls of Slender Means here Spark co

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    Pdf/E–book (The Hothouse by the East River) THE HOTHOUSE BY THE EAST RIVER BY MURIEL SPARKI enjoyed this novel HauntingThank you to Net Galley Muriel Spark and the publisher for providing me with my digital copy for a fair and honest review

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    Pdf/E–book (The Hothouse by the East River) Paul and Elsa form a middle aged married couple who live unhappily together in Manhattan This is the 1970’s and their aging apartment overloo

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    Pdf/E–book (The Hothouse by the East River) Packed into the pages of this short novella are two worlds One in present day New York City and one many years earlier during the second world war The first clue that something isn’t right is a certain shadow that falls th

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