Well-written and witty. What I most enjoyed was the portraits of two women in 1920s London. One was independent and self-possessed but nevertheless, was destroyed by a self-absorbed and selfish man.
As I would expect from Elizabeth Bowen, a very powerfully interesting novel. She seems to me a master not merely of setting the scene and catching aspects like a master sketch artist (something that also awed me about James Joyce - which gives an idea of the esteem in which I hold her) but of having stories in which far more is implied and suggested than one might think possible for the size (relatively short) of the work.
Of course, tastes vary as well as what kind of novel we are looking for at a given time.
I should remark that years ago when I first read the book I was discouraged by how the characters and their situation hit me in the first pages and my negative reaction kept me from really 'experiencing' the book as I read it. This time it hit me very very differently and I realised that it is not the characters in themselves but what might be called the 'energy' of kinds of confusion and interactions revealed that are fascinating, especially as revealed by one of the greatest of modern writers..
Tried a couple of chapters. Outdated style and I could not even begin to care for either of the two key characters. Did not finish.
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