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Eva Trout 14-18 Feb 2014

I picked up this Elizabeth Bowen novel in the library because I loved her novel The House in Paris when I read it in my twenties.. Eva Trout started with the promise of equal reading satisfaction. There are hints in the first pages already of the unusual language structures that become more and more the style of the narrative as we progress into the body of the book. Not quite elaborate, not quite clumsy, more like hewn with great care out of a living wood. It’s not completely clear until the end of the sentence whether the artist had in mind a table or a canoe. Like Eva, who has learned to speak her English mother tongue from the succession of other language speakers her father hired to be responsible for her care, the language of the narrative does not follow the usual conventions.q

 

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