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To the North free read æ 109 Î A young woman’s secret love affair leads to a violent and tragic act in one of Elizabeth Bowen’s most acclaimed novels To the North centers on two young women in 1920s London the recently widowed Cecilia Summers and her late husband's sister Emmeline Drawn to each other in the wake of their loss the two set up house tA young woman’s secret love affair leads to a violent and tragic act in one of Elizabeth Bowen’s most acclaimed novels To the North centers on two young women in 1920s London the recently widowed Cecilia Summers and her late husband's sister Emmeline Drawn to each other in the wake of their loss th. This is very much Elizabeth Bowen finding her voice and feet as a novelist In her first novel The Hotel she pilfered and employed far less successfully the multiple perspective Virginia Woolf deploys in the second half of The Voyage Out The identity of Woolf's heroine is thus composed of what various people think about her which was Woolf's way of exploring the bottomless mystery of identity Needless to say Bowen's heroine is far less interesting than Woolf's so as a techniue with Bowen it doesn't cut much ice To the North shares the same fidgety perspective except unlike with The Voyage Out there's no real purpose to it It's like for the time being the only way she knew how to construct a novel was to flit from one perspective to another without having full command of motive The narrative keeps losing focus like someone who begins talking without uite knowing what she is going to say Not surprisingly the uality of the prose also declines when she's busying herself with characters who have little dramatic purpose The main characters here are all rough hewn prototypes of characters Bowen was to create with far power artistry and lucidity further down the line the innocent waif sowing discord the charming rake who knows no loyalty the world weary social butterfly the interfering sexless older woman the benign old gent who exudes the comfort of a hot water bottle In short there's a lot of brilliant writing but there's also some overwrought rather vacuous digressions Better than The Hotel but falls short of her best work But then she was only thirty two when she wrote it It's got an average rating here of 369 which I'd say is pretty spot on

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E two set up house together and gradually become entwined than they know But the comfortable refuge they have made is a house built on sand; both realize it cannot last While Cecilia capricious and unsure if she can really love anyone moves reluctantly toward a second marriage Emmeline a gentle and ind. I've been diving pretty deep into science fiction and fantasy the last little while and so reading To the North was a little like exercising unused muscles not genre not recent mainstream fiction something a little older and differently paced with nothing of the fantastic about it It's a welcome break and a needed reminder of what books outside my favourite genres are which is why I always try to keep a couple of classicsessential book lists on my radarNote The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

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To the NorthEpendent soul is surprised to find the calm tenor of her life disturbed for the first time by her attraction to the predatory Mark Linkwater Bowen’s psychological acuity is on full display in a conclusion that plumbs the depths of this seemingly detached young woman in a single life shattering moment. I probably would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the ending which I hated Was it a cliché at the time I wonder or is she part of the process of making it one I don't know but I don't like it To the North is essentially a pair of love stories; that of two women Emmeline and Cecilia and their respective partners The ups and downs of their interactions are not at all like those of typical love stories and it's ultimately very hard to say whether the phenomenon described is love or whether the relationships are successful or even what is really happening at all The you think about it the murkier it seems which is I think rather brilliant I liked the book mainly because I found Emmeline strangely riveting Ready to listen but astonishingly unresponsive in love maybe but uncommitted abstract but somehow real she's just a really interesting character study And there's the language Bowen's prose is basically perfect as far as I'm concerned She gazed at Julian wishing he were a clock It's an absolute delight I reread the few paragraphs about a bus on pg 46 three or four times just reveling in how fantastically written they are