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One of Elizabeth Bowen’s most artful and psychologically acute novels The House in Paris is a timeless masterpiece of nuance and construction and represents the very best of Bowen’s celebrated work When eleven year old Henrietta arrives. Elizabeth Bowen is good with brackets The opening scene of one of her books can sometimes seem unrelated to what follows but when you read on an echo of the beginning often closes the story and you finally understand how neatly she has tied the many wide ranging episodes togetherIn this book there is not one but a series of bracketed episodes each opening further sections of back story Then she brings us back in stages to the beginning So neat Her Small-Town Hero year old Henrietta arrives. Elizabeth Bowen is good with brackets The opening scene of one of her books can sometimes seem unrelated to what follows but when Red Tail (Travis Trilogy you read on an echo of the beginning often closes the story and Promises in Tumble Creek you finally understand how neatly she has tied the many wide ranging episodes togetherIn this book there is not one but a series of bracketed episodes each opening further sections of back story Then she brings us back in stages to the beginning So neat

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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. I bought the 1940 s penguin edition of this book which is really appealing in its simplicity No gimmicks bells or whistles It has a minimalist post war cover and the most animated looking penguin logo ever In hindsight perhaps the austerity was a nod to the emotional austerity shielded between the cover Slightly less appealing is the back page with the author photograph While I have no doubt that Elizabeth Bowen was probably a delightful woman the photographer has managed to catch her in a pose which has left her looking like Aunt Sally from the Wurzel Gummidge TV series which was probably not the look she was going for I like to think she was aiming for worldly and erudite but falling wide of the markI chose the House in Paris from the 1001 books list based on the name alone as I knew nothing of the plot and being incredibly lazy did not bother to investigate prior to purchase About Paris hmmm sounds lovely It s not a lively book nor is it particularly romantic or evocative of any kind of Parisian joie de vivre and for the majority of the time I was reading I kept imagining all the characters with those impossibly clipped BBC accents that were so prevalent in the 40 s and 50 s amongst the upper middle classes if you don t know what I mean listen to the ueens speech Needless to say this didn t help me to take them or their dilemmas seriously I disliked Leopold and Henrietta and found Charles the plush monkey who was only a toy to be a far animated and likeable character As for the adults who were responsible for the accidental conception of Leopold I found their story to be the most emotionally neutered love story I ve ever encountered Max and Karen plan their lovers tryst with stiff upper lips and military precision leaving the story with the residual romance of an abandoned fish supper on a wet weekend in Barry Island I suppose the saving grace is Madame Fisher a sinister corpse like bed bound figure who despite never making it past 15 degrees from the prone position still manages to meddle in everyones affairs Bowen has created a memorable villain here who knew an old biddy in a bed jacket could be so scary

Summary 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


10 thoughts on “The House in Paris

  1. says:

    After I had devoured all Virginia Woolf’s books Elizabeth Bowen was my next major crush as a teenager I think it was her poetic evocation of place that thrilled me the most It helped me get out of my narcissistic glass jar and connect with my surroundings I took notice of the world and its detail Bowen added a new depth and delight to my visual response of the external world Many of her novels use the regency houses a

  2. says:

    The station is sounding resounding full of steam caught on light and arches of dark air a temple to the intention to go s

  3. says:

    Elizabeth Bowen is good with brackets The opening scene of one of her books can sometimes seem unrelated to what follows but when you read on an echo of the beginning often closes the story and you finally understand how neatly she has tied the many wide ranging episodes togetherIn this book there is not one but

  4. says:

    I tried man I really tried to get through this fucking thing Got about 34 and my friend asked what it was about I told her and she said That sounds really good So I slammed it closed and said Take it

  5. says:

    I bought the 1940's penguin edition of this book which is really appealing in its simplicity No gimmicks bells or whistles It has a minimalist post war cover and the most animated looking penguin logo ever In hindsight perhaps the austerity was a nod to the emotional austerity shielded between the cover Slightly less appealing is the back page with the author photograph While I have no doubt that Elizabeth Bowen was pr

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    In the first rank of the brilliant women writers asserts the New York Times blurb offensively Actually Bowen is in the first rank of the brilliant writers Her craftsmanship is exuisite she is masterful at having her characters express the perfect emotion and if there's a writer of adult novels who can write from a child

  8. says:

    What? I just what? Honestly I felt like I hardly understood a word of this gibberish Not than a few together an

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    Rating 275 of fiveThe Book Report Henrietta and Leopold two young people in transit come together at the Paris house of Miss Fisher a mousy spinster and her formidable mother Madame Fisher Henrietta is the granddaughter of an old fre

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