Des Lewis’s extensive collection of Elizabeth Bowen quotes, starting here:
Her novel The Death of the Heart is one of my favourite books, but I must admit I’ve only finished one or two others and failed to get into a couple more. I wish that wasn’t the case, but with the exception of The Death of the Heart I keep finding her characters ungrippable, which tends to be a dealbreaker for me unless elements other than character are to the fore of a book.
Anyway, I’ve been enjoying the quotes on their own.
And I recommend The Death of the Heart to anyone who likes fine characterisation, wordsmithing and evocation of place.