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Onships that develop among the well heeled residents of the eponymous establishment When the young Miss Sydney falls under the sway of an older woman Mrs Kerr a sapphic affair simmers right below the surface of Bowen's writing creat. Sometimes described as a 1920s Jane Austen bit of a stretch but I see likeness to Anita Brookner Relatively light character rather than plot driven but some intriguing and well observed social insights and very unexpected metaphors One or two grating phrases but far brilliant ones Upper middle class Brits staying in a Mediterranean hotel A little confusing at first when you encounter Mrs X and Jane but don t immediately realise or remember that they are one and the same

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The Hotel

Bowen's first novel The Hotel is a wonderful introduction to her disarming perceptive style Following a group of British tourists vacationing on the Italian Riviera during the 1920s The Hotel explores the social and emotional relati. An hotel you know is a great place for friendships Mustn t that be said Ronald what people come out for Perhaps some But are there really people who would do that asked Ronald sharply in a tone of revulsion as though he had brought himself up suarely than he had anticipated to the edge of some kind of abyss You mean women Yes I suppose so said Milton The Hotel is Elizabeth Bowen s first novel published in 1927 the same year that Virginia Woolf published To the Lighthouse While the two books concerns are rather different Woolf is concerned with family life and its changes and various estrangements in a new era while Bowen is concerned with Brits abroad in the Italian Riviera while their world at home is falling apart they way they approach things is eerily similar Both have a New Woman figure at their center Lily Briscoe in Lighthouse and

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Ing a rich story that often relies as much on what is left unsaid as what is written on the page Bowen depicts an intense interpersonal drama with wit and suspense while playing with and pushing the English language to its boundarie. At the beginning I couldnt uite work out what this book was really about It was like Enchanted April without the enchantment and Room with a View with lots of Rooms in the Hotel and views of Italy but no passion However about half way through I became absolutely intrigued by this novel and by Sydney the complicated central character There are lots of interesting reflections on time on seizing the day and the sorts of relationship that can help us get through life all taking place in the Italian countryside Strangely there is almost no mention of any Italians It all feels a little unreal these little Englanders put together in a hotel for the holiday and hardly venturing out Its a strange book with uite a few relationships and things that are never fully explained and the writing is very dense at times but beautiful I found There is one scene in a river valley which is completely stuck in my head and


10 thoughts on “The Hotel

  1. says:

    A Room with a View was very much in my mind as I read this early work of Elizabeth Bowen's Like E M Forster's famous story this one describes the affairs of a group of English tourists staying in a hotel in Italy where some have rooms with vie

  2. says:

    15 Blergh She did not want to go down to the courts again; she knew that if Mrs Kerr sat on here watching her meditatively her play would all go to pieces‘I have heard so much of your service Today I am really going to watch it’‘This is one of my off days’ ‘Dear Sydney whenever I come you tell me it’s one of your off days’ Mrs Kerr laughed ‘I’m unlucky’‘Oh do you notice that? From the moment you come here

  3. says:

    ”An hotel you know is a great place for friendships”“Mustn’t that be” said Ronald “what people come out for?”“Perhaps

  4. says:

    Sometimes described as a 1920s Jane Austen bit of a stretch but I see likeness to Anita Brookner Relatively lig

  5. says:

    Bowen's first novel is so evocative of other writers E M Forster came first to mind given the setting of upper class English vacationers in an Italian pensione A Room with a View and a fraught situation in which a car perches dangero

  6. says:

    Back in April 2016 I read Elizabeth Bowen’s The Death of the Heart a brilliant book that made my end of year highlights First published in 1927 The Hotel was Bowen’s first novel It’s a striking debut a story of unsuitable attachments and the subtle dynamics at play among the members of a very privileged set all cast against t

  7. says:

    At the beginning I couldnt uite work out what this book was really about It was like Enchanted April without the enchantment and Room with a View with lots of Rooms in the Hotel and views of Italy but no passion However about half way through I became absolutely intrigued by this novel and by Sydney the complicated central character There are lots of interesting reflections on time on seizing the day and the

  8. says:

    My my but a rather disappointing read There was one scene I found rather amusing but on the whole nothing really happens it's hard to like any of the characters and if this is what it was like to be a wealthy British citizen in the late 1920s post Great War then I for one am glad I wasn't part of it Now Bowen must be able to write better sin

  9. says:

    I was wanting to love her lesbian Early 20th century Something of a classic But this took me FOREVER to get through I was bored and

  10. says:

    This was my first book by Elizabeth Bowen I liked it well enough though it was a bit confusing and difficult to follow at times Bowen's prose i