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The Last September - Elizabeth Bowen
The Last September
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The Last September is Elizabeth Bowen's portrait of a young woman's coming of age in a brutalized time and place, where the ordinariness of life floats like music over the impending doom of history.In 1920, at their country home in County Cork, Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra, and... show more
The Last September is Elizabeth Bowen's portrait of a young woman's coming of age in a brutalized time and place, where the ordinariness of life floats like music over the impending doom of history.In 1920, at their country home in County Cork, Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra, and their friends maintain a skeptical attitude toward the events going on around them, but behind the facade of tennis parties and army camp dances, all know that the end is approaching—the end of British rule in the south of Ireland and the demise of a way of life that had survived for centuries. Their niece, Lois Farquar, attempts to live her own life and gain her own freedoms from the very class that her elders are vainly defending. The Last September depicts the tensions between love and the longing for freedom, between tradition and the terrifying prospect of independence, both political and spiritual."Brilliant.... A successful combination of social comedy and private tragedy."—The Times Literary Supplement (London)
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385720144 (0385720149)
Publisher: Anchor
Pages no: 303
Edition language: English
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0 The Last September
bookshelves: film-only, autumn-2012, britain-ireland, lifestyles-deathstyles, published-1929, period-piece Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura Read from August 31 to September 01, 2012 http://youtu.be/6EDmYfR9R5EMichael Gambon ... Sir Richard NaylorTom Hickey ... O'BrienKeeley Hawes ... Lois Farq...
Nigeyb
Nigeyb rated it
Great art is both challenging and accessible. Elizabeth Bowen's highly wrought Modernist writing style resulted in me having to frequently re-read passages and ponder their meaning. It's not a style I enjoy. I like clarity and prefer to be led by hand.It's a shame because she manages to evoke a cle...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
http://youtu.be/6EDmYfR9R5EMichael Gambon ... Sir Richard NaylorTom Hickey ... O'BrienKeeley Hawes ... Lois FarquarDavid Tennant ... Captain Gerald ColthurstRichard Roxburgh ...Captain DaventryGary Lydon ... Peter ConnollyMaggie Smith ... Lady Myra Naylor Summary - In 1920s Ireland, an elderly...
lizpatanders
lizpatanders rated it
4.0 The Last September
The Last September is a social comedy, along the lines of Pride and Prejudice, yet with slightly darker elements. This is also written in a much more specific political and historical context, specifically in Ireland in 1920, around the time of the revolution. I read this book for a class and defi...
Allusion is not Illusion
Allusion is not Illusion rated it
4.0
The characters of The Last September all seem to suffer from lethargy and incipient depression. They are unable to act, know, or even care. Only the wind has energy. Throughout the novel they are increasingly defined by relationship to objects, a move which is foreshadowed by the narrator's early li...
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