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review The Heat of the Day Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ [Reading] ➸ The Heat of the Day Author Elizabeth Bowen – Danpashley.co.uk In The Heat of the Day Elizabeth Bowen brilliantly recreates the tense and dangerous atmosphere of London during the bombing raids of World War IIMany people have fled the city and those who sEther in an odd intimacy born of crisis Stella Rodney is one of those who chose to stay But for her the sense of impending catastrophe becomes acutely personal when she discovers that her lover Robert is suspected of selling secrets to the enemy and. Out of mists of morning charred by the smoke from ruins each day rose to a height of unmisty glitter; between the last of sunset and first note of the siren the darkening glassy tenseness of evening was drawn fine From the moment of waking you tasted the sweet autumn not less because of an acridity on the tongue and nostrils; and as the singed dust settled and smoke diluted you felt and called upon to observe the daytime as a pure and curious holiday from fearOstensibly The Heat of the Day is a spy novel a wartime noir In the first chapter Stella the heroine is told by a shady individual called Harrison that her lover Robert is selling secrets to the enemy Harrison offers to withhold this information from his superiors if Stella agrees to become his lover To begin with Stella is dubious If what Robert does is performing an act for her then the implication is that his love too is part of the act A surface cracks The habitat of love in which Stella has lived comes to resemble the broken exposed bombed buildings littering London’s landscape Bowen is brilliant at relating these inward crisis moments to the external world Every description of place contains psychological insights into her characters When later Stella visits Robert’s home she is horrified by the suffocating deceit of decorum she encounters in his mother and sister a decorum that has already humiliated and unmanned Robert’s father Robert calls his mother Muttikins Enough said The rot starts at home Stella herself is involved in a deceit She had deceived her son about his father Contrary to popular belief it was not she who betrayed him but the other way round When her husband died after betraying Stella for his nurse Stella decides to court the fiction that she was the femme fatale perhaps for reasons of glamourising her self image Betrayal and deceit are ubiuitous tensions in this novel The theme of deceit is taken up by another character the orphaned and disingenuous Louie who is betraying her absent enlisted husband with a succession of casual affairs with men She does this paradoxically to bring her husband closer On a deeper level The Heat of the day is a novel about dispossession About the precarious nature of any habitat whether it’s a physical habitat like home or an emotional habitat like love The novel begins in September 1942 when London is being bombed every night Bowen evokes a landscape in which homes can vanish overnight “Habit of which passion must be wary may all the same be the sweetest part of love” Habit dependent on habitat is a vanishing luxury in this novel Much of the novel takes place in homes We have Stella’s flat which is borrowed we have Robert’s family’s home which is for sale We have the crumbling house in Ireland that Stella’s son inherits We have the flat where Louie lives and from where her husband is poignantly absent And we have the nursing home where cousin Nettie lives Stella sees homes exposed as she rides the train “It was striking how listlessly shiftlessly and frankly life in these houses exposed itself to the eyes in the passing or halting trains”Home it’s a precarious structure both physically and emotionally Bowen’s sentences in this novel are as rutted and rubbled as London’s wartime streets Often cataracted with double and sometimes triple negatives – as if speech itself is hampered battling against a relentless hostile tide She plays with idioms too grotesuely altering them – as if the lynchpins of civilised life are being hacked away There’s a deliberate forsaking of fluidity in her prose The last sentence implies the war is the swansong of an era of western civilisation not an era Bowen seems to approve of Bowen actually wrote this novel during the war and unlike WW2 novels written later isn’t trying to impress with the depth of her research It’s a consideration she is able to ignore because the world she is describing is outside her window The odd thing is because we’re so familiar with the way London during the blitz has been portrayed stagemanaged by popular media Bowen’s depiction can at times be bizzarely less convincingIt should be pointed out that this is not a work of realism Robert’s adherence to the Nazis is barely credible as a concrete possibility Many have wondered with justification if Bowen should have had him siding with the Russians Bowen after all was familiar with Burgess and the Cambridge spies However this implausible detail doesn’t detract from the novel’s psychological power It’s not her best novel – I’d award that plaudit to Death of the Heart – but is well worth reading

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In The of the eBook #180 Heat of the Day Elizabeth Bowen brilliantly recreates the tense and dangerous atmosphere of London during the bombing raids of World War IIMany people have fled the city and those who stayed behind find themselves thrown tog. 5 astonishingly astute and unsentimentally intimate stars 9th Favorite Read of 2019 Award I had the pleasure in 2015 to read The Death of the Heart and was moved by the experience of young sixteen year old Portia that was cruelly played by some minor villains That was one of my top ten reads of that year and rated a very high 45 stars This book surpasses that one in scope insight and atmosphere This is a chamber masterpiece that is mostly conversational in nature taking place in London and surrounding countryside during World War 2 This is a romance an intrigue and a noir all in one The characters are all very alluring secretive isolated and rather eccentrically complex We know little of their histories but get to know their outer and inner natures through genuine and organic conversations that they have in dyads and sometimes triads Minor characters often take centre stage and are as well drawn out as the main protagonists London is being bombed and romances are flaring encounters are fleeting morals are compromised souls are near bankrupt A deep and important novel of how urban dwellers fared how men and women both desire and con each other how mothers worship their sons how spies are not evil and how people continue to revel and cry often within the same dayA stunning literary achievement published in 1948A warm thank you to Violet W who recommended this book to me

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The Heat of the DayThat the man who is following him wants Stella The Heat MOBI #221 herself as the price of his silence Caught between these two men not sure whom to believe Stella finds her world crumbling as she learns how little we can truly know of those around. London in World War II Mix of spy and love story The classy but a bit errant Stella is warned by the spooky Harrison that her lover Robert is a German spy Stella is disturbed by this rumor whilst she also struggles with the slur of every day Others story lines handle her son Roderick and his Irish heritage and also the errant workers girl Louie Bowen has succeeded in creating a menacing atmosphere The style is condensed and so a rather difficult read But as a mixture of Graham Greene The End of The affair and Virginia Woolf this novel is a real tour de force