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By Elizabeth Bowen | Comments: ( 222 ) | Date: ( Feb 26, 2020 )

In a writing career that spanned the 1920s to the 1960s, Anglo Irish author Elizabeth Bowen created a rich and nuanced body of work in which she enlarged the comedy of manners with her own stunning brand of emotional and psychological depth.In A World of Love, an uneasy group of relations are living under one roof at Montefort, a decaying manor in the Irish countryside WhIn a writing career that spanned the 1920s to the 1960s, Anglo Irish author Elizabeth Bowen created a rich and nuanced body of work in which she enlarged the comedy of manners with her own stunning brand of emotional and psychological depth.In A World of Love, an uneasy group of relations are living under one roof at Montefort, a decaying manor in the Irish countryside When twenty year old Jane finds in the attic a packet of love letters written years ago by Guy, her mother s one time fiance who died in World War I, the discovery has explosive repercussions It is not clear to whom the letters are addressed, and their appearance begins to lay bare the strange and unspoken connections between the adults now living in the house Soon, a girl on the brink of womanhood, a mother haunted by love lost, and a ruined matchmaker with her own claim on the dead wage a battle that makes the ghostly Guy as real a presence in Montefort as any of the living.


  • Title: A World of Love
  • Author: Elizabeth Bowen
  • ISBN: 9781400031054
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen, CBE was an Anglo Irish novelist and short story writer.



Comments A World of Love

  • Violet wells

    So much to love about this short novel which depicts how a family in a ramshackle flaking farmhouse in Ireland live with a ghost. Lilia is engaged to Guy when he dies in the war. She goes to seed. Eventually Guy’s cousin Antonia persuades her to marry Fred, a roving farmhand, and take possession of Guy’s house. Lilia and Fred produce two children. The older, Jane, one day finds some old letters in the attic and Guy’s ghost is let loose into the house. The letters were written by Guy but to [...]


  • Susan

    Elizabeth Bowen is something of a forgotten author now, which is a shame as she writes so beautifully and is wonderful at capturing the relationships between people. This novel is set in Montefort; a corroding country house in County Cork. The house was owned by Guy, who died in WWI, leaving his cousin, Antonia, as heir. Troubled that Guy had died without leaving a will, and without marrying his fiancée, Lilia, Antonia finds herself interfering in others lives. She engineers a marriage between [...]


  • Roman Clodia

    He had not finished with them, nor they with themselves, nor they with each other: not memories was it but expectations which haunted Montefort.Written in exquisite prose, this is a novel which requires close reading - like Bowen's The Heat Of The Day, much of the substance of the book resides in the not-said; the significance, for example, of a long-estranged married couple sitting under a chestnut tree 'almost apart'.Taking place in the liminal space between the past and the future, the story [...]


  • Lobstergirl

    Bowen's eighth novel started with great promise, terrifically written physical description:The sun rose on a landscape still pale with the heat of the day before. There was no haze, but a sort of coppery burnish out of the air lit on flowing fields, rocks, the face of the one house and the cliff of limestone overhanging the river. The river gorge cut deep through the uplands. The light at this hour, so unfamiliar, brought into being a new world - painted, expectant, empty, intense. The month was [...]


  • Val

    A loosely related Anglo-Irish family living in a large country house experience a range of emotions. That sounds very similar to a previous book of Bowen's I read; both have the same intensity of feeling and very little actually happens in either, but they are not all that similar in feel. While the family in "The Last September" were becalmed awaiting the winds of change, this family are shipwrecked by something that happened many years earlier. Neither family understand each other all that wel [...]


  • Bam

    A World of Love is the first of Elizabeth Bowen's work that I have read and I found her to be quite the wordsmith, with sophisticated punctuation and unusual sentence structure; ie: "Heavy was the scent, rank the inside darkness which filtered through." And heavy is the psychological drama of this short novella which delves into the complicated emotional relationship between several people living together in a crumbling manor house in Ireland. The backstory is that Antonia has inherited Montefor [...]


  • Annelies

    This is a marvellous book. You can't just say it's because of this or that. Bowen builds a microclimate inhabited by just a few people. The tension between these people is one of the major themes in the book. The characterisation is phenomenal. The book begins with a staple of letters by a former lover of the mother that is found. Then a satirical drama unfolds itself. It's never boring, it's an interesting world circling around these letters. It's also a book in which love underlines subtly the [...]


  • Asta

    Strange sentence structure it has, this novel. A long time reading it I in the end took.


  • Marija

    Elizabeth Bowen has somehow managed to portray stasis as an art form. In a book where mere suggestion alone can result in so much soul searching and change is truly amazing. Yet her story is told beautifully and not only that, but there are some wonderfully bleak moments thrown in as well. The ending is both unexpected and eccentric; yet it’s fun’s on par with that perfect 10 moment with Bo Derek and Dudley Moore. I couldn’t help but giggle. ;) That said, this scene does work, since you ca [...]


  • Elizabeth (Alaska)

    I liked the premise for this story, and I wish the author had thought more of it herself to lengthen and strengthen it. As it is, it leaves much to be desired. The reader is left wondering too much. If you're one who likes to fill in between the lines with conjectures of your own, you might like this more than I did. Or maybe I just don't have enough imagination and understanding and need to have things spelled out.I have never been one who could accurately predict what comes next. On school tes [...]


  • Bob

    Elizabeth Bowen wrote 10 novels between 1927 and 1968 - this is a slender one from 1955. Thematically there are some familiar markers - children in complex family structures, and the lives of the well-established but not well-to-do Anglo-Irish.After WWI, fewer aristocratic young men were sent to die on the battlefield, leading to less literary fiction about the flowers of adolescence cut off in their prime.The book seems to be set around the time of its publication so the lamented young man of t [...]


  • Justin Evans

    Sometimes I love Bowen, sometimes she bores me to tears. And this is pretty easy to explain: when she's writing about peoples' relationships and the way we're always talking past one another and not saying what needs to be said, she's fabulous. When she's describing landscape or interior decorating she's almost always insufferable. Unfortunately for this short book, there's too much landscape and not enough people not quite relating to each other. Also, the ending is unbearably stupid; I suggest [...]


  • J.S. Dunn

    It's good to read authors of a bygone era occasionally, and Bowen is always pleasing in style. This slim novel packs a large wallop. It is a methodical and devastating portrayal of remnants of the Ascendancy trying to hang on to --- what, exactly? --- while airplanes and 'modernity' are gaining a tenuous hold in staid Ireland.


  • Charlotte Rigarlsford

    There is much to love about this novel. I personally admire the last line "They no sooner looked but they loved.".


  • Yan

    i swear the first half of this is 'the sundial'


  • George

    3.5 stars. A well written okay read about a group of characters in a rural setting. The eldest daughter, Jane, discovers letters that are around 30 years old, from a young man who died in World War I. The mystery is that we do not know who the love letters are written to until near the end of the story. This book is more suited to readers who enjoy a character driven novel that creates a special moodiness. The younger daughter, Maud, is quite a character and provides comic relief to the more ser [...]


  • Reyna Eisenstark

    Much as I love Elizabeth Bowen, I could not get this book. The writing was brilliant as usual, but so strange and dreamy that I couldn't really follow anything. The fact that she was also known for her ghost stories makes sense to me.


  • Kathy

    I used to love Elizabeth Bowen, but not so much anymore. Stilted, overly precious---


  • Edith

    Three Irish Women Between Past, Present and Future: A World of Love by Elizabeth BowenAbridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 18 October 2013In her 1955 novel A World of Love the Anglo-Irish author Elizabeth Bowen evokes the atmosphere of a decayed rural manor in County Cork, Ireland, in the early 1950s to tell the story of Antonia Montefort, Lilia Danby and her twenty-one-year old daughter Jane. A packet of love letters which the young woman finds in the attic by acciden [...]


  • Cyndie

    Examining "Life with the lid on and what happens when the lid comes off" was apparently at the heart of Elizabeth Bowens writing. This is the second book i've read by her and i can see that concept as central to both. In this slight novel she examines one small family living under the shadow of Guy, a young man who died during WWI. Guy's cousin Antonia inherited Montefort, his Irish estate. Antonia determined to take care of Guy's fiance Lilia, by manipulating her into marriage with another dist [...]


  • Bette

    This is third of Elizabeth Bowen's books that I've read, and I just can't really get into any of them. They have all the ingredients of a book that I would love--female protagonists, first half of the 20th century British setting, romance (without being A Romance Novel), but the characters always seem so distant, so unrelatable, that I don't particularly care what happens to them. She does write beautifully, but I can never become immersed in a book without being able to put myself into the shoe [...]


  • Maire

    I'm in the midst of the worst reading slump I've ever had, so this review may be tainted by that. This is one of Bowen's later works, and unfortunately, my least favorite of hers so far. The concept is an interesting one: a package of old love letters is found in the attic of a crumbling Irish estate home, and it sends the family into a tizzy. However, it didn't really work for me for two reasons. First, everyone in the family is just a little too weird, which made them feel like caricatures ins [...]


  • Leif

    Bowen's most explicit, and perhaps least satisfying, ghost story; A World of Love turns on a number of relationships spun as if they were golden gossamer threads of the past trailing the hollow bodies of the living present – only, hold up, wait because many of the characters seem, while whole in and of themselves, glaringly solipsistic and uninterested in each other. Still, of Bowen's works this one must be considered a success if not as translatable or startling as, say, The Last September.


  • ben

    Jane, a young woman, lives with her family in the english countryside between the wars. Her family came about out of a marriage of convenience, brought about by the death of a betrothed cousin in first war. One day however, she finds a bundle of letters in the attic that awaken her to the world of love that existed before her birth. Although this novel is one of "100 best of the 20th century," most of the time, I couldn't really figure out what was happening during the awakening. There's a lot o [...]


  • Joy

    This book was written in 1954. It's a story about a group of relatives living at Montefort, a decaying manor in the Irish countryside. Jane, who is 20, discovers a packet of love letters in the attic that were written by her mother's one-time fiance who died in World War I. It's not really clear who the letters were written to, but the effect on the family is like opening a Pandora's Box. In this book Ididn't like any of the characters, so it's hard to really care what happened. Few quotes were [...]


  • Kaycie

    This book was an interesting read. Many reviews didn't like it, or were neutral on it, and i can really see that. Not much seems to happen on the surface of this one, but that's where the fun is.Bowen provides a snapshot into the minds of a group of people when a seemingly small discovery is made in the attic of their old house, shaking up everything in this family. Cute story about family "ghosts" (not in a literal sense!) and familial interactions.Oh ya, and Bowen can write. Like really, REALL [...]


  • Suzy

    I was curious about the 1001 books you must read before you die listology/content_showm/content_id.22845/Books and took a look at it. Some I agreed with, some not, but most I'd heard of--so who was this mysterious woman Elizabeth Bowen who had a number of titles on the list? How had an esteemed woman author from the early 1900's escaped my notice? I will never know, but she's good. Put the book down and see and hear the characters and walk through the landscape good. Now, what book of hers shoul [...]


  • Claire

    Despite its (in my opinion, unfortunately cheesy) title, the small world Bowen examines is lacking in love: this intimate portrait shows a dissatisfied family haunted by love's ghosts. The story covers a span of only a few days at a decaying country home. The drama is in the emotional tension unleashed by a packet of old love letters Jane, the elder of two daughters, drags out of the attic. I think this book has depths I couldn't reach this time; I will read it again, maybe multiple times. I thi [...]


  • Amie

    Another book that I really wanted to like, but didn't. The synopsis sounded good. It had so much potential, but it just didn't go anywhere. It claims to be poetic, but it was just confusing. As another reviewer put it, it felt like I was reading a book by Yoda. Maybe my opinion is tainted, because I recently read Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels. That book was beautiful and poetic.


  • Francesca

    3-3.5/5A discapito del titolo, non si tratta di una storia d’amore in senso classico, ma si parla d’amore trattenuto, non detto, non ricambiato – così come di silenzi, di relazioni e ferrite rimaste aperte, incolcluse, che con gli anni si incancreniscono, creano gabbie e risentimenti e rimpianti.Stupendo il linguaggio lo stile.


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