The Heat of the Day

The Heat of the Day

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In The Heat of the Day , Elizabeth Bowen brilliantly recreates the tense and dangerous atmosphere of London during the bombing raids of World War II.

Many people have fled the city, and those who stayed behind find themselves thrown together 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 that the man who is following him wants Stella 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 us.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2002, c1976
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed. --
ISBN: 9780385721288
Branch Call Number: FIC/BOW 4565 1


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Jul 05, 2018

This novel appears on lists of the best 100 books of the 20ieth century because of its depiction of London during WW II. People generally project their understanding of life today onto the past and for this reason, it is good to read a book written 65 years ago to discover the texture and assumptions of those times. Indeed, Bowen writes with greater complexity and emphasis on thoughts and ideas than many contemporary writers who place the emphasis instead on the narrative.

Mar 23, 2017

The writing doesn't seem to have aged well and feels forced, although she was an award-winner in her time. Didn't finish.

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