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by Elizabeth Bowen

  • ISBN: 0140182985
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Elizabeth Bowen
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (April 11, 1991)
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • FB2 size: 1295 kb
  • EPUB size: 1433 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
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Eva Trout, Elizabeth Bowen's last novel, is both a comedy of manners and a biting social analysis

Eva Trout, Elizabeth Bowen's last novel, is both a comedy of manners and a biting social analysis. Orphan Eva lives with her former teacher Isault, and her husband Eric where she is rather ignored by her legal guardian Constantine - silly man. Eva has all kinds of trouble in store for everyone and my word does she not create it.

Start by marking Eva Trout, or Changing Scenes as Want to Read . Few living writers can match the elegant entertainment of an Elizabeth Bowen novel.

Start by marking Eva Trout, or Changing Scenes as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. The formal grace of her style, her flair for mischievous social comedy and the flawless detail of her dialogues and landscapes make this novel an extraordinary pleasure to read and Eva Trout impossible to forget.

Elizabeth Bowen, Farahy, Cork, Ireland. Elizabeth Bowen (1899 – 1973) was an Irish novelist and short story writer. Whether placing her reader in a remote Irish castle or a seaside Italian villa or bomb-scarred London during the Blitz, Bowen was famous for scene setting of almost hallucinatory vividness, but her ability to evoke inner landscapes of spellbinding intensity was even more remarkable. Frustrated lovers, acutely observed children, and even vengeful ghosts inhabit her tales with an urgency and emotional complexity that make it clear that the drama of human consciousness was her central subject.

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Professor Elizabeth Bowen. Orphaned at a young age, Eva has found a home of sorts in Worcestershire with her former schoolteacher, Iseult Arbles, and Iseult's husband, Eric. From a safe distance in London, her legal guardian, Constantine, assumes that all's well.

Here are our closest matches for EVA TROUT: Or Changing Scenes. Bibliographic Details. Title: EVA TROUT: Or Changing Scenes Publisher: Alfred Knopf Publication Date: 1968 Binding: Hardcover Book Condition: VG+/VG+. 1. Eva Trout or Changing Scenes. ISBN 10: 0380390167 ISBN 13: 9780380390168.

Eva Trout is Elizabeth Bowen's final novel and was shortlisted for the 1970 Booker Prize

Eva Trout is Elizabeth Bowen's final novel and was shortlisted for the 1970 Booker Prize. First published in 1968, it is about a young woman-the eponymous heroine-who, abandoned by her mother just after her birth, raised by nurses and nannies and educated by governesses all hired by her millionaire father, has difficulty acting and behaving like an adult when, shortly after her father's suicide, she inherits all his money.

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Eva Trout has a capacity for making trouble, attracting trouble and for spreading trouble around her. This book is the author's last completed novel which was first published in 1968.
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"Eva Trout" is a rather strange book inhabited by one of the strangest title characters in modern fiction. Functioning with a directness and simplicity more common to young children than adults, Eva Trout is the heir to a vast fortune, inherited after both her parents die under tragic circumstances. Impulsive and stubborn, Eva Trout stumbles through life making a series of rash decisions that not only send her life off on wild tangents, but also have negative consequences for the people she knows.
The action in the novel centers around Eva's relationship with a young teacher named Ms. Smith, a woman Eva puts her trust in only to later feel that she (Eva) has been betrayed. Years later, when the opportunity comes to exact revenge, Eva does exactly that, making a simple yet impacting statement that not only destroys the young teacher's newly married life, but sends Eva off to America in a comic, yet sad, attempt to act out this revenge.
Without giving away too many details, the book follows Eva around the world as others- her guardian, the teacher, the teacher's husband, a young man enthralled with Eva- all try to track her down and force her to conform to their ideas of life. Eva, in all her stubbornness, armed with millions, flees from city to city, living in the moment, avoiding the consequences of her actions.
Although this is never addressed, Eva Trout's mannerisms and speech patterns are quite similar to those of a person with aspberger's or slight autism. This is never addressed in the novel, and it is possible that Elizabeth Bowen created this exact character knowing the traits but not the diagnosis, but regardless, seeing the character in this light lends a slightly more tragic air to what otherwise comes across as comedic.
"Eva Trout" is not an easy read but is well worth the effort. Bowen is a writer who does not waste a word, packing every sentence with as much description and meaning as possible. Her storytelling method is non-linear, leaving out details that she forces the reader to fill in. She is a masterful storyteller nonetheless, and "Eva Trout" is an memorable novel.
EVA TROUT is perhaps the weakest of Bowen's novels and is certainly not the place to start your appreciation of her work. One of Bowen's characteristic devices is to describe not the terrible event, but the day after the terrible event, as people realize that they are nonetheless going to have to pick up the pieces and continue with their lives. EVA TROUT takes this device--which may strike you as a trick but is actually one of Bowen's great insights into life as it is lived--to the greatest extreme. Except for the ending, almost every major event in this book happens between the end of one chapter and the start of the next.
If you admire Bowen as I do, it's interesting to read her at her most Bowenesque. If you do not already admire Bowen, please don't start here--I've put off too many people by recommeding this book. Start instead with her short stories, some of which are widely anthologized.
This is the first of Bowen's novels I have read and I was quite interested in the two polarised reviews below me, one reckoned it her best, and one reckoned it her worst book. Strange how writing can be so different to so many people.

I really enjoyed it - it was darkly humourous. We are introduced to Eva Trout and her unstoppable machinations right from the start - her inability to leave things alone, and perhaps more importantly, other people's inability to get her to leave them alone. It really is enormously funny at times - a mischevious social comedy and with a nice suitably bizarre twist for the finish.
I think that Eva trout is Elizabeth Bowen's strongest work. It completes the feeling started in the book Death of the Heart. Who could not relate to Eva and her childish heart. Much like Portia in Death of the Heart, Eva remains unchanged as the world around her closes her in, and forces others to "grow-up", thus killing all that they believed in when children. Eva so closes herself off from the world, that she has never cried, but one can feel the verge of tears from page one on. I wont ruin the book for you by saying anything else, but i STRONGLY suggest that you read this book.
This was a really difficult read for me. The writing is difficult to follow. I had to go back and forth to re-read chapters because I felt like I had missed something. Instead it was the way the author "dropped" information that could/should have been revealed earlier. The grammar was atrocious. I read this because it was a selection for my book club and can't wait to hear the reason why it was recommended.

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