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Title : Het huis met de klimop en andere verhalen
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ISBN : 9021454408
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Number of Pages : 219 Pages
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Het huis met de klimop en andere verhalen Reviews

  • Jim
    2019-02-01 18:23

    I checked out Ms. Bowen on the reccomendation of whacked-out "manicstream" author D.F. Lewis. Her stories are nothing like Lewis' "high weird" nightmares, crawling with deformity, neologism and voodoo. And yet, there's a simmilarity in the way they dissect a peculiar British ennui. She does have at least one chilling ghost story to her credit ("The Demon Lover"), but mostly this is elegant, hyper-observant realism. I got about halfway through this tome before I had to return it to the library, vowing that I would someday finish it. To be honest, the stories were so rich with repressed emotion that I began to feel like I was choking on the stale air of a drawing room. Bowen's brilliant snapshots capture the inherent strangness of reality the psychological complexity bubbling under the lid of "ordinary" lives. They can leave you just as haunted as the most vivid hallucination.

  • minnie
    2019-02-16 20:18

    This collection of short stories covers the early years,the twenties, and up to the post-war period.Elizabeth Bowen's world is one of uppers class routines, tea in the library, dressing for dinner, country house weekends.But her perceptive clever writing is about human relationships, the underlying feelings and the things that aren't said.In 'Making Arrangements' a deserted husband takes revenge on his wife through her dresses, "Now looking down, he watched the dresses, tense with readiness to fall upon them if they stirred and pin them down and crush and crush and crush them.If he could unswervingly and unsparingly hold them in his eyes, he would be able to detect their movements, the irrepressible palpitation of that vitality she had infused into them".Some of the best stories feature children and Elizabeth Bowens talent lies in being able to remember what its like to be a child, the little betrayals by friends, and the sometimes bewildering behavior of adults. 'The Little Girl's Room' about a lonely child who retreats to a strange fantasy world in her bedroom to deal with her 'enemies' is a good example. 'The Visitor' about a young boy whose mother is dying and he can't bear the moment when he will be told the news is a beautiful sad story, but really captures a child in an adults world,"Roger gazed up into the apple tree. The branches were big and far apart, the bark looked slippery.'I'm afraid' he thought, and tried to drown it.He was a little boy, he was afraid of the pain of death 'I don't dare go up, and I don't dare go back to the house.I must know, I can't let them tell me' It would be as though they saw me see her being killed.Let it not have to be"The stories from the war years were some of the best, they tell of London in the blitz, lonely squares of bombed out houses contrast with busy cafes full of smoke and chatter.In 'The Happy Autumn fields' a woman lies in her bombed out house dreaming about a long ago family in the countryside, whose scattered photos, diaries and letters lie in the debris around her.In 'Sunday Afternoon' a visitor from London to Ireland brings the realities of the war time London to a group of old friends gathered for a pleasant afternoon. In 'Mysterious Kor" a young couple wander the streets of London on a moonlit night as they have nowhere else to go on his first night of leave, except back to her cramped flat and waiting room-mate.The story in this collection that sticks in my mind the most is 'Ivy Gripped The Steps' a man goes back to visit an overgrown house where he spent his childhood Summers with a seemingly kind widow, who he was vaguely obsessed with, but she was only amusing herself with him like a puppy.Like the ivy on the house, his life and ability to love has been strangulated by his time with her.There are so many brilliant stories in this collection it really is worth dipping into if you like short stories or taking nine months to read it like me! Other stories I liked were 'The Demon Lover' 'The Working Party' and 'Songs My Father Sang Me'.

  • Edward
    2019-02-01 22:20

    IntroductionFirst Stories--Breakfast--Daffodils--The Return--The Confidante--Requiescat--All Saints--The New House--Lunch--The Lover--Mrs Windermere--The Shadowy Third--The Evil that Men Do ----Sunday Evening--Coming HomeThe Twenties--Ann Lee's--The Parrot--The Visitor--The Contessina--Human Habitation--The Secession--Making Arrangements--The Storm--Charity--The Back Drawing-Room--Recent Photograph--Joining Charles--The Jungle--Shoes: An International Episode--The Dancing-Mistress--Aunt Tatty--Dead Mabelle--The Working Party--Foothold--The Cassowary--Telling--Mrs MoyseyThe Thirties--The Tommy Crans--The Good Girl--The Cat Jumps--The Last Night in the Old Home--The Disinherited--Maria--Her Table Spread--The Little Girl's Room--Firelight in the Flat--The Man of the Family--The Needlecase--The Apple Tree--Reduced--Tears, Idle Tears--A Walk in the Woods--A Love Story--Look at All Those Roses--Attractive Modern Homes--The Easter Egg Party--Love--No. 16--A Queer Heart--The Girl with the StoopThe War Years--Unwelcome Idea--Oh, Madam ...--Summer Night--In the Square--Sunday Afternoon--The Inherited Clock--The Cheery Soul--Songs My Father Sang Me--The Demon Lover--Careless Talk--The Happy Autumn Fields--Ivy Gripped the Steps--Pink May--Green Holly--Mysterious Kôr--The Dolt's TalePost-War Stories--I Hear You Say So--Gone Away--Hand in Glove--A Day in the DarkBibliographical Note

  • Yooperprof
    2019-02-17 17:25

    More "misses" than hits in this collection, though admittedly a number of stories are "near-misses," seeming _almost_ very good, but perhaps just a little too precious or "distilled".I thought the best stories in the collection were the ghost tales and the ones set in London during World War II. The pain of memory and the ache of lonely human souls are Ms. Bowen's great themes, and when she is good, she is very very good indeed. "The Demon Lover" and "Ivy Gripped the Steps" are among the very best short stories I've ever read.IF you have the time, and IF you are interested in really tracing the gradual evolution of an artist, and the development of her talent, THEN I can heartily recommend this collection. Otherwise, you'd probably do best just looking out for a collection with just her wartime or ghost stories.

  • Cabiria Aquarius
    2019-02-02 23:16

    These short stories were very detailed and pretty interesting. Every time I took a second to think I was amazed at how delicate and fragile the writing seemed and how detailed it was. Elizabeth Bowen was a talented writer. I could imagine these stories weren’t stories but real people experiencing real things. But they were just stories. Are they? Is there a such thing as just a story?

  • M.h.
    2019-01-26 00:17

    I'm not really a short-stories person, but these are great. Though gloomy and unnerving at times --which made me decide to read them in batches -- I think the writing is beautiful, especially when it comes down to atmosphere.

  • Susan
    2019-02-17 20:16

    Read again and again. Marvelous. The book fell apart.

  • Pam Hasker
    2019-01-29 23:27

    Beautiful and haunting.

  • SarahC
    2019-01-21 16:42

    I have not read all of the stories in this collection -- I plan to savor them over time. This is a goldmine of beautiful short stories like I have not seen before. Elizabeth Bowen was a master of the short story as well as of longer fiction as well. She was an Anglo-Irish author who lived and wrote through many decades of the 2oth century. She lived through the changes and upheaval of the century and through much distress in her private life also. I can hardly compare her writing with that of anyone else. This collection is nicely categorized by eras and is filled with such a variety of characters, young and old, ghostly, radical, upper class, lower class, but mostly vulnerable and challenged by changes in some way. Some of the stories feel like a small inner light against a cold world, and some of them simply feel stark, emotional. Most seem to present an insoluble feel that really speaks to all the times of change of the century. Elizabeth Bowen is probably a very overlooked author.

  • Judith Shadford
    2019-02-14 21:17

    It's a huge range of stories to read chronologically, from the London vicinity of the 1920's through post-war Ireland--from Barbara Pym-type stories where almost nothing happens, but the atmosphere is so minutely revealed the the moments of change among the people is almost incidental--to ghost stories, where maybe, the story is about the living and maybe not. She is wholly lyrical in her descriptions, but in an extra dry brut champagne fashion. Zero sentimentality, even in the descriptions of curtains, pink and white little girls rooms. It was good to have read these stories--I'd conflated Bowen with Elizabeth Bishop and was quite surprised to find that Bowen was British, Irish actually. One shouldn't have those conflations living in one's mind.

  • Joey
    2019-02-21 00:33

    I have to admit that for the first time in a long time, I didn't finish the book I was reading. I got through about 1/3rd of this 800 page anthology of an entire career's worth of short stories. It's not that the stories were bad; I liked several very much, particularly the tale of a bitter brother who has settled into his life with his sister serving as a wife, only to witness her become engaged surprisingly, as she was in her middle age and he was close minded etc. etc.The writing of the stories was well done and kept me reading, but there wasn't enough that compelled me to read this entire collection. Maybe I'll have better luck with Bowen's most famous novel, The Heat of the Day.

  • Karen Barnacle
    2019-01-29 23:38

    These are small, sharp and glittering stories which capture the pettiness and cruelty of the upper classes in the early 20th century. It took a little while to adjust to the style and vocabulary of that era (much as it does when reading Jane Austen), but the stories really are worth this (minor) effort. There is poignancy, comedy and malice - often in the same story. They are short - sometimes only a couple of pages and the slip down like fresh oysters. I am looking forward to reading more Elizabeth Bowen.

  • 123bex
    2019-02-16 19:29

    I had to read this for my MA and I am not sure I shall ever forgive the faculty. Two stars because she was a woman, she was queer, and the sheer body of work is impressive. But dear god, the tedium! Story after story about rich white people fannying about over made-up problems and never saying what they mean. I don't know if these stories have just dated terribly, I am deficient in some way or they are just hands-down bad. Either way, I'm deliriously glad to be done with them.The ghost stories and those set during the war are marginally less awful than the others.

  • Ruth
    2019-02-06 17:36

    Since this was a library book, I returned it before really digesting it. I read about three of the stories. I find Bowen a a great writer and I will probably buy this book so I can properly enjoy it. Her style is detailed narratives and long paragraphs. it is the kind of writing that you like to savor rather than rush through to find out what happens...

  • Cynthia
    2019-02-19 22:20

    My paperback copy from the 80s has disintegrated along with the glue, and long before I got to all the stories. The handful of supernatural stories such as "The Demon Lover" are really wonderful. I'm too stubborn and completist to give up on the mess so I'm working through this a chunk of pages at a time.

  • Rose
    2019-02-04 18:20

    Brilliantly written - Clever and witty use of astoundly brilliant language. I always read Elizabeth Bowen's short stories with a dictionary by my side! If I could learn to write like her, I'd never put my pencil down..!

  • Kristy
    2019-01-31 22:18

    I don't really like short stories. So why on earth I felt compelled to finish 800 pages of them by one author I do not know. Some of them were quite good (The Confidante) but in general there's just not enough meat in a short story for me to really love them.

  • Eric
    2019-01-27 21:18

    The first few pages of "The Disinherited" sold me on this.

  • Jenni
    2019-02-06 16:29

    I haven't read all of these yet (I've been reading a few here and there), but the ones I have gotten to have been zingers. Thanks for the rec, Paula!

  • Mo
    2019-02-02 19:28

    It would be unfair of me to rate these stories, because I only read a couple of them. They were not for me.

  • Ellen
    2019-02-16 19:16

    Elizabeth Bowen is a genius, evoking place and time and mood - this is the sort of anthology to take along to a desert island. No end to the pleasures.

  • Nikki
    2019-01-27 17:28

    this book was one of those books of short stories. a couple of them were okay, but i couldnt follow most of them. it was kind of boring.

  • Kelly
    2019-02-12 18:25

    Hmmm...I seem to be on a short story jaunt. Well, it's better than a history-book-that's-actually-fiction jaunt. Em-barressing!

  • Moira Russell
    2019-01-21 00:33

    She is a terribly underrated writer, especially her short stories.

  • Sora O'doherty
    2019-01-31 23:19

    Elizabeth Bowen was a master of the short story.

  • Beth Shields-Szostak
    2019-01-22 00:42

    1st edition US

  • Hans Wiegand
    2019-02-02 18:36

    If you want to discover the greatness of Bowen's work you should definitely read some of these amazing stories.

  • Austen to Zafón
    2019-02-08 21:22

    The trouble with adding in books I've owned for years is that I came be sure I've read them! I think I did read this when I bought it 20+ years ago, but, well, maybe not.

  • Kirsty
    2019-02-07 21:20

    Bowen's work epitomizes the 'stream of consciousness' juxtaposed with witty and sometimes 'serenely hilarious' anecdotes. A must for fans of Irish literature.

  • Mary Jo
    2019-02-09 22:18

    I loved the writing, but I got tired of short stories that seemed to go nowhere.