Eva Trout

Eva Trout Eva Trout Elizabeth Bowen s last novel epitomizes her bold exploration of the territory between the comedy of manners and cutting social commentary Orphaned at a young age Eva has found a home of s

  • Title: Eva Trout
  • Author: Elizabeth Bowen
  • ISBN: 9780385721318
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • Eva Trout, Elizabeth Bowen s last novel, epitomizes her bold exploration of the territory between the comedy of manners and cutting social commentary.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 thatEva Trout, Elizabeth Bowen s last novel, epitomizes her bold exploration of the territory between the comedy of manners and cutting social commentary.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 But Eva s flighty, romantic nature hasn t entirely clicked with the Arbles household, and Eva is plotting to escape When she sets out to hock her Jaguar and disappear without a trace, she unwittingly leaves a paper trail for her various custodians and all kinds of trouble to follow.

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    1. Objectively this is probably a four star book but I’m going the full hog because of how much relentless pleasure it gave me, not least of all because of its laugh-out-loud humour and original and wholly compelling cast of characters. It took Elizabeth Bowen a long time, until her last two books, to try her hand at a full blown comic novel and boy does she do it well. (The inept introduction makes the extraordinary claim that in this novel Bowen abandons comedy.) Eva Trout, an orphaned heiress, [...]

    2. The latest historic Booker shortlist project at The Mookse and The Gripes has reached 1970. Of the six, this was the one I was most looking forward to, as I have heard good things about Bowen but never read her. This was her last novel.This book is a quirky dark comedy - it may be named for its central character but it is really more of an ensemble piece in which other characters are given plenty of breathing space. The language is often startling - Bowen employs rather odd sentence structures a [...]

    3. You could hardly ever go wrong with heroine-titled tomes; books like “Olive Kitteridge,” “Madame Bovary,” “Elizabeth Costello,” "Emma," etc. But for the first time I was somewhat disappointed when I chose another, at random, to read (this tactic had been generally foolproof before, see). Eva, our main character, seems disjointed from her own time and place—she is mysterious yet languid; passionate though very passive—in all, still very much adhering to the ol’ Victorian values [...]

    4. I loved this. You could say Eva Trout deals with the enforced silence of women, which sets about a breakdown in communication in the larger social world. The prose is fragmented, forever cracking under some underground strain, like earth pressured by moving roots. Eva Trout is a rich untamed heiress and a perennial liar. She’s like a grown up version of Portia in The Death of the Heart – an innocent soul who wreaks havoc in the world around her. The novel features several truly brilliant com [...]

    5. Maybe I’m being a little harsh here, but I was left thinking that Eva Trout is a revolting novel and it would be a good thing if no one ever read it except students specializing in revolting novels. So why not fling it robustly against the Wall of Detested Books after the requisite 50 pages and pen a curt squib, render a 1 star rating, and leave it at that? Because…. The first half, maybe even two thirds, are really almost very good. And then comes the horror, the horrorE BETTER FOR BEING HA [...]

    6. One of my main reasons for reading is Fuck, I was gonna write "understanding" but that's not really it. (For one thing, I don't.) I was hooked on Elizabeth Bowen from the start because she puts into words the expressions I only get in visuals (and sometimes I gotta try them on myself to see what they feel like. I'm a social retard. I've never mastered the "default expression"). Sinister shadows, meanings in protracted sighs, shit that goes over your head but you can still sense it was probably p [...]

    7. This is the story of an orphaned girl who lost her mother in a crash airplane accident. She is raised by his father and after his death, by her solicitor, Constantine.During her whole life, she tries to get her own free life even if she is not to grown up in doing that. Her inheritance will help to disengage from the Dancey's influence.This is a psychological romance in the sense that it shows how Eva managed to arrive in her adulthood even if she has to pay a high price for it.

    8. I'm glad I read this book, simply because I came out of it with this quote, which I now apply to the world of social media even though it was written in 1968: "From large or small screens, illusion overspilled on to all beheld. Society revolved at a distance from them, like a Ferris wheel dangling buckets of people."

    9. Bowen's Eva Trout is a dynamic story of a complicated young woman in late 1950's and 1960's England. Eva is wealthy, an orphaned young woman, emotionally remote and unsure even of the value of attachment. Her actions are rash, unexplainable and without true pattern. The scenes change often in the story as she finds reason to leave any homelike setting she may have established. She puzzles at relationships and acts detrimentally toward those steadily connected to her: a guardian who was once her [...]

    10. I'm not totally giving up on Elizabeth Bowen yet, but this book was a complete and total let-down. After the first two chapters I had to stop and read the article about it because I was just tremendously lost on the nuance of the dialogue and I got the feeling something was happening in the story that wasn't immediately obvious in the text. Of course, all of this was done on purpose, but it didn't appeal to me. Clicking "I'm finished" to write this review was a lie but I just wanted to be done [...]

    11. This the last of Bowen's books, set partly in 1959 and resuming in 1967. The story is not too period-specific but there is an implication that the protagonist, a very wealthy single woman in her 20s, had to go from the UK to America to adopt a child via some black market channels because that was the only way she could do so - not something I had previously thought about.The titular Eva Trout is considerably insulated from the consequences of her own eccentricities by her inherited wealth. The c [...]

    12. I honestly have no idea what to make of this book. Bowen's writing is beautiful, but she's produced a novel with a completely enigmatic central character, in which anything interesting or exciting happens before or after the action she describes. Weird, sullen, awkward Eva drifts about confounding the people she encounters. She adopts, or buys, or something a little boy in America, then returns to England to drift around some more. She has some sort of malign influence on the people she encounte [...]

    13. An unexpected find--- subtly, bleakly, wickedly funny. One of those dark British comedies of manners that should've been filmed in the heyday of small quirky Sixties films. Eva Trout herself is a lovely, surreal, romantically fey heroine who'd be remarkably difficult to cast. "Eva Trout" makes a lovely bookend to Bowen's "Death of the Heart", by the way. A little black gem of a book that's very much worth tracking down.

    14. Hands down, the most interesting, challenging and engagingly original work of fiction I've read this year. Bowen is a commanding and angry writer, defying stereotypes and blatantly and stubbornly defends human ambiguities with gross exaggerations that one is left to nod in agreement: We're all weird, and I'm weird.

    15. This was a weird, intense, gorgeous book. If Djuna Barnes and Virginia Woolf had a child and raised it on a steady diet of ghost stories, noir fiction, and queer lit, the result would be Elizabeth Bowen.

    16. Eva Trout is a classic, and it does have its amazing and often hilarious moments, but the book got a little confusing at times and I didn't think it was a very imaginative story.

    17. Women have come a long way since Eva Trout. I wish Eva would have lived in more contemporary society, such a tragedy.

    18. Too weird for 4 starsEva Trout is an heiress, she breaks up marriages, fakes pregnancy, obtains a child (deaf mute) from the US criminal underworld. Tours America for 8 years. Comes back to UK, sets off to marry an undergraduate little more than half her age and, finally, literally the last sentence: gets her comeuppance.Honestly, this book is plain bonkers. But still, it's quite fun.

    19. I feel so weird after reading this novel. The writing is so beautiful, it's breathtakingly stunning. Maybe that is what I'm feeling stunned.

    20. Eva Trout was Elizabeth Bowen’s final novel, written when she was around seventy – it was nominated for the Booker prize – then in its second year, and which was finally won by Bernice Rubens for The Elected Member. I liked it very much, the eponymous character is particularly well drawn, reminding me of a slightly older Portia (Death of the Heart). While, Eva Trout is not my favourite Bowen novel, it is a very good, though occasionally challenging read. It is a novel of many themes, paren [...]

    21. Being my first Elizabeth Bowen read I have nothing to compare it with. I would like to read more of the author’s work before taking a critical stand. Some of my notes were as follows:… the novel is becoming a bit bizarre and rather hard to understand - chapter 12… the novel is once again flowing and I am less confused – part 2, chapter 1… in this novel dysfunction runs rampant. The characters, almost all the characters do not take responsibility for their actions. It seems throughout t [...]

    22. This rates pretty high on the Unsuitability of Star Ratings meter. Did i like it? Not really. I often feel disconnected from Bowen's central characters, as if, against all possible common sense and convention, she intentionally makes her central characters blank screens of boredom and her marginal characters fascinating and full of life (compare Eva and Constantine or Eva and Iseutl here). The novel is disjointed, as if she had some beautiful set-pieces (Henry in the church, Constantine and Izzy [...]

    23. From the beginning to end in this book, I felt lots of things are missing out. There were very few clues to figure out how the people became who they are. The intentions of people’s actions are not clear either. Even at the end, the reader is left with lots of ‘How?’s and ‘Why?’s.By the time story starts, Eva is already an unnatural person. Though some hints are given of her mother’s fantasies and father’s relationship with Constantine, they are incomplete details, so the reader is [...]

    24. This novel centers around a young orphaned heiress, Eva Trout, with a problematic family life behind her – vanished mother, gay father. She is disconnected from everyone around her, and all the other major characters seem disconnected too. They include a former teacher, a guardian, and the deaf-mute boy that Eva adopts. During the second half of the book, when Eva falls in love, she is somewhat more accessible. The writing is by turns irritating and brilliant. The plot is vague, and full of od [...]

    25. Do any of you enjoy tackling “The Times” crossword? If not surely you know of it? The crossword where “Player getting six, duck, then fifty batting is a test opener” equals “Violinist”( Six = VI. Duck = O. Fifty = L. Batting = IN. Is = IS. Test opener = T. You are meant to think this is about cricket and the misdirection is compounded by the fact that both the start ('player') and end of the clue ('test opener') appear to refer to the game). And the crossword is made up of 32 odd clu [...]

    26. The blurb on the edition of this book I have says "Bowen is magnificent when she writes aboutity" (Margaret Drabble). Ambiguity is right! The reader has no idea what is going on in the first scene. Each passing scene becomes a bit clearer until the last scene is crystal clear. But the whole book leaves you with a thousand unanswered questions. And, yet, the questions are not as demanding as you would have guessed half way through. A young woman (Eva Trout), who grew up motherless and was dragged [...]

    27. I enjoyed most of the story of Eva Trout while I was reading it, but kept having the feeling that I was missing something important that would have allowed me to have a better understanding of the plot and characters. I’ve read through a lot of reviews now, and it seems I was not alone in this feeling. For about the last third of the book, I did have a certain sense of foreboding and I found the last section more gripping because of that feeling. Eva was an interesting character who did unusua [...]

    28. 180) Eva Trout Elizabeth Bowen★★★This is a story about a woman called Eva Trout (surprise!!) who inherits a huge amount of money but learns that it cant buy you love or acceptance.Eva is a walking disaster for those around her, she goes from being an intense child who clings to anyone who shows her affection (she is an orphan) to being a woman who uses money to buy her whatever she wants no matter the consequence.The people around her are drawn by her magnetism but at the same time repulse [...]

    29. Eva is not really a very likable character…neither are any of the others really. You sort of keep reading to see how they are going to treat each other badly on the next page. Actually you wait for them to redeem themselves. The problem is they are not great people. They have small moments of humanity and then veer into the unfathomable again. There are odd disjointed mysteries that worry them, you aren't quite sure why sometimes, and they are never actually resolved. I would say this is a har [...]

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