My favourite books – part two

Okay, the second book I picked out is called The Death of The Heart by Elizabeth Bowen.  The plot is simply about a sixteen year old girl who falls in love for the first time and it all goes badly but in the process she loses her childhood innocence and begins the process of becoming an adult woman.  Obviously it’s about how we get changed by cynicism etc as we get older but it is so beautifully told; the quality of language makes it read more like a prose poem.  It just flows so wonderfully that if I had to encapsulate it in one word I would say it is exquisite.

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