“Why has nobody told me you existed?” — Elizabeth Bowen

From my review of ’A World of Love’, Chapter 5…


Now we come to it. This is the Bowen chapter to end all Bowen chapters. How could I have forgotten its importance and power? It is evidently the reason that I have, publicly, long since dubbed this book the world’s greatest ghost story. But now after my recent rite of passage through much of Bowen and Aickman, I can also safely call it Bowen’s apotheosis of a future Aickman’s novels and stories.

The full context here: https://elizabethbowensite.wordpress.com/2022/01/04/a-world-of-love-by-elizabeth-bowen/

‘A World of Love’ by Elizabeth Bowen, as a very long story or a novella, should be differentiated from her much shorter work entitled ’Love’. However, with the re-reading of this fifth chapter of the novella after many years, I realise that they are both highly Aickmanesque.

Just as Aickman’s ’Wood’ must be differentiated from his ’Into The Wood’!

And Bowen’s ’The Hotel’ from Aickman’s ’The Model’?

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