Thursday, May 11, 2017

Book Beginning: The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen




That Sunday, from six o'clock in the evening, it was a Viennese orchestra that played.

The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen. Lovers ans spies in WWII London. Published in 1948.

This modern classic has been on my TBR shelf forever and I'm finally reading it for the 2017 Back to the Classics Challenge as my "classic by a woman author" pick.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



Lauren Stoolfire said...

That snippet sounds pretty promising! Thanks for sharing.

Bev Bouwer said...

Beautiful cover! And the snippet does sound good. I'd keep reading. Happy weekend.

Maria said...

This is the first time I've seen this book and it sounds like something I would enjoy reading - love the cover too! Great choice - thanks for sharing

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Gilion,

How bad does it make me that I have never even heard of this classic author, let alone read any of her work!

Spending a few moments reading up about her and checking out her books, has been time well spent and makes 'Heat Of The Day' amongst others, a definite for my TBR list.

Thanks for sharing and hosting BBOF :)


Karen K. said...

I've only read Bowen's Death of the Heart which I found painfully slow, but I've just been told it's very Henry Jamesian, so that explains it. I've heard The Heat of the Day is one of her best, so I should give it another chance. It's #8 on Furrowed Middlebrow's Syllabus of 100 middlebrow novels.

Breana M. said...

I don't believe I've read anything by this author. I have heard of this book, but only in passing.

Katherine P said...

I hadn't heard of this book before but I love the sound of it! Definitely adding to my TBR. I hope you enjoy it!

Sherry Fundin said...

Have a great weekend.
sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I like historical fiction so this sounds like a book I'd enjoy reading. Thanks for introducing me to this author.
Thank you for hosting Book Beginnings.

Roberta said...

Given it takes some time to write and publish, it must have been written almost at the same time as the events occurred. Fascinating.

Elizabeth said...

LOVE the cover and the beginning line.

Thanks for sharing.

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Nicki J Markus said...

Hope you're enjoying your new read!

Nadene said...

A great beginning. Here is mine

Anne Bennett said...

Not sure that the quote makes me want to pick up the book but I do like orchestra music and it is pretty evocative of a soothing picture in my head.

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Sassy Brit said...

That is a great beginning! Definitely one (more) for me to check out lol

Here's mine:

Sorry I'm late in commenting - Internet is very sketchy, and I could drop out at any moment, so typing fast lol

Elizabeth said...

I have heard of this book and of course the author.

ENJOY, and have a good weekend.

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