The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen

The Death of the Heart

Elizabeth Bowen

432 pages first pub 1938 (editions)

fiction classics romance emotional reflective slow-paced


The Death of the Heart is perhaps Elizabeth Bowen's best-known book. As she deftly and delicately exposes the cruelty that lurks behind the polished surfaces of conventional society, Bowen reveals herself as a masterful novelist who combines a sen...

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reflective 86%
emotional 64%
sad 37%
tense 29%
challenging 21%
dark 21%
mysterious 8%
funny 5%
adventurous 2%
hopeful 2%


slow 72%
medium 24%
fast 2%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 93% | A mix: 6%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 48% | Yes: 41% | No: 10%

Loveable characters?

No: 67% | It's complicated: 22% | Yes: 9%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 96% | It's complicated: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 93% | It's complicated: 6%

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