The Last September

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The Last September is Elizabeth Bowen's portrait of a young woman's coming of age in a brutalized time and place, where the ordinariness of life floats like music over the impending doom of history.

In 1920, at their country home in County Cork, Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra, and their friends maintain a skeptical attitude toward the events going on around them, but behind the facade of tennis parties and army camp dances, all know that the end is approaching—the ...

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Overview

The Last September is Elizabeth Bowen's portrait of a young woman's coming of age in a brutalized time and place, where the ordinariness of life floats like music over the impending doom of history.

In 1920, at their country home in County Cork, Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra, and their friends maintain a skeptical attitude toward the events going on around them, but behind the facade of tennis parties and army camp dances, all know that the end is approaching—the end of British rule in the south of Ireland and the demise of a way of life that had survived for centuries. Their niece, Lois Farquar, attempts to live her own life and gain her own freedoms from the very class that her elders are vainly defending. The Last September depicts the tensions between love and the longing for freedom, between tradition and the terrifying prospect of independence, both political and spiritual.

"Brilliant.... A successful combination of social comedy and private tragedy."—The Times Literary Supplement (London)

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"Brilliant.... A successful combination of social comedy and private tragedy."--The Times Literary Supplement (London)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385720144
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ANCHOR
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 259,974
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Bowen was born in Dublin in 1899. She wrote many acclaimed novels, including The Heat if the Day and Eva Trout. She was awarded the CBE (Commander if the Order of the British Empire) in 1948. She died in 1973.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2010

    A Dramatic Time in Ireland's History

    This story moved at a fast pace for me because always in the background of these characters' lives is the suspense of a future of turbulence, a future that most of them do not foresee. They don't realize that they're resented by their long time Irish neighbors and treated in a condescending manner by them, never a thought that these neighbors who they've known for years might be plotting against them. They are unknowingly being enclosed in a world of danger, a world they thought was theirs, the English world in Ireland just before the Irish war for independence. The author tells the reader all this through her characters, their conversations, their thoughts. I thought this author's writing style was a unique and interesting way to write about this time in Ireland's history.

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