Eva Trout, or Changing Scenes

by Elizabeth Bowen | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0385721315 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bookowl1000 of Foshan, Guangdong China on 10/31/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by bookowl1000 from Foshan, Guangdong China on Monday, October 31, 2011
Have you ever picked up a book and wondered where it had been before, well welcome to the world of bookcrossing!

Bookcrossing is a wonderful place to share your love of reading with people all over the world and follow a book as it continues on its travels.

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Journal Entry 2 by bookowl1000 at Foshan, Guangdong China on Monday, October 31, 2011
Eva Trout is Elizabeth Bowen's final novel and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 1970. First published in 1968, it is about a young woman—the eponymous heroine—who, abandoned by her mother just after her birth, raised by nurses and nannies and educated by governesses all hired by her millionaire father, has difficulty acting and behaving like an adult when, shortly after her father's suicide, she inherits all his money.

The novel opens with Eva's excursion to a lake in the neighborhood of Larkins where she is staying as a paying guest since her father's death. The lady of Larkins, Iseult Arble, is a former teacher of Eva's whom Eva is very fond of during the school days. However, Eva does not presently fancy Arbles' guardianship and often travels to the Danceys' house where she can enjoy the company of Catrina, Henry, Andrew and Louise Dancey. In the first section, readers get to know the two schools Eva went to as a young girl and her relationship with the Arbles.

The second part of the novel is infused with Eva's reconsiderations of her past in her quest of becoming who she is. After her return from the USA with her child Jeremy, a boy both "deaf and dumb," Eva falls in love with one of the children she used to hang out with at the Dancey's.

My thoughts:

Was engrossed at first, but then my interest did begin to wane half way through. I thought the letter from a person who shared one air flight with Eva was quite odd. Why would someone write a letter like that?


I guess it was a sign of the times, but I did not like how because Jeremy was deaf he was considered dumb and thus 'obviously' could not read.

When I was reading this book it often got pushed to the side as I got distracted by others so it took me a while to finish.

Journal Entry 3 by bookowl1000 at Foshan, Guangdong China on Monday, October 31, 2011
I tagged oppem during wishlist tag with this book. As I am in China it made more sense to get one from ebay within the US and have it delivered straight there.

Journal Entry 4 by wingoppemwing at Hermiston, Oregon USA on Monday, October 31, 2011
Book was waiting for me when returned from vacation. Many thanks for tagging me with this wishlist book.

Journal Entry 5 by elizardbreath at Pendleton, Oregon USA on Monday, July 02, 2012
Oppem, the Bookcrosser who previously journalled this book, passed away on June 23, 2012. I had the privilege of meeting her dear family and "catching" her large collection of registered books. I will be releasing this one soon.

Journal Entry 6 by elizardbreath at Bookbox in Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Monday, July 02, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (7/2/2012 UTC) at Bookbox in Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Releasing as an extra into kaila-ann's General Literature Bookbox to help fill it up before sending it home!

To the finder of this book:

This book is gift, no strings attached, from me to you. You may keep it forever, pass it along to a friend, or release it into the wild to be found by someone else.

If you are new to BookCrossing, welcome! Enjoy the site, the book, and the BookCrossing community. I hope you'll join us...it's free! If you do, please consider using me, elizardbreath, as your referring member. You can even remain anonymous if you wish!

I hope you'll make a brief journal entry so all the previous and future readers can track this book's journey.

Thanks, and Happy BookCrossing! :)

Journal Entry 7 by wingkaila-annwing at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina USA on Tuesday, July 17, 2012
This book made it to me in my bookbox and caught my eye. I'll be finding it a spot on the shelves soon.

Not sure when/where this book ended up but it must be traveling - I no longer have it.

To the finder of this book:

This book is gift, no strings attached, from me to you. You may keep it forever, pass it along to a friend, or release it into the wild to be found by someone else.

If you are new to BookCrossing, welcome! Enjoy the site, the book, and the BookCrossing community. I hope you'll join us...it's free! If you do, please consider using me, Kaila-Ann, as your referring member. You can even remain anonymous if you wish!

I hope you'll make a brief journal entry so all the previous and future readers can track this book's journey.

Thanks, and Happy BookCrossing!

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