The Beautiful Visit Paperback – 2 Jul 1993
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From the lauded, bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
Life had been distinctly lacking in possibilities - until The Visit. But, ever afterwards, just remembering the smell of the Lancing's house would enrapture her, taking her back to that very first day when Lucy and Gerald had picked her up from the station . . .
All the longing, excitement and poignant comedy of adolescence is captured in Elizabeth Jane Howard's first novel about a young girl growing up in the years surrounding the First World War.
'Interesting and original . . . Howard has true imagination and a kind of sensuous power. She creates a wonderful atmosphere of uneasiness and oppression; she can also draw scenes with ironic brilliance: hers seems to me to be a remarkable talent' Antonia White, New Statesman
'Distinctive, self-assured and remarkably sensual: she has always been a writer to whom smells and flavours matter a great deal' Guardian--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoy evrything I have read of hers so far; I shall be hunting down more! I can't understand why she is not 'current' and more widely enjoyed. Her own life is well woth reading and I recommend her autobiography, 'Slipstream' highly.
Beautifully written, as one would expect from Elizabeth Jane Howard, this coming-of-age novel, although a fairly slow-moving story and understandably not as accomplished as the author's later novels, is one that improves as the story progresses, and there are some moments of real brilliance. The author's scene setting of her heroine's impoverished home-life where "...the house smelt of dusty carpets and forgotten meals and of grievance and misfortune...Read more ›
The Beautiful Visit is apparently the first book EJH wrote so although it has a similar style to the Cazalet books its not quite so accomplished. It is true that the first few chapters are a big gluggy and you do have to persevere through these as the book definately gets better and by the time I was 100 pages in it was almost unputdownable and I had really warmed to the lead character. This is certainly worth reading and its a shame that alot of people consider EJH as old fashioned and boring, it certainly isn't in my opinion its classic reading.
The only thing that lets this book down is the cost - at £8.99 for a "normal sized" paperback its disgraceful and no doubt puts people off from buying it, not sure if this is Picador or Amazons issue but its a crying shame!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I totally endorse Hannah Cole's review.......and add that you should not expect the Cazalet saga qualities.Published 4 months ago by sally mellersh
Having read and much enjoyed The Cazalets, this was a huge disappointment. A protagonist who just drifted about, her stock phrase being "I don't know", with seemingly no... Read morePublished 11 months ago by amberfox
A very well written book but not quite as gripping as some of her other novels.Published 20 months ago by Eleanor Moore
Enjoyable and beautifully written. Dated and younger reader might not appreciate the way life was then and how books were written then.Published on 28 May 2014 by Rose