Books: Unlit by Love

EVA TROUT by Elizabeth Bowen. 302 pages. Knopf. $5.95.

Elizabeth Bowen is one of the few of Virginia Woolf's many imitators who learned something positive from her fragile literary experiments. Instead of stringing endless psychological trivia, Bowen builds a strong psychic mood by carefully picking her details—cars, lies, daydreams—and arranging them with an experienced, measuring feminine eye.

Eva Trout, Bowen's eighth novel, is typical of her writing and unlike anything else being published today. Once more the author concerns herself with the domination of the strong by the weak; "they have such incredible staying power," one character laments. Eva is the formless, feckless...

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