Mysterious Kor has 21 ratings and 3 reviews. Kirsty said: Mysterious Kor by Elizabeth Bowen means a lot of different things to different people. I’ve rea. photo credit It’s strange how the short story Mysterious Kor has stayed in my mind ever since I read it a few years ago. I think it had such an. Elizabeth Bowen. +. Mysterious Kôr. Full moonlight drenched the city and searched it; there was not a niche left ro stand in. The effect was remorseless.

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I’ve read that the whole story is set in some kind of purgatory, I’ve read that none of it is real and that it’s happening in one of the character’s imaginations and I’ve read that the main character of the story is the moon. Refresh and try again.

I am really glad you posted on this story. The character of Callie was even more confusing.

A perfect life which is away from the bomb-ridden streets of London during wartime. Nelly added it Feb 10, Dec 01, Kirsty Hanson rated it it was ok Shelves: I read this short story about ten times and still came no closer to what Bowen was trying to tell us. Now I know it. Lists with This Book. Kendall Berdinsky rated it really liked it Mar 14, Fern added it Dec 02, I need to read this story soon.

She worked as an air raid warden, patrolling the streets at night making sure everyone had their blackout curtains up and were in shelters. Kor has a powerful hold on Pepita and I think the story suggests why she needs this inward symbol of emptiness and timelessness during the chaos and deprivations of the war. Caroline rated it liked it May 03, Sara Nilsen added it Jul 27, Sana Kapur added it May 13, For me, the characters fell flat and the storyline seemed pointless. Bowen uses the moon as a symbol of how three different people have three different ideas of what their ‘safe-space’ is like.


Preview — Mysterious Kor by Elizabeth Bowen. The setting is the city at night, at the entrance to a park, near an Underground station from which Pepita emerges with Arthur, a soldier home on leave from the war.

I think it had such an impact on me because of two things: Want to Read saving…. Kor, on the other hand, is vast and can be explored endlessly in dreams. Anne Oftedahl marked it as to-read Nov 23, Do y This little story was given me as a translation assignment. A very important part of the interior life of Elizabeth Bowen comes for her love of the novel by Henry Rider Haggard, She, which is elizabeeth in good part in the mysterious city of Kor.

She elizabeyh very concerned with doing what is proper, while Pepita is more restless. The way people are described in this story is also unusual; they look at each other without expression or seem to move mechanically, obeying commands. As I said, in addition to the wonderful setting, the relationships between the characters also made the story memorable for me.

Rider Haggard, the source for the city of Kor.

Mysterious Kor by Elizabeth Bowen

Pepita imagines it as a world that she and Arthur would have all to themselves. I found the most striking aspect kof the story to be the stunning descriptions of the moonlit night and how they manage to hint at the atmosphere of London during the Second World War. You are commenting using your Twitter account. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


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EsmeRose rated it liked it Oct 09, This book was an important part of the interior life of Elizabeth Bowen. I can mysteriuos where all of these points begin to make sense but for me, what happens in this story is to be taken at face value. The elizabsth revolves around fleeting but personal conversations, showing how intimacy can be created in the crowded wartime city, as Arthur wonders why Pepita is so haunted by the city of Kor. Sarah Elliman added it Oct 30, Dec 24, Egemen Ipek rated it it was ok.

Mysterious Kor

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Oct 05, Sanaa Hyder rated it it was ok. Elliot added it Dec 02, Mysterious Kor conveys the way in which people were forced together during wartime. Kimberly rated it really liked it Sep 28, Rachel Hackett marked it as to-read Nov 19, Notify me of new comments via email.