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I could see Edith patting my hand with the proper amount of sympathy, serving me some hot tea, and some of her plain cooking while we chatted amiably under a lattice garden shade.
This page was last edited on 12 Novemberat Want to Read saving…. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. There is the unspoken sense that she is withdrawing.
I did get the scream at one point, which, for me, was the highlight of the book because it seemed like the author knew the impression she was creating and then joked about it with the reader. Not the getting married part, but the getting married to the man who quite possibly might stupefy her to death.
Is his very inaccessibility part of the attraction? Is her willingness to be commandeered by Mrs. Simpler use of words in the beginning would have been better.
For a long time afterwards Brookner produced a novel a year with clockwork regularity — the first glimmer of summer, a new Brookner — the fruits of what she wrily calls ‘displacement activity’. What an upset, right? A rt provided another world. After bittersweet interactions with other hotel members, she begins to s I am sorry I waited so long to read a book by the great British author, Anita Brookner. Not that that isn’t extremely well-established by now.
The cult of themselves. I’m almost sure the title of this book is a pun which gets it points from me; I can’t resist a pun as every character in the book, especially the protagonist, is definitely lacking something or other.
Or I just expected too much from this book because I first read and tremendously enjoyed that Ballard? Lxc withdrawn, and doesn’t fit with her “friends. Hotel du Lac – Anita Brookner.
What longed-for things does she give up? That knowing smile again. After pages and pages of delightfully painful getting-to-know-you small talk the characters suddenly seem to know each other far too well. How does the letter announcing her engagement to Neville differ from the earlier ones in tone and content? She doesn’t need a ‘good catch’. The person who thinks seriously about life, Brookner’s books suggest, who proceeds cautiously and conscientiously, will be punished for their virtue, end up alone and dissatisfied, while the person who takes a wholly unreflecting and rather selfish view of life pays no price for it.
Anita Brookner, the final interview: ‘praise is irrelevant’
And another one bites the dust. Happy as a clam! View all 8 comments. B rookner, she remembers, was an elegant, stylish figure, always beautifully dressed. He is married and has a family that he does not intend to leave.
Booker club: Hotel du Lac | Books | The Guardian
What does Virginia Woolf represent to Edith? And this is where it gets a little uncertain. And I loved the conversation! Liz Calder, who as an editor at Jonathan Cape published Brookner’s first six books, remembers that when A Start in Life was first sent in by Brookner’s agent, a publisher’s reader recommended it should be rejected.
I enjoyed the character of Edith very much!! Instead, she ends up absorbed in the lives of her fellow guests, especially elderly Mrs. In her dealings with Monica and with Iris and Jennifer Pusey, Edith adopts the stance of an ironic observer who sees all the grotesque elements of the people around her. Amazing to capture that instant, that image. The novel is about a woman who is exiled to a Swiss hotel to let things die down after a scandal.
You sense the absence of visitors. I think she knew of what she wrote. At the time that was a cause of great sadness, certainly.
It was all nice. We hope that they will give you a number of interesting angles from which to consider this elegant, deceptively simple novel, which has become a classic in the years since its publication. I admire that Brookner resolutely avoids sunshiny, transcendent revelations, instead attempting something more difficult and diffuse even though I remain, I admit, not entirely convinced.
I did enjoy it, I read it in one sitting, I found it very easy to see where the plot was going but I have no dire criticism of it.
Brookner, who once described her ambition as ‘to be unnoticed’, rarely gives interviews — has not given one, as far as I can tell, for some 12 years. But as things start to get brighter for the heroine, they unfortunately get duller for the reader.