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Her mother has recently passed away, and every evening she returns to a vast, outdated Maida Vale flat where she is attended by the ageing family maid, Nancy. Mar 27, Paul Fulcher rated it really liked it Shelves: The themes have an exotic flavour these days, they smell of an irretrievable past.

Frances is nowhere near as candid or, frankly, zt scatological as Eileen, but the two characters talk so nakedly of their own unhappiness, inner turmoil and longing for more that at some points they could be speaking with one voice. She grows anxious then descends into depression which then settles into a steady equilibrium. I never wanted to see b again The sensitive and intelligent and weak are preyed upon by the unintelligent and strong; profoundly private women elect, for their own purposes, to build their lives around the absent men who hardly know them.

And I would have no knowledge of it. Being prone to hyperbole I worry broookner I oversell things.

naita Brookner persistently and I suspect deliberately violates one of fiction’s allegedly inviolable rules: So it does share that similarity but is much more introspective and contemplative. The author is also highly educated and writes from the viewpoint that her reader is too.

But then Fanny is taken up by a young psychiatrist and his wife, Nick and Olivia Forbes–a dazzling couple, both separately and together: Gerald will have to forgive me for quoting a passage I already sent to him: By a supreme irony, my control is so great that these crises remain unknown to the rest of broojner world, and so I am thought to be unfeeling. Otherwise, it could be set in the early s or mids, and the book it most reminded me of was Claude Houghton’s I Am Jonathan Scrivener I am famous for my control, which has seen a through many crises.


Look at Me, by Anita Brookner

She wants to say it, but feels it would be against her propriety beliefs. I would give my entire output of words, past, present, and to come, in exchange for easier access to the world, for permission to state ‘I hurt’ or zt hate’ or ‘I want. This has doomed her to the role of observer, a circumstance she’s tried to work to her advantage by crafting those perceptions into stories.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? She works as an archivist at the library with her best friend Olivia, who wears a neck brace and walks with a hobble, since a car accident years ago.

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And writing is the enemy of forgetfulness, of thoughtlessness. Despite her own situation, she is moved to horror by the loneliness of others, showing little sympathy. Except the gauzy cover. Where Eileen has her inscrutable ‘death mask’, Frances has her manners: Frankly, I had forgotten it was on the list. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here When I feel swamped in my solitude and hidden by it, physically obscured by it, rendered invisible, in fact, writing is my way of piping up.

Being an observer in these matters does not always help one. You are commenting using your WordPress.

I’d still recommend Hotel du Lac as where to start with Brookner, with this ay a good choice for those wanting more of her work. Not so fast, young Blaise.

And this from the Washington Post: View all 11 comments. But it is through her association one can hardly call it friendship with the Frasers that Frances meets James Anstey, and the love she has longed for seems, at last, a real possibility. I do actually really like not knowing very much about a book before I start it.


She has much in common with Brookner but the most important thing is that she is a writer and as such an obsessive observer of people. Ar found Look At Me so devastatingly bt about loneliness, longing, having an acute awareness of how others see you, and the exquisite pain of dashed hope.

Fannie’s story is swift and intense, but it doesn’t differ much from the typical person’s experience. Then there’s Nick Fraser. They draw her into their tight circle of friends.

The novels of the first decades have stronger stories and more characters, more happens. If there isn’t someone on the other side to pick up even for a moment, the feeling of dread es too big. Dec 19, Jim rated it it was anifa. None have come even close to living up to the first, “Hotel Du Lac”.

This early novel by Brookner is about Frances Hinton, mr not-young woman who works in the broonker library of a medical research institute and does not like to be called Fanny. The worst thing that a man can do to a woman is to make her feel unimportant.

I did not need them; I simply wanted to kill the day. They merely thought themselves sensible.

If they were ever looking for a tour guide for the Sahara Desert they should give this lady a ring. She is a bit of a monster. You feel if you want to tell Frances to wake up. I am very orderly, and Spartan in my habits. Open Preview See a Problem? It’s more mood piece than novel, filled with carefully chosen words and phrases.

Naturally, brooknrr corrupts James.