Search Results: "Anita Brookner"


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INCIDENTS IN THE RUE LAUGIER by Anita Brookner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 1996

"Classic Brookner with a twist."
Brookner's newest heroine is undone by passion instead of by the withering passivity that the author usually chronicles in such unfailingly revelatory detail (A Private View, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2006

"Written for those who already share the author's point of view, not for the larger number of Americans somewhere between his extremism and that of and the Christian right."
A less-than-convincing warning that the Christian right is trying to set up a theocracy in the United States. Read full book review >

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DOLLY by Anita Brookner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"So: another memorably expressed but cramped vision of isolated women in a hostile world."
Brookner's latest (after Fraud, 1993, etc.) is a portrait of two women, an aunt and her niece, polar opposites; as usual, the mood is autumnal, verging on wintry. Read full book review >

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BRIEF LIVES by Anita Brookner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1991

"Brookner's portrait of a woman adrift in a comfortless world, where the hourglass never stops running, chills to the bone: it is as harrowing, and as unsparing, as the work of the great Jean Rhys."
``The late afternoon is my bad time, when the light goes. Read full book review >

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STRANGERS by Anita Brookner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2009

"Free to do nothing, a retiree bores himself and others, including the reader."
Brookner (Leaving Home, 2006, etc.) tells the story of bookish retiree Paul Sturgis. Read full book review >

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A CLOSED EYE by Anita Brookner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"The singular attention that Brookner pays to her love-starved protagonist is as impressive as ever, but the lack of events, plus Harriet's inability to change, does the novel in: you can't make bricks without straw."
Another of Brookner's elegiac tales of a wasted life: Harriet Lytton is the latest in a long line of Brookner protagonists too timid to stake their claim. Read full book review >

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A PRIVATE VIEW by Anita Brookner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"Life as it too often is, but Brookner infuses defeat with a sort of exhilarating grandeur."
With her usual bleak but discerning sympathy for the emotionally maimed, Brookner (Dolly, 1994, etc.) explores the struggles of just-retired George Bland, who lacks ``the necessary folly'' to live life to the full at last. Read full book review >

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MAKING THINGS BETTER by Anita Brookner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

"Sparely written and psychologically astute, as always, from an author who apparently agrees with Herz that 'maturity rarely brought cheering insights.'"
Another intelligent, emotionally wounded protagonist muses on a life consumed by others' expectations in Brookner's 21st novel (after The Bay of Angels, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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UNDUE INFLUENCE by Anita Brookner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Yet, ultimately, they seem in the service here of a theme that she, on the basis of this dry, unmoving book, may finally have exhausted."
This 19th novel by Brookner (Falling Slowly,1999, etc.) suggests that the prolific author may have mined as much as possible from her most persistent theme. Read full book review >

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VISITORS by Anita Brookner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Signaling profound upheaval with the slightest turn of phrase and imparting wisdom through the most trivial detail, Brookner continues her long, nuanced look at human isolation."
In another quietly brilliant gem, the incomparably subtle Brookner (Altered States, 1997, etc.) puts soft, revealing touches on the face of loneliness as only the elderly know it. Read full book review >

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LATECOMERS by Anita Brookner
Released: March 13, 1989

"Latecomers" refers to adults who've had a bad start in life, and Brookner comes up with four of them, neatly grouped into two couples, in this latest of the intricately observed and meticulously mannered novels that have made her one of England's most popular writers. Read full book review >

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SOUNDINGS by Anita Brookner
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"The cumulative effect of Brookner's critical boldness is less heavy-handed and overbearing than fiercely, even warmly pedagogical. (3 b&w illustrations)"
An opinionated, if somewhat professorial, collection of essays on French art and literature by the Booker Prize—winning novelist and art historian. Read full book review >