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Anita Brookner | Anita Brookner

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Oct.20.2011
[Contains Spoilers]   Incidents in the Rue Laugier Love passes through the young Maud Gonthier as an illness, leaving her without stamina, without immunity to the next wave of disease. Psychologically ill, she is rescued by a different kind of love, in which there is rest, in which there is...
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Oct.13.2011
[Contains Spoilers] Dolly Jane lacks charm in Dolly’s eyes. A plain scholarly child as a niece of a socialite? It will never do. Jane and Dolly cannot like one another. They have nothing in common. From Jane’s babyhood to her young adulthood, Dolly finds fault with her. The child Jane is powerless...
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Oct.03.2011
  [Contains Spoilers]   A closed eye, a closed door, a closed past. Harriet Lytton chooses them all. But at least she chooses. Once, to ease her parents’ concern for her, she married Freddie, a man near their age. And then came Jack, with whom she did not have an affair, but who breathed...
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Sep.28.2011
[Contains Spoilers] Fraud In Anna Durrant’s case, everyone expected her presence, and so she disappeared. “You see,” she said, when she made herself known, “I had become what people wanted me to be, without their ever asking me what I myself would have wanted. I decided not to be that person...
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Sep.25.2011
[Contains Spoilers] Disease is the reward of enthrallment for all but the very young - and George Bland was not so very young. He is quite old in fact, at least in the eyes of his captor. She, Katy, is twenty something - he, on the verge of retirement. Her life repels him - slovenly, unkempt,...
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Sep.24.2011
[Contains Spoliers] Brief Lives Vitam brevem esse, longam artem. In other words, it may take too long to cultivate any art, even that of monstrous self-centeredness. One may perfect it in a lifetime, if one were born that way, or at least so inclined at a very early age - but learn it in adulthood...
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Dec.05.2010
 When I was reading for a Master's Degree at Mills College some years ago, one of my Literature Courses was in Anita Brookner. I was an independent scholar after the first year, since I had moved from the Bay Area to Malibu, and therefore continued my studies with several professors, meeting...
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Jan.28.2010
 The object of dissection, literary or otherwise, is to examine the parts of a whole, and to reassess them in the expectation that their sum will yield greater insight than the undefiled original. This undertaking, however, is not quite successful in confronting Anita Brookner's work, the...