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The fact that I simply can’t remember if it is written in first, second or third person is telling as I read it only a few days ago and can’t picture it in my mind. Edith establishes a routine of writing and spending time with the other guests. There are hints of a mistake she has made, ending in her retreat either a rejuvenation or a running away in this fine but non-flashy hotel in Switzerland.

Highly recommended to those who love the exercise of language skillfully selected and woven. In this world we swim slowly in a social fishtank constantly judging and appraising each other’s sexual, sartorial, social and financial status. Prince charming or none at all will do. For I am not to be allowed my lapse, as if I were an artless girl, she thought; and why should I be?

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Hotel Du Lac is a treat. Neville was just too artificial for me.

But I discovered it didn’t live up to the cryptic and austere opening chapters, where I found myself oddly relishing the elegant stasis. For something so short, it asks big questions about ideals and compromises.

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So her friends suggest that she take a change of scenery, another way of saying, get out of town for awhile. Hotel du Lac seems like a book from the ss, not the hitel. After all, she has never missed a deadline.

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Is this feature helpful? T he themes are familiar ones: At least maybe in this plush hotel in the offseason, she can find some beookner characters who will add flesh to her characters in a novel. Which comparison is more accurate? It’s a life without justice. I finished it, but it really didn’t give a good conclusion.

Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

T he social engagement, she says, warming to the subject, always filled her with anxiety. After pages and pages of delightfully painful getting-to-know-you small talk the characters suddenly seem to know each other far too well. Stay in Touch Sign up. And that information will provide me with material for reflection.

Among other things, Brookner focuses on character and the distinct nature of the woman alone and the way she is seen by society, in a sometimes delightfully dry, beautiful prose. Do you find this assessment to be accurate? When, inshe accepted a French government scholarship to study at the Ecole brooknr Louvre in Paris, her parents, furious, cut her off. She meekly agrees to a ‘holiday’ at a small hotel in Switzerland while the scandal dies down I loved it, even though it is way outside the genres I read and enjoy.

That last comment wasn’t intended as a negative She writes cleanly, with precision, and with beautiful word choices. From Wikipedia, the free ru. What could she possibly have done?

Brookner answers questions with the utmost precision and, often, the utmost brevity, with nothing more than a word or sentence or two. Topics Man Booker prize Books blog.

My father gave me every volume of Dickens, one for Christmas, one for my birthday, until I’d read the lot. She almost accepts him. She would be seen as a successful single woman, with no need of a dk to place her. And what of those women who are neither maiden, wife, nor crone?


I can understand their position, although I’m not all that sympathetic. She is invisible, adapting herself to others, and pitied by them for apparently being ‘unwanted by a man’. Presumably my grand-father brought him from Poland.

A central protagonist who is invariably a highly intelligent, usually emotionally reserved woman and very occasionally man of a certain age, in search of happiness and social acceptance; the widening gulf between expectation and fulfilment; the inevitable defection of friends and lovers; whether brooknr safe life is preferable to a reckless one.

I enjoyed the character of Edith very much!! So she gets away to Switzerland, and the luxurious Hotel du Lac. S he was an only child, but the house was seldom empty. If so, is this apparent only when we look at her letters to David? Which is a shame. Her father had forgiven her by then; she had a career, a salary, a standing.

See all reviews. Neville, in spite of his failure to win her over to abita way of thinking, nonetheless influence her in making her adjust her ideas of happiness in the direction of his own? I am not a romantic. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.