♥ Book Title : Understanding Anita Brookner
☯ Full Synopsis : "Understanding Anita Brookner examines the undeniably bleak view of the world in Brookner's fiction and the solitary protagonists whose faith in a better world is both their tragedy and their beauty. Cheryl Alexander Malcolm acquaints the reader with Brookner's distinguished career (first as an eminent art critic and historian, then as a writer), critical acclaim and awards, London birth and lifelong residence, and Polish Jewish family background. She examines the limited range of literary forms with which Brookner contents herself, and illustrates Brookner's recurrent point of view, characterized by traditional British values - understatement, deference to authority, and acceptance of a class system."Article| Cheryl Alexander Malcolm| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Art and life in the novels of Anita Brookner
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book treats all of Brookner's twenty-two short novels as one monolithic fiction. The autobiographical element in this controversial author's fiction is taken as a starting point to explore the complex interplay of art and life. Autobiography, as a form of emplotment of life, is the creative matrix governing the whole oeuvre, which is realistically rooted in time and space. The study draws on narrative theory, contemporary theories of fiction and recent feminist and ethical criticism. It shows how Brookner's work combines and opposes both realistic and modernist modes of writing and their philosophical underpinnings. The novels, too often misread as anti-feminist and resolutely pre-modern, appear to be more essentially postmodern than is usually acknowledged, through a heightened awareness of the role played by narrative in constructing our sense of reality and of self. The pervasive intertextuality, habitually ignored or taken to be simply a form of intellectual snobbery, is the key to understanding how the novels tackle questions of moral life as encoded in narrative discourse and fine art. In addressing the questions of how life should have been lived, Brookner's self-reflexive and ironical fiction subversively rewrites the traditional moral codes embodied in romance and which have determined the behaviour of women. Finally, this study examines the function of writing as a performative act and the role played by repetition."Article| Eileen Williams-Wanquet| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : "In the Open"
☯ Full Synopsis : "This collection of twelve essays. on Jewish women writers and British culture breaks new ground in the fields of both women's studies and Jewish studies. For the first time a variety of British women writers from across the twentieth century are brought together and considered through the lens of their Jewish back-ground. The surprising result is to reveal unsuspected connections between authors as diverse as the cross-dressing actress Naomi Jacob and the former professor of Art History at the Courtauld, Anita Brookner, between the Anglo-American poets Denise Levertov and Mina Loy, the Welsh Zionist novelist, Lily Tobias, and the Israeli children's writer, Lynne Reid Banks; between the translator, Elaine Feinstein, the cellist, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, and the dramatist, Diane Samuels."Article| Claire M. Tylee| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Becoming John Updike
☯ Full Synopsis : "A study of the journalistic and academic reception of the writings of one of the great American writers of the late twentieth century."Article| Laurence W. Mazzeno| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Booker book
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♥ Book Title : Latecomers
☯ Full Synopsis : "'No man is free of his own history' Hartmann and Fibich came to England on the kindertransport. As orphans of the war they were strangers in a strange land. Together, they survived. And in adulthood they have been unable to separate, sharing a successful business. Yet Hartmann's carefully polished manners conceal the past he refuses to think about. While Fibich, a mass of fears and neuroses, can do nothing but remember. Together these two men seek to build a future from the shaky foundations of their own pasts . . . 'Like Virginia Woolf, Brookner's aim is not to draw characters in the round, but to reveal psychological reality in the deep' The Times"Article| Anita Brookner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Anita Brookner
☯ Full Synopsis : "Provides in-depth analysis of the life, works, career, and critical importance of Anita Brookner."Article| Lynn Veach Sadler| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Undue Influence
☯ Full Synopsis : "In Undue Influence, acclaimed novelist Anita Brookner proves once again that even in the most closely circumscribed of lives, hearts can venture into unknown-and potentially explosive-territory. Claire Pitt is nothing if not a practical young woman, living a life in contemporary London that is to all appearances placid, orderly and consciously lacking in surprise. And yet Claire's tangled interior life gives the lie to that illusion. She is prone to vivid speculation about the lives of others, and to fantasies about her own fate that lead her into a courtship so strange that even she wonders at its power to compel her. Martin Gibson and his chronically ill wife Cynthia come to depend on Claire to an extent that is nothing short of baffling, and yet Claire becomes ever bolder in her pursuit of their acquaintance-and, ultimately, of Martin's elusive affections. The result, a potent tale of urban loneliness and the chance intersections that assuage it, constitutes one of Brookner's finest and most psychologically acute achievements. From the Trade Paperback edition."Article| Anita Brookner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Rules of Engagement
☯ Full Synopsis : "Elizabeth and Betsy had been school friends in 1950s London. Elizabeth, prudent and introspective, values social propriety. Betsy, raised by a spinster aunt, is open, trusting, and desperate for affection. After growing up and going their separate ways, the two women reconnect later in life. Elizabeth has married kind but tedious Digby, while Betsy is still searching for love and belonging. In this deeply perceptive story, Anita Brookner brilliantly charts the resilience of a friendship tested by alienation and by jealousy over a man who seems to offer the promise of escape. From the Trade Paperback edition."Article| Anita Brookner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Critical Survey of Long Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : "Entries cover biographical information, a bibliography of writings, and a critical analysis of each author's longer works of fiction, and address long fiction written in various time periods, countries, and genres."Article| Carl Rollyson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Altered States
☯ Full Synopsis : "Standing on a railway platform in a Swiss resort town, sensibly clad in his Burberry raincoat and walking shoes, a man thinks he may be looking at the woman for whom he ruined his life many years earlier. Alan Sherwood, a quiet English solicitor, remembers back to a time when he stepped briefly out of character to indulge in a liaison with Sarah Miller, an intriguing but heartless distant relative--only to find himself in a series of absurd situations that culminated in his marriage to Sarah's clinging, childlike friend Angela. With her compassionate portrait of a man who has paid a terrible price for his folly, Anita Brookner gives us a novel that it at once harrowing and humane. In the traditions of Henry James and Thomas Mann, Altered States is a beautifully rendered tale of loneliness, guilt, and erotic obsession."Article| Anita Brookner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Bay of Angels
☯ Full Synopsis : "Despite growing up with a widowed and reclusive mother, young Zoë Cunningham retains an unshakable faith in storybook happy endings. When her mother, Anne, finally decides to remarry, Zoë is thrilled with her prospective stepfather, Simon Gould, who is not only wealthy, but also kind and generous. Simon’s affection for his new family allows Zoë to pursue what she thinks is an independent life: her own apartment in a fashionable part of London, a university education, casual affairs, and carefree holidays at Simon’s villa in Nice. When a series of unexpected calamities intervene, Zoë learns that the idyllic freedom she enjoys has come at a steep price. To preserve both her mother’s and her own sense of wellbeing, Zoë must discern the real motives of the strangers on whom she now depends, including the silent and mysterious man whose nocturnal movements have attracted her attention. From the Trade Paperback edition."Article| Anita Brookner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Look at Me
☯ Full Synopsis : "A lonely art historian absorbed in her research seizes the opportunity to share in the joys and pleasures of the lives of a glittering couple, only to find her hopes of companionship and happiness shattered."Article| Anita Brookner| Statement ..."