Look at me

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Pantheon Books, Apr 12, 1983 - Fiction - 192 pages
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A lonely art historian absorbed in her research seizes the opportunity to share in the joys and pleasures of the life of a glittering couple, only to find her hopes for companionship and happiness shattered

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User Review  - Roderick Hart - Goodreads

I read this book many years ago, before I started taking notes on the books I had read. I remember defacing it in several places with a yellow highlighter, ideas/expressions I liked. Since then I have ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kathy Skaggs - Goodreads

A hard book to read. You know from the beginning how it will end. The beauty of the book lies in its complete description of Frances's inner musings. In this, it never falters. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
21
Section 3
37
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About the author (1983)

Anita Brookner is a novelist whose forte is the meticulous examination of the lives of unremarkable women. She portrays the women with dignity and tolerance. Brookner generates novels of intellectual and emotional compulsion. Brookner's novels evoke a near contemporary, Barbara Pym, and the tradition of Jane Austin and Charlotte Bronte. But they reflect the realities of a generation later than that of Pym. For Brookner, a simple, pacific femininity no longer provides a respite from a danger that lurks throughout her world. Unhappiness, which Pym's characters bear with resignation, torments Brookner's sensibility. Hotel du Lac (1984) won the Booker Prize and remains Brookner's most acclaimed work. Cunning and formal in tenor, it probes the repressed secrets and fragile psychological condition of a writer, Edith Hope, who is recovering from the external world's threats and bruises and trying to reconcile the life of human passions with the life of the artist. Critics have rated the novel as one of the most important works in the genre of Kunstlerroman for the late modern period. A professor of art history, Brookner has taught at Cambridge University and the Cortauld Institute where she specialized in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century painting. In addition to her fiction, Brookner has written scholarly works about Jacques Louis David, Jean Baptiste Greuze, and Jean-Antoine Watteau.

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