A Closed Eye

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 15, 2012 - Fiction - 272 pages
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In A Closed Eye, Anita Brookner explores, with compassionate insight and stylistic brilliance, the self-inflicted paradoxes in the life of Harriet Lytton, a woman whose powers of submissiveness and self-denial are suddenly tested by the dizzying prospect of sexual awakening.

In Harriers gallant struggle with the single great temptation that comes her way, Brookner creates a hauntingly flawed heroine and a study in the evasions and disappointments that make up all our lives.

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User Review  - snash - LibraryThing

This story is like Henry James or Virginia Wolfe in that it's 10% action and 90% the thoughts, dreams, fears, and anxieties of the characters. Part way through I wasn't sure about it but it grew on me as I finished it and then afterwards. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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. An only child with an unprepossessing ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Anita Brookner was born in London and, apart from several years in Paris, has lived there ever since. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988.

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