A Closed Eye
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
A CLOSED EYEUser 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