Look at Me [Anita Brookner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A lonely art historian absorbed in her research seizes the opportunity to. I had such a mistaken idea about Anita Brookner’s novels, until I picked up Julian Barnes remembers his friend Anita Brookner: ‘There was no one remotely like her’ . ‘Look at Me’, her third novel, is my personal favorite. Look At Me () by Anita Brookner Frances Hinton is an introspective woman, ‘ loyal and well-behaved and uncritical’, with aspirations to.

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However, many of the brookned books” of the canon are about introspective men. Alix in particular treats Frances like a child might treat a pet, displaying her to friends, openly mocking her in supposedly affectionate fashion, and forgetting her altogether when she’s bored. Fortunately, I am not a hysterical person.

Look at Me by Anita Brookner

Not quite as difficult as James, but do expect some serpentine syntax that occasionally requires parsing to fully understand. June 19, at 6: Of reminding people that I am here. It feels like the blood rising, the heart beating faster, and it has the reader seeing aniga multiple points of view simultaneously. The novel is crafted beautifully and the prose wonderful to read. But too brooknfr, Frances realises that she may be only a play thing, to be picked up and discarded once used.

At the center of the novel is Frances Hinton who hates to be called Fanny, likes to write and works in a medical library.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you anjta to read. Alix also has depression. But eventually, very cruelly, when Fanny proves not effervescent enough she’s a sober, careful woman who hopes one day to write a satirical novelNick and Olivia find James another lover more suited to their thirst for stimulation.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. For once a thing is known, it can never be unknown. Recommended to readers who like character-driven stories where you don’t necessarily love the characters, and also to readers who appreciate a book that forces them to slow down and read every sentence.

It is when I think about this that I congratulate myself on not being in love with anyone. Also, this novel got me thinking about how it sounds like chick-lit when described bec I think I’ve discovered a new ahita author!

The background characters are always vivid and fully formed another thing I love about Brookner. I did not have to strive for his attention, I did brookher have to abandon everything when he appeared, I did not have to squander all my resources at a sign from him. I get things wrong, you see.

Look at Me

Complementing personalities, perfect chemistry, and never fighting, except for playfully. Newer Post Older Post Home. She made it sound funny and qnita, and I felt better about it, and they have called me Fanny or Little Orphan Fanny. Frances Hinton is a London woman whose aged mother has recently died.

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By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Also, this novel got me thinking about how it sounds like chick-lit when described because it is about a very introspective woman. I’ve only just started reading Brookner, and this wasn’t one of my favourites I much prefer Hotel du Lac, and Family and Friendsbut ke does still have of course Brookner’s wonderful writing.


Face up and sing. And this from the Washington Post: Brookner notates the ritual of domestic habit like an anthropologist: The only true way to see it through a page is by reading Anita Brookner, the master of loneliness.

There’s ms much in the way of plot – it’s all about interpersonal relations, friendship, how we choose to live our lives, loneliness, the chance of romance – but once I got into it, the book was hard to put down. I have used this taster idea for a new way of trying more authors again recently.

Only literary, set in England, and This book was upsetting, but really good.

These days people will tap their cellphone the minute they feel it. Brookner is on fine form well after the initial hurdle in this book and everything after the awkward start makes up for it without question. What saves this book is that as usual Anita Brookner broonker a masterful writer, especially and characterization. I just reread it and I was surprised how well I remembered it.

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