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Anita Brookner – Today’s Answer To Jane Austen

When I kept seeing the author Anita Brookner on lists of recommended books, I decided it was time I read her. The winner of the Booker Prize for Hotel du Lac, Brookner has been dubbed a modern day Jane Austen. Real Simple magazine recently suggested her 512JZ3NDLrL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_ her Brief Lives on its list of summer reads, and Rumaan Alam in her article for the New York Times  – In Praise of Anita Brookner  – offered a starter kit for her books:

The Debut The novelist’s first work opens with a brilliant line — “Dr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature.” — and establishes the themes that Brookner would revisit over the years.

5130EEigw6L._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Hotel du Lac Her best-known work (which received the Booker Prize in something of an upset) is about a romance novelist on holiday in Switzerland.

Look At Me My favorite of Brookner’s books is about a librarian whom no one seems to see, and contains what must be literature’s most depressing office holiday party.

Dolly This story of a young woman and her elderly, quite monstrous aunt surprises by showing how family bonds can endure over the years.

Fraud A woman of a certain age goes missing. This beautiful book isn’t a thriller but a fantasy for anyone who’s dreamed of leaving an unfulfilling reality behind.

So, here I go, immersing myself in a writer. Have you read any of Brookner’s books?

2 thoughts on “Anita Brookner – Today’s Answer To Jane Austen

  1. I have read Hotel Du Lac, and wrote a review on it. I’ve also read Brief Lives, plus I think one more but it was quite a while ago. I enjoy her writing, but she is not an author I can binge read – her prose is thought-provoking, quiet yet powerful. I savour her writing, rather than devour.

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