READERS GUIDE. The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your reading of Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac. In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her international reputation, Anita Brookner finds a new vocabulary for framing the eternal. Hotel Du Lac [Anita Brookner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her.

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Anira to capture that instant, that image. Why I read this: The hotel itself is a character, as are the people working and staying there.

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Preparing a meal together. She prefers the company of men yet has none as platonic friends for interesting conversations and only feels able to confide in one ex-lover married throughout their involvement in a series of unsent letters.

This could even be a portrait of a sort of mild depression, but one more likely to induce same in some readers than to give any insight. She received a B. How does this manifest itself in the text? I get the sense he was a good-hearted man. He slept on the floor at the factory. This novel is about love, solitude and what it means to be a woman in this modern age. I’m talking about the ultra-feminine.


Socially, I was never a star. The first forty or so pages, while beautifully written, were a tad tough to meander through at times. Instead, she ends up absorbed in the lives of hotep fellow guests, especially elderly Mrs.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. After bittersweet interactions with other hotel members, she begins to sort out who she really is. Stay in Touch Sign up. It’s such a simple, slow tale that really doesn’t go anywhere.

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It’s hard to take Edith and her world entirely seriously from this point on and the ending, although elegant and enjoyably provocative, doesn’t quite ring true. Some have described it as a romantic story – a love story even – but I felt it was almost the opposite. Alc apeish they are till twenty-and-one, And after than lions till forty be gone.

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Having drifted into accepting a widower’s proposal, she has ji Hotel du Lac won the Booker and it is superb. It is ‘the great dividing line. I remember thinking; she’s not actually dying, she’s quite anxious to be thin.

See all reviews. Like this lovely, melancholy woman: But, in fact, the rest of the book left me rather cold.


Apr 08, Irene rated it really liked it. She reads — ‘every new novel that anitx out’, journalism, the newspapers. A novel that seems to play out like some forgotten old black and white European film projected a few frames a second slower than it should be, so every gesture and every word seems to bear a heavy, languorous weight.

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She has a pleasant home and a settled life which brings quiet satisfactions: And what about us? Bad women never take the blame brokkner anything. A sofa, an armchair, a coffee table. A ‘friend’ — the word is wrung out to drip with sarcasm — ratted on her to The Times.

Newsweek “Distinctive, spellbinding…elegant but passionate, funny but oddly earnest…. Her small pleasures and the identity she has suddenly seem more valuable.

I should have ended it there. There was no answer, nor hotrl her telephone.