Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Anita Brookner

I just read Dolly, sometimes also titled A Family Romance. Wonderful prose, detailed observation, and although this is certainly a quiet novel, I was fully entertained the whole time.

Anita Brookner won the Booker (say that three times quickly) in 1984 for Hotel Du Lac, and continues to produce a novel every two or three years. And I continue to read them. I get in a particular mood, and nothing else will satisfy. No, she is not the modern Jane Austen. She has her own very distict style, and it is not warm. But she has compassion for her characters. If I must compare her to anyone, it would be to Chekhov, for her acurate characters, and her understanding of fragile connections.

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