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eBook Brief Lives ePub

by Anita Brookner

  • ISBN: 0140145516
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Anita Brookner
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Open Market Ed edition (1991)
  • Pages: 224
  • ePub book: 1251 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1995 kb
  • Other: rtf mbr mobi lit
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 207

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Praise for Anita Brookner’s BRIEF LIVES A stunning writer. Edna O’Brien Unusually intelligent. This is an extraordinary book. The lives portrayed in this novel radiate considerable strength and poignancy. Brookner fans will feel at home.

Praise for Anita Brookner’s BRIEF LIVES A stunning writer. Brookner’s flair for irony gives this story its bite. Anita Brookner has once again given us a novel manages to address the largest of human concerns with resplendent complexity. Exquisitely detailed, so that every line drawn is sharp and well-define. rilliantly achieved.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. With this novel, Booker Prize-winning author Anita Brookner confirms her reputation as an unparalleled observer of social nuance and deeply felt longings. Brief Lives chronicles an unlikely friendship: that between the flamboyant.

Anita Brookner CBE (16 July 1928 – 10 March 2016) was an English award-winning novelist and art historian. She was Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge from 1967 to 1968 and was the first woman to hold this visiting professorship. She was awarded the 1984 Man Booker Prize for her novel Hotel du Lac. Brookner was born in Herne Hill, a suburb of London.

Each day was like the last, so that, unusually for England, one could rely on a continuity that had something prodigious about it. The effect on our vitality was also prodigious. The effect on our vitality was also prodigious o the sun before six o’clock and drank our early cup of tea at the window, gazing out at that astonishing light. I would see Owen off to work, rejoicing in the long day ahead of me: I could not wait to get out. My shopping gave me pleasure

SUMMARY: Frances Hinton is shy and clever.

SUMMARY: Frances Hinton is shy and clever. By day she works in a medical library and every evening she goes back to the solitude of her London flat to write fiction. When she is adopted by Nick and his wife, she is ripe to begin her sentimental education. By the author of "Brief Lives" and "Hotel du Lac". After twenty years of marriage Blanche Vernon is alone; abandoned by her husband Bertie for a childishly demanding computer expert named Mousie.

Электронная книга "Brief Lives", Anita Brookner Brief Lives chronicles an unlikely friendship: that between the flamboyant, monstrously egocentric Julia and the modest, self-effacing Fay, who is at once fascinated an. .

Электронная книга "Brief Lives", Anita Brookner. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "Brief Lives" для чтения в офлайн-режиме. Brief Lives chronicles an unlikely friendship: that between the flamboyant, monstrously egocentric Julia and the modest, self-effacing Fay, who is at once fascinated and appalled by Julia's excesses.

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Автор: Brookner, Anita Название: Brief Lives Издательство: Random House (USA) Классификация . With her compassionate portrait of a man who has paid a terrible price for his folly, Anita Brookner gives us a novel that it at once harrowing and humane.

With her compassionate portrait of a man who has paid a terrible price for his folly, Anita Brookner gives us a novel that it at once harrowing and humane.

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Comments

Arashilkis Arashilkis
Not a favorite, as for the first time in my reading of 18 of her books, I became aware of some predictability and silliness in her character. But AB's writing is do well crafted, I dismiss the moments, most if them in the last chapters of the book. I have three more of her books to read and I am eager to get to them.
Tygralbine Tygralbine
Anita Brookner is among the best fiction writers of our time. That said, her efforts in 'Brief Lives' feel less compelling than her norm. There is the usual brilliant prose, which is one of the joys of reading her -- just to be in the company of one in such command of the English language. And it is also a treat to be respected as a reader in the nuances of realized consciousness in her primary characters, also a trademark. However, in the case of Fay Langdon, the central voice of "Brief Lives," the inner self-analysis that takes place feels 'off'. Fay is one of Brookner's stock-in-trade 'muted' personalities, set off against the more robust and colorful Julia, with whom she shares a 'like-hate' relationship. But in the case of Fay there is an episode of moral turpitude that mars her image and undermines our sympathy. We, as readers, tend not to judge Brookner's people since they are so adept and even obsessive in judging themselves. Yet In Fay's case there is a jarring disconnect in her justification of an adulterous relationship. While she expresses shame at times, her primary focus is on how this episode affects her overall life experience, as if it were less a moral infraction than an opportunity she could not avoid. Passivity in her case is not just a wearisome flaw, but an enabler of wrong doing. This rationalization breaks the spell that Brookner relies upon to keep her reader in sympathy -- or at least intimately engaged -- with the inner life of her protagonist. And since the verisimilitude of the narrative depends upon the acceptance of this connection, the break with it is a serious flaw in the overall effect of the tale.

More generally, I find Brooker's novels to be an oasis in the arid of modern fiction. This is because of the journey we take that is so rare and which, though seemingly about restricted and repressed human beings, is actually about the way words can mount layers of meaning upon meaning, creating a complex multi-hued tapestry of the human condition. In this regard it is fair to say that -- like Winston Churchill -- she weaponizes the English language. It is a wondrous joy to experience such a sustained and reliable mental realm, simply to be in her company. That said, it has often perplexed me why this writer is so preoccupied with illness and most particularly with the onset of old age, remarking in exacting detail the loss of beauty, identity, and purpose. These passages feel overwritten, clouding the skies above her brightly defined characters with gratuitous doom and gloom.
Wohald Wohald
The author's name need not be displayed on the cover of this novel, so much in evidence are the standard Brooknerian themes and features: the professional invalid, whom one suspects of being desperately in need of wide open windows and a good brisk walk; the eternal cups of tea, ever being brewed in cozy kitchens as substitutes for life; the divining eye of the narrator, which eerily registers the thoughts and desires of characters without often resorting to illustrative dialogue and action. It would be difficult to like many of the characters in this novel; they are far too autistic for friendship, far too myopically bent on crashing their luxury liner selves into the shimmering icebergs of life. But in Fay Langdon we have a particularly puzzling person. On Hallowe'en she would have to go out dressed as a gigantic question mark, for her whole existence poses a problem: what happens to people who choose dedication to mediocrity instead of actively pursuing things that really matter to them? Fay spends all her years waiting for someone to come along and make her happy, and the idea never seems to occur to her that she might actually come up with meaningful activities and goals of her own. In addition to being an especially enjoyable way to pass some time, this book is also a provocative and cautionary tale. Its message? The person who settles for kissing frogs may turn into one herself, and never find that prince.
Anarasida Anarasida
I'm sorry but when is one ever really in need of a cautionary tale to avoid becoming vapid or poisonous? I can't for the life of me find any reason to continue turning the pages of this novel as there is nothing compelling about the characters, plot or setting nor any foreseeable redemption to be delivered. I can appreciate the talents of a writer more when I don't feel as if I am suffering just to finish the book.
Atineda Atineda
To read this book is to endure. Awful is the first word that comes to mind. Tedious, sickly, and painful to read. Without charm, wit or humor, this book plods forward without going anywhere. Giving this book the Booker award is like giving a blue ribbon to the patient with the biggest tumor. Don't waste your time.
Ubrise Ubrise
I could not get past page 25. So boring. I like most of her other books but man, back to the library I go ugh.
Arcanefire Arcanefire
I am a long time fan of Ms. Brookner's books. Brief Lives is a fine step in her exploration of the way people get along with one another. Her heroines are often lonely and cerebral yet never weak. I suggest this book to anyone who wants more than the danielle steele fare so prevalent these days.