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eBook Family and Friends ePub

by Anita Brookner

  • ISBN: 0671626841
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Anita Brookner
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pocket (March 1, 1986)
  • Pages: 203
  • ePub book: 1158 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1155 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 823

Description

Family and Friends book. A likable book about unlikable people.

Family and Friends book. Anita Brookner is an excellent writer, and even the most mundane of occurrences were interesting and had me thinking of the book for longer than I usually do. I may or may not have made a little dysfunctional Sims 4 family of the main family.

This is my first Anita Brookner book and I have complex feelings about this book. It is very depressing and written in such an arid style that I find myself flipping to the back to see how much further I have left to read. Normally, I love reading books about families and their "issues" but this family is so normal that I find myself wondering what their issues were. I ended this book with a dejected feeling ~~ is that all to this book? I will read another Brookner book before I give up on her.

Anita Brookner itness to a life of ease which is no longer appropriate. One afternoon, Sofka has been disturbed by a sound of voices at the front door, and then by the housekeeper asking her if she will come. Sofka, surprised, has gone to the door and has seen there, standing patiently on the step, a woman who seems vaguely familiar.

Family and Friends opens with a wedding photograph, a group of family and friends in the 1920s, Sophia Dorn .

Family and Friends opens with a wedding photograph, a group of family and friends in the 1920s, Sophia Dorn – always called by the diminutive Sofka – her eldest son; Frederick, the pride and joy, her daughters; Mimi and Betty all in white, while Alfred the youngest and favourite sat crossed legged at the front with assorted other children. A war has come and gone, barely mentioned by Brookner, although Sofka understood the dangerous times when a woman she knew vaguely once, appears at the door selling lace.

Family and Friends will appeal to readers who like the clean, spare prose which marks Brookner's works. This is my first Anita Brookner book and I have complex feelings about this book

Family and Friends will appeal to readers who like the clean, spare prose which marks Brookner's works. She does what she does very well, pleasing a loyal audience. For fiction collections. This is my first Anita Brookner book and I have complex feelings about this book.

Acclaim for ANITA BROOKNER and Family and Friends Few contemporary novelists can match Ms. Brookner’s . Books by. ANITA BROOKNER. Look at Me. Hotel du Lac. Family and Friends. A Friend from England. Brookner’s consistently high level of achievement: the penetration of her vision, the sense o.

Family and Friends, Brookner Anita. Варианты приобретения. 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

Family and Friends, Brookner Anita. 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. In the traditions of Henry James and Thomas Mann, Altered States is a beautifully rendered tale of loneliness, guilt, and erotic obsession.

Sofka gazes ahead, with her family's future before her. Sofka Dorn, widowed matriarch of a prosperous German Jewish family living in England, rules her four children with an exacting hand. Frederick, the eldest son, is a disgracefully charming 'ladies' man, and like his flirtatious sister, Betty, is adored and indulged by his mother. Alfred and Mimi, both steady and solitary, are a disappointment to Sofka, who values strength and boldness of spirit

Beginning with a wedding photograph, this story charts the loves and lives of a family and their friends, following each of them through their own struggles, triumphs and sorrows.

Back to Anita Brookner, and with Friends and Family, this wonderful author gives us a look at a wealthy Jewish family who live in London

Back to Anita Brookner, and with Friends and Family, this wonderful author gives us a look at a wealthy Jewish family who live in London. The book is set between the world wars and so there are hints of shadows in the past and in the future. Back to Anita Brookner, and with Friends and Family, this wonderful author gives us a look at a wealthy Jewish family who live in London.

Comments

Castiel Castiel
Antia Brookner tells the stories. I love her.
Steelcaster Steelcaster
my book group enjoyed it!
Cointrius Cointrius
This is my first Anita Brookner book and I have complex feelings about this book. It is very depressing and written in such an arid style that I find myself flipping to the back to see how much further I have left to read. Normally, I love reading books about families and their "issues" but this family is so normal that I find myself wondering what their issues were. I ended this book with a dejected feeling ~~ is that all to this book? I will read another Brookner book before I give up on her.
Sofka is the matritach of the family, with oldest irresponsible and shameless flirt, Frederick. Then there is Mimi, the perfect and docile daughter. Betty is the irrepressible youngest daughter who decides to run off to Paris to live flamboyantly. Then there is stern Alfred who was brought up to run the family's finances since Frederick couldn't be counted on to be responsible. And this book is about their lives ~~ how they attempt to leave behind their upbringing. Mimi and Alfred remain behind to devote themselves to their mother while Betty and Frederick took off for places unknown to do what they want to do. And in the end, they remain just as estranged from their family and mother just as they've always been. However, Sofka devotes her thoughts and energy to those two and labels them as her favorite. Even at the end ~~ she remained devoted to her eldest son and youngest daughter, though Mimi and Alfred spent their entire lives taking care of Sofka.
This book is a disturbing look into familial relations and of expectations that didn't measure up. It is an interesting book ~~ but written with such a dry style that I find myself often putting it aside. It is not the worst book I've ever read ~~ but it's not the best. It's great for English literature enthusiasts ~~ but not for others.
4-8-03
virus virus
If this novel were a person, one would find it hard to get to know, and harder to come to love. It has a peculiarly distant and reserved quality to it, as if it were shy and did not want anyone to approach too closely for observation. As is often the case with people, however, the timid and withdrawn character of this novel do not indicate shallowness, but rather a complex and interesting nature for some reason fearful of easy discovery. "Family and Friends", unlike other Brookner stories, takes place in the somewhat remote past. Its author has chosen a decidedly abstracted narrative style, hard to catch hold of at first, perhaps, but one which gradually earns for itself a fascination uniquely its own. As is usual with Brookner, the story told is first rate, the characters nearly as memorable as one's first heartstopping brush with love. Her themes? The uphill ascent of an adult life; escape as a watermelon rind of light on a sometimes graspable horizon; the complexity of family life as puzzle within puzzle. Though the story imbedded in the pages of "Family and Friends" may at first seem as inaccessible as the images trapped inside an old sepia photograph, try persistence. There is a terrific tale here, ready, if you are, to leap into life.
Taun Taun
What makes the writing of Anita Brookner so good?
The first thing is the precise beauty of her language. The second, is her remarkable insight into human life and relationships. Here she traces a family history, a widowed matriarch and four children. This is the world of cultured Central European exiles who have made a new home in Great Britain. It is a family of the most assimilated kind of Jews imaginable, bound together not by religion but by family history and tradition.
In tracing the family history Brookner reveals how much life involves the pursuit of dreams and illusions, contradicted time and again by unexpected realities.
Reading a Brookner book is being in the company of a refined intelligence whose understanding of life continually enriches one's own.
AGAD AGAD
In this novel Mrs Brookner portrays the Dorn family. The head of the family, Mr Dorn, died sometime ago but there is Sofka the mother who is contemplating a photo album in which there are pictures of her children's weddings. She is a languid woman with few friends and deeply devoted to the members of her family. She constantly worries what will happen to the lives of her four children, how they will deal with the world and the world with them. There are two daughters, Mireille - Mimi - and Babette - Betty. The former is to marry Mr Lautner, the man who practically runs the family factory in London, quite late in life and the latter hurriedly marries Max Markus in Paris, the son of a film producer and they subsequently move to Beverly Hills. Sofka's elder son Frederick, a sympathetic but far from hard-working man finds his way into the hotel business on the Italian Riviera by marrying Evie. The younger son Alfred on the other hand is an austere man who is sternly devoted to the family business at the expense of his private life.

The characters are well drawn although the plot does not offer much in terms of excitement or suspense. In this sense it is a true family and friends novel: people meeting, sons and daughters making their way into the world and a mother affectionately remembering her children's youth.
ZloyGenii ZloyGenii
I've read most of Ms.Brookners books and found this one to be typical of her great writing skills.This may have been the best one I've read-just so poignant I couldn't put it down.I'm sure I'll read it again.