READERS GUIDE. The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your reading of Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac. Hotel Du Lac [Anita Brookner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her. Anita Brookner Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams.

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The unbelievably caricaturist sort of portrayal of the other characters bfookner the duplicitous Mr. Edith had agreed to marry Geoffrey Long, a worthy but dull man whom she had met at one of Penelope’s parties.

It centres on Edith Hope, a romance novelist who is staying in a hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva. The New York Times. Her first novel, A Start in Lifewas published in Associations with the name “David” reinforce this view. Men are from Mars. I was told to present myself at 2. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Nobody thinks about entertaining us. The reviewer for the New Yorker also delivered a positive verdict, commenting that “Miss Brookner has the art to give us characters who have character, and the intelligence and the vocabulary and the grace of style … to bring them menacingly to life.

That David Simmonds may be unworthy occurs not only to the reader but also to her. She is also “not entirely English,” having been raised by a Viennese mother, aunt, and grandmother. T he social engagement, she says, warming to the subject, always filled her with anxiety.

Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner – Reading Guide – : Books

But Brookner is slowly building the foundation for her characters and the story. I was so unenthusiastic znita I didn’t finish it in one day after all. I’m talking about the complacent consumers of men with their complicated but unwritten rules of what is due to them. Penelope Milne is Edith’s friend, although Edith does not hold her in great affection.


Although she has fame as a romance novelist and a face that people recognize from the covers of her books, she does not regard herself as a “wordly” sort of woman. Neville may be the only example in literature in which the roles snita comically reversed.

Although of course, Woolf is Woolf and nothing compares to her writing. This elderly but strong-willed and confident lady is an example of what Edith later calls the “ultra-feminine. It may seem old-fashioned to believe in the supremacy of romantic love over casual sex or marriages of convenience, but it increasingly makes sense coming from as unflinching a realist as this protagonist.

And she is apologetically staunch: A quarter-century on, this failure to reward greatness seems a travesty. That, I say, is what your critics say. I listen a lot.

She appears to be infertile, and her husband, Sir John, whom she loathes, has sent her to the hotel in order to get well so that she can produce an heir for him. At the time that was a cause of great sadness, certainly. The perfect existence of her youth.

In we were exploring feminism, but this is not quite what Brookner is on about; her female characters are always circumscribed by their lives and are never able to exercise much in the way of choices Banished to the Hotel du Lac following the debacle with Geoffrey, Edith is both fascinated and repelled by Mrs.

A rt provided another world. Jan 02, CoffeeBook Chick rated it really liked it. What emotional limitations does it encourage her to give in to? This is done mostly in the third person, but also, in the three letters Edith writes to David, in the first person. Maybe I missed the point, but I saw this as a story about relationships of convenience rather than passion.


I’m leaning towards the latter, but I think a case can be made for the former too. Since she has no confidence that her desires in life will be met, she has difficulty asserting herself and allows other people to shape her actions and expectations.

Booker club: Hotel du Lac

I didn’t expect to love it myself but this seemed a prompt of sorts to read the thing over the summer. Walter Clemons, in Newsweekdescribed it as “impeccably written and suffused with a pleasing, sub-acid wit,” but he also thought it inferior to similar novels by Elizabeth Bowen and Christina Stead. Her adolescence was not a happy one, however. He is kind and seems genuinely concerned about Edith’s welfare.

Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

I think perhaps that men are an easier target. Both associations with the name “Pusey” draw attention to the essential difference brooknfr these female characters and the protagonist. That is the way of the world. The narrow horizons and fusty yet somewhat confused morals of Hotel du Lac did remind me quite a bit of school after all.

And what of those women who are neither maiden, wife, nor crone? When her life begins to resemble the plots of her own novels, however, Edith flees to Switzerland, where the quiet luxury of In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her international reputation, Anita Brookner finds a new vocabulary for framing the eternal question “Why antia Edith Hope changes her mind, however, when she finds him anit out of Jennifer Pusey’s room the next morning.

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