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Hotel Du Lac de Anita Brookner
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Hotel Du Lac (1984 original; edició 1995)

de Anita Brookner (Autor)

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Winner of the Booker Prize 'The Hotel du Lac was a dignified building, a house of repute, a traditional establishment, used to welcoming the prudent, the well-to-do, the retired, the self-effacing, the respected patrons of an earlier era' Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams. Edith has been exiled from home after embarrassing herself and her friends. She has refused to sacrifice her ideals and remains stubbornly single. But among the pampered women and minor nobility Edith finds Mr Neville, and her chance to escape from a life of humiliating loneliness is renewed . . . 'A classic . . . a book which will be read with pleasure a hundred years from now' Spectator %%%Hotel du Lacis the classic Booker Prize winning novel by Anita Brookner. Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams. Edith has been exiled from home after embarrassing herself and her friends. She has refused to sacrifice her ideals and remains stubbornly single. But among the pampered women and minor nobility Edith finds Mr Neville, and her chance to escape from a life of humiliating spinsterhood is renewed . . . 'A classic . . . a book which will be read with pleasure a hundred years from now' Spectator 'A smashing love story. It is very romantic. It is also humorous, witty, touching and formidably clever' The Times 'Hotel du Lacis written with a beautiful grave formality, and it catches at the heart' Observer 'Her technique as a novelist is so sure and so quietly commanding' Hilary Mantel, Guardian 'She is one of the great writers of contemporary fiction' Literary Review Anita Brookner was born in south London in 1928, the daughter of a Polish immigrant family. She trained as an art historian, and worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art until her retirement in 1988. She published her first novel, A Start in Life, in 1981 and her twenty-fourth, Strangers, in 2009. Hotel du Lacwon the 1984 Booker Prize. As well as fiction, Anita Brookner has published a number of volumes of art criticism.… (més)
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Títol:Hotel Du Lac
Autors:Anita Brookner (Autor)
Informació:Vintage (1995), Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries Ed, 192 pages
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Hotel du Lac de Anita Brookner (1984)

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    cbl_tn: Brookner uses the phrase "excellent women" a couple of times in this novel, and it seems to be a conscious reference to Pym's novel.
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  ibkennedy | May 6, 2021 |
The prose was just gorgeous and I can't wait to read more Brookner. However, the story itself was a bit boring and I found the main character to be a bit of a sad sack. So I pitied her more than rooted for her. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
I continue my project of reading all the Booker Prize winners this year. Follow me at www.methodtohermadness.com

I am so happy that the Booker Project introduced me to Anita Brookner. I was already biased in favor of this book before even opening it, because it has a French title. Then I started reading it and fell in love. I felt like I was reading a Carol Shields novel set in Switzerland instead of North America.

Edith Hope, author of romance novels, arrives at the Hotel du Lac in disgrace – but we will not learn why until about two-thirds of the way through the book. Meanwhile, she observes the women around her – for the hotel is mainly populated by women. They all seem to conform to a type at first, but all present some sort of surprise by the end. There are the mother-daughter pair whose ages keep having to be revised upward, the elderly lady abandoned by her son, and a wraith with an eating disorder and a pocket pooch.

The vacation-cum-exile atmosphere is slightly surreal, reminding me of Stanley Middleton’s Holiday, also about a character who has extracted himself from relationship trouble to gain perspective.

I won’t spoil anything, but I feel the ending was rushed. I wish this book had been twice as long, allowing Edith’s own romance, and character, more time to bloom. But I will definitely be reading more Anita Brookner. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
This book has a slow yet encapsulating way of making you question the way you make assumptions about people. Its very clever. when I got to the end I wanted to laugh out at the delight of it. An excellent recommendation from my grandmother.

The copy of the book I read was owned by a woman whose husband had bought her every Booker prize winner since they married. I thought that also sweet. ( )
  Happenence | Oct 2, 2020 |
I found this very enjoyable. Simply written and easy to read, it tells the tale of Edith, a 39-year-old romance writer who is pushed to go on an extended vacation by friends who feel she has not behaved properly. We aren't told exactly what she did to upset people until well into the book, but instead are given little tastes of her life until it finally comes together.

The friends made a reservation at a Swiss hotel, a proper hotel that welcomes only the "right kind" of guests. She is welcome because she is quiet and behaves properly. Other guests spend extended lengths of time there, both of their own volition and because they may be foisted off by relatives.

In the style of older hotels, there are set meal times and tea times and generally the guests all eat the same things, with minor variations. So Edith, the writer, finds herself mixing with others during these times. Thus she meets interesting characters and muses on her own ability to understand others. In fact she wonders just how perceptive she really is, given that writers are supposed to have special powers in this area.

It's a good time for reflection. Edith knows that her friends are expecting her to return apologetically but it appears that Edith does not see her behavior in that same light. Nevertheless, she does muse on her own ability to find love, as opposed to the ability of her romantic leads to do so.

This is not a sweet romantic book. It is surprisingly complex and interesting. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
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Brookner, Anitaautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Massey, AnnaReaderautor principalalgunes edicionsconfirmat
OKarma, AlexandraNarradorautor principalalgunes edicionsconfirmat
Fili, LouiseDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gálvölgyi, Juditautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kaarma, JüriIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Moxley, SusanAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Pedersen, JudyAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sáenz de Heredia, ManuelTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Siikarla, EvaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Talvet, MalleTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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A mild and scholarly man who looked like a country doctor, he disliked the more sociable aspects of his calling, but had nevertheless booked a table in a cathedral-like restaurant, where the patrons cowered in worship before the marvels to be set in front of them, and had gamely tackled the intricately coiled fillet of fish which had seemed to be the simplest item on the menu.
There here and now, the quotidian, as beginning to acquire substance. The dimension of terror that this realization brought with it - as if knowing the place too well might give her presence there some reality, some validity - was quickly palliated by the extraordinary accumulation of facts
And as most of Mrs. Pusey's sentences began with the words 'Of course', they had a range of tranquil confidence which somehow occluded any attempt to introduce an opinion of her own.
Mrs. Pusey's disposition to flirt, even when there was no one around to flirt with, was, to Edith, somehow disturbing, although it was done with such lack of inhibition that it should have appeared harmless. On those rare occasions when Mrs. Pusey was sitting alone, Edith had observed her in all sorts of attention-catching ploys, creating a small locus of busyness that inevitably invited someone to come to her aid. She would not be still or be quiet until she had captured the attention of whomever she judged to be necessary for her immediate purpose.
The sensation of being entertained by words was one which she encountered all too rarely. People expect writers to entertain them, she reflected.
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Winner of the Booker Prize 'The Hotel du Lac was a dignified building, a house of repute, a traditional establishment, used to welcoming the prudent, the well-to-do, the retired, the self-effacing, the respected patrons of an earlier era' Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams. Edith has been exiled from home after embarrassing herself and her friends. She has refused to sacrifice her ideals and remains stubbornly single. But among the pampered women and minor nobility Edith finds Mr Neville, and her chance to escape from a life of humiliating loneliness is renewed . . . 'A classic . . . a book which will be read with pleasure a hundred years from now' Spectator %%%Hotel du Lacis the classic Booker Prize winning novel by Anita Brookner. Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams. Edith has been exiled from home after embarrassing herself and her friends. She has refused to sacrifice her ideals and remains stubbornly single. But among the pampered women and minor nobility Edith finds Mr Neville, and her chance to escape from a life of humiliating spinsterhood is renewed . . . 'A classic . . . a book which will be read with pleasure a hundred years from now' Spectator 'A smashing love story. It is very romantic. It is also humorous, witty, touching and formidably clever' The Times 'Hotel du Lacis written with a beautiful grave formality, and it catches at the heart' Observer 'Her technique as a novelist is so sure and so quietly commanding' Hilary Mantel, Guardian 'She is one of the great writers of contemporary fiction' Literary Review Anita Brookner was born in south London in 1928, the daughter of a Polish immigrant family. She trained as an art historian, and worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art until her retirement in 1988. She published her first novel, A Start in Life, in 1981 and her twenty-fourth, Strangers, in 2009. Hotel du Lacwon the 1984 Booker Prize. As well as fiction, Anita Brookner has published a number of volumes of art criticism.

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