Look at Me [Anita Brookner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A lonely art historian absorbed in her research seizes the opportunity to. I had such a mistaken idea about Anita Brookner’s novels, until I picked up Julian Barnes remembers his friend Anita Brookner: ‘There was no one remotely like her’ . ‘Look at Me’, her third novel, is my personal favorite. Look At Me () by Anita Brookner Frances Hinton is an introspective woman, ‘ loyal and well-behaved and uncritical’, with aspirations to.

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The sensitive and intelligent and weak are preyed upon by the unintelligent and strong; profoundly private women elect, for their own purposes, to build their lives around the absent men who hardly know them. Sickly sweet without substance.

A bracing novel of lifelong ankta friendship, or enmity. Instead, she seeks the company of gilded extroverts like the Frasers — as though their personalities will rub off on her without any effort being made on her part; as though the isolation and dullness of fellow outcasts such as former library employee Mrs Morpeth, who she visits monthly out of a sense of duty she can never quite banish might, too, be catching. I think you could open to a random page, read any paragraph on it, and appreciate the rich writing from just that small sample.

This picture, which was a story on here the other week, and all your giggly responses to it were a highlight in tricky week or two. I did not need them; I simply wanted to kill the day.

Being prone to hyperbole I worry that I oversell things. But it is through her association one can hardly call it friendship with the Frasers that Frances meets James Anstey, and the love she has longed for seems, at last, a real possibility. Preview — Look at Me by Anita Brookner. I found Look At Me so devastatingly incisive about loneliness, longing, having an acute awareness of how others see you, and the exquisite byy of dashed hope. The day was ruined.


The five best Anita Brookner novels

This book is one I bought second hand many moons ago. She also lacks sex drive which is another fairly common trait of schizoids. Nothing could spoil my pleasure. She works in a medical research library where she studies her colleagues and makes notes for short stories, perhaps a novel. Jan 04, Amanda rated it really liked it. There are some elegant turns of phrase here, and an effective unsettling feeling soon creeps in.

This book was upsetting, but really good. It put me in mind of books by Harriet Lane also a positive. Her loneliness runs deep, causing her extreme pain. Looo background characters are always vivid and fully formed another thing I love about Brookner. I want to shake their sedate, mistreated protagonists and leave them with Betty Friedan in one hand and a vibrator in the other. And this from the Washington Post: May 23, ester rated it liked it.

The novels of the first decades have stronger stories and vrookner characters, more happens. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

I have loved both the ones that I have read since Hotel du Lac. What saves this book is that as usual Anita Brookner is a masterful writer, especially and characterization.

Look at Me, by Anita Brookner

I had read some Brookner before, finding her good when she’s good, but frankly boring when she’s not. They are the sort of beauties who demand attention and a constant flow of admiration.

I am very znita, and Spartan in my habits. And yet the fascination of the rare perfect example persists, and it demands that one lay down one’s pen and stalk it, study it, dissect it, learn it, love it.

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Surrounding her obsession with the Frasers and James is the spectre of what she implies was a devastating love affair. By a supreme irony, my control is so great that these crises remain unknown to the rest of the world, and so I am thought to be unfeeling. October – Look At Me.


James never did that. Being an observer in these matters does not always help one. Lewis Percy, a young English scholar, brings camembert and cherries to a soiree in Paris — but then has to return to his ill mother in London, and marriage to the enigmatically dull Tissy.

View all 10 comments. They merely thought themselves sensible. I hate to seem unempathetic, but I have no respect for those who leave themselves to the mercy of everyone else, to those that they wish to please which may be everyone they know- and don’t know.

Tuesday, 26 July Review: You could say it’s a lot like Sartre’s Nausea. July 12, at 8: It was certainly time well spent. Complementing personalities, perfect chemistry, and never fighting, except for playfully.

Or a happy middle. The later novels can seem to turn round in ever-tighter circles of story, becoming more suffocatingly sad — though the distinctive intelligence and music of her prose never falters. Imagine it, thinking she is among friends, Frances has the audacity to become unspeakably happy with newcomer James before the megalomaniac eye of Alix, whose own marriage to Nick must be seen by all as the hi Riveting. This remains an academic question, for I have never yet been tempted in this way.

Face up and sing. The premise for this story seemed a familiar one to me, having recently read A Note in Musicby Rosamond Lehmannwhere lonely Grace’s life is similarly changed by the entrance of a glamorous and carelessly chic couple. They call her Little Orphan Fanny and carelessly bring her into their circle of friends. I never wanted to see that again