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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Personally, I wanted a bit more of the wit that the narrator claimed to be putting into her own novel.


I would not recommend this to readers who want an easy payoff and a happy ending. An intense read for any woman who is single and wishing she were not, and not for the faint of heart. There is a lot in Look at Me to unpack in such a short book and rather than write my own detailed review I would direct anyone towards four sources that do the book more justice than I would ever manage: And I would have no knowledge of it.

Despite her own situation, she is moved to horror by the loneliness of others, showing little sympathy. The most-liked review on Goodreads – which interestingly also makes the link to Eileen https: She does not exactly love James Ansley, the other doctor working at the library, but as he is a close friend to the couple, she will force herself to seek his romantic interest, in order to have them remain a foursome.

It’s also one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read this year. I had read some Brookner before, finding her good when she’s good, but frankly boring when she’s not.

She finds herself attracted into the social orbit of Nick Fraser, one of two Doctor’s who frequent the library and his social force-of-nature wife Alix the first time that I saw Nick and Alix together, I felt as if I was witnessing the vindication of nineteenth century theories of natural selectionwho are in many respects her opposite.


This is the most engrossing book in which nothing really happens that I’ve ever read. 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. It is wiser, in every circumstance, to forget, to cultivate the art of forgetting.

James never did that. Jan 04, Amanda rated it really liked it. Oh and who is joining in with International Anita Brookner Day, do let me know. I’ve only just started reading Brookner, and this wasn’t one of my favourites I much prefer Hotel du Lac, and Family and Friendsbut it do I bought this because a couple of reviews of my third novel, Bitter Orange, said this followed a similar story, and I was intrigued. The day was ruined.

John Harrison 1 M. Want to Read saving…. Even when a frivolous person and so-called friend, Alix, decides to betray our narrator, Frances, the latter is constitutionally incapable of perceiving the underhandedness. There were no images in my head. In fact, after the debasement of that previous time, I experienced with James a renewal of innocence, and I felt more at home with that innocence than with that cynicism of desire and contempt so strangely mingled that I had previously known.

A bracing novel of lifelong female friendship, or enmity.

Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Facebook Google. I did not find it as immediately engaging as I did Leaving Homebut there was the same minute level of detail within our protagonist, Frances, and she felt rather realistic in consequence. I wanted to see her grow a little more or see Alix and Nick fall a little farther. The wife is quickly bored, though.

Look at Me, by Anita Brookner | B. Morrison

Julian Barnes remembers lunching with Brookner and asking what she was working anjta at the momen If they were ever looking for a tour guide for the Sahara Desert they should give this lady a ring.

Anita Brookner really captured that particular mood of a Loo, afternoon, grey skies and drizzle, bank holidays spent alone Published by Penguin first published It certainly won’t be my last Brookner.


If there isn’t someone on the other side to pick up even for Loneliness is never easy to portray in brookne book. It is an acute portrayal of how familial upheaval can cause misunderstanding and madness, damaging those you love most. Jan 27, Govnyo rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Complementing personalities, perfect chemistry, and never fighting, except for playfully. I immediately felt weak and pale, not so much decadent as undernourished, unfed by life’s more potent forces, condemned to dark rooms, and tiny meals, and an obscure creeping existence which would be appropriate to my enfeebled status and which would allow me gently to decline into extinction. Co-worker’s narcissistic wife appears at the office one day, sweeps our gal into her “little circle” as a sort of plaything, chews her up, and spits her ke at the first sign of independence.

This book is one I bought second hand brookber moons ago.

Look at Me

Frances Hinton is an introspective woman, ‘loyal and well-behaved and uncritical’, with aspirations to become a successful writer. In many of the reviews I’ve read, Alix and Nick are compared to F. Brookner wrote quite fondly of these hopelessly well mannered characters too conventional to really be reckless or romantically fulfilled, and it is all quite real and sad.

Yet when Alix rhetorically asks Frances ‘it’s all self with you, isn’t it? By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. This remains an academic question, for I have never yet been tempted in this way.