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Anita Brookner Celebration

I have always enjoyed Anita Brookner’s contemplative writing and intricate character studies. Recently I finished Fraud, one of the best I’ve read. Thomas at My Porch has informed me about International Anita Brookner Day on July 11.

The next three Brookner books lined up are Undue Influence, The Rules of Engagement, and Strangers.

Thomas doesn’t ask for big commitment. Just read at least one Anita Brookner novel between now and July 16th. Then either go to his blog on July 16th to tell him what you thought of the book you read or post a link to your review or other Brookner-related post.

Brookner published her first novel, A Start In Life, in 1981 at the age of 53. Since then she has published a novel approximately every year. Her fourth book, Hotel du Lac, published in 1984, won the Booker Prize.

Brookner is highly regarded as a stylist. Her novels, which have been heavily influenced by personal experience, explore themes of emotional loss and difficulties associated with fitting into English society and typically depict intellectual, middle-class women, who suffer isolation and disappointments in love.

4 Responses

  1. Thanks for the shout out. Those who don’t have a Brookner novel to read for International Anita Brookner Day can sign up on my blog by April 15th to win one of four books.

  2. .A few reviewers always greet the publication of a new Anita Brookner novel by calling it a reworking of familiar situations and themes. Brookner usually presents a single woman or as the author herself ages an older single woman who consents to a life of such lonely and passive frustration as to be pathological. Brookners own novels are not romances because they tell the truth about what it is like to be a tortoise..Although this distinction can help us understand all her novels attentive readers may detect that Brookner has recently been expanding and adding to her usual themes.

  3. Glad I stopped by and found this. I am also a Brookner fan and have several on my TBR shelf, including Fraud. I’ll put the date on my calendar and go home to pick out my book today!

  4. Oh thanks for celebrating Anita Brookner’s 83rd Birthday. I am also eager to post the review on her novel. I already have read all the 24 novels and find quite interesting and greatly crafted. Definitely I will do it and pleased to find that the Brookner fans all over the world. I am from India.

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