- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: CAPE.; 1st edition (1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224033158
- ISBN-13: 978-0224033152
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,607,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Just when you think Anna is lost forever, she manages to find some inner resource to turn her life around. Hooray! And those that she leaves behind will have to face the honest truth about themselves, or risk living a wasted life.
The author is so very adept at exploring the differences of how we act, in order to be socially acceptable, and how we really feel--what we'd do if we didn't live in "polite society."
That said I think that Fraud is among her best. It feels very autobiographical. And the empowering of the main character at the novel's end appears to be a statement of purpose and independence from the author herself. "This is who I am and I am going to stop apologizing for it and make the most of it." A bit forced perhaps. Unlikely to take hold perhaps. But authentic.
There is also a lot of truth here. In her own few interviews Brookner says that she is very lonely, has led a lonely life. And that she knows it is not seemly to talk about it. Well, she explores it fully in her painful fictions. "It doesn't always rhyme in the end," sings American songwriter Guy Clark. It surely doesn't in Brookner's novels. Even her most ardent admirers would hardly say that her books "sing." No, they putter along as do the lives of her characters always hoping that they will somehow wake up to a brighter day even if at some deep part of themselves they realize how unlikley bright sunshine is in gloomy old England as described in the very gloomy but amazingly exact fictions of Ms. Brookner.
Fraud is no different from any of Brookner's other novels I've read. The main character, Anna Durrant, has devoted her life to caring for her ailing mother and she's at loss after her mother's death. Now in her early fifties, she's never worked or had a serious relationship and has few friends or interests. The few people she does know pity her or look on her with contempt. The book is set in the recent past, yet the characters belong in the nineteenth century. For example there is an understanding between Anna and the family doctor, Halliday, that at one time he seriously considered her as a marriage prospect, despite the fact that they've never spoken about anything beyond her mother's illness or been on a single date!
In true Brookner style Halliday is stolen away by a flashy younger woman who uses her feminine wiles to entrap him. That's the big problem I have with Brookner's books - women are divided into superficial bimbos who get the man and intelligent, plain women who lose out. There's a real puritanical hostility towards sex, and relationships between men and women are portrayed in a very simplistic way. Halliday realises too late that he has been led astray and that he is stuck in a miserable marriage.Read more ›
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I agree with other readers about the intensely introspective characters and the careful description of their complex emotions. Read morePublished 15 months ago by saintmaur
A wonder of poetic prose and gentle thought. Anita Brookner takes aim at frauds and those who pretend. One should always be themselves for everyone else is already taken! Read morePublished 24 months ago by K.N.R.
Well written, but rather sad characters. Although I finished reading it was a slow read and rather as depressing as the characters themselves.Published on January 26, 2013 by Michelle Ruest
Anita Brookner often writes of the overlooked middle aged "spinster", as she does in this perfectly realized story, one of her best. Read morePublished on July 17, 2009 by Eileen Pollock
Even among Anita Brookner's long and turgid row of novels, this one must be one of the most boring. Anna Durant disappears, and no one seems to care. Read morePublished on May 21, 2005 by Luke