"I knew about love and its traps ... I never speak of it" and turns to writing as a form of therapy and escape, as a way to reorder her world.
It is sad that she cannot be happy with her lot, which objectively seen is a pretty nice one, and that her dissatisfaction leads her into such painful experiences.
You also see how practiced one can become at forgiving instead of becoming angry, and how we may not always be paying attention to those who really love us.
Haunting, coming of age story that rides like a runaway train to a conclusion that could be bleak or triumphant depending on your outlook. Read morePublished 3 months ago by marianne
I mean that quite literally, give this book a chance. At first glance, and quite frankly through the first chapter, the book comes across as pretentious and boring. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Louie Rivers III
She always has something wonderful and intimate to say I. Her usual laid back style. I never miss an Anita Brookner!Published 20 months ago by J. Chase
On one level, LOOK AT ME is a typical Anita Brookner novel about a single, intelligent, lonely English woman. In this case, her name is Frances Hinton. Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by R. M. Peterson
If English author Anita Brookner did not exist, we would have to invent her. The finely crafted novels of manners she regularly turns out with Updike-like discipline offer... Read morePublished on February 18, 2009 by Deborah Burstyn
How sad Fanny has made her life. What strikes me odd is that she is quite intelligent yet doesn't see that she may be to blame for the unimportant life she leads. Read morePublished on July 15, 2002 by Jamie Bourgeois
(Can I say it without sounding sexist? I suppose not.) Yet another self-loathing woman author with a feminist axe to grind. Read morePublished on July 12, 2000 by THX1138b