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Brief Lives Paperback – April 7, 1992
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"Compelling...Brookner's vision of human behavior is scrupulously honest, without ever being cruel... a gem of revelation."
-- Hilma Wolitzer, Chicago Tribune
"Accomplished...compassionate, meditative and intelligent. Empathy informs all of Anita Brookner's novels, [and] Brief Lives is yet another instance of her large and knowing heart."
-- The New York Times Book Review
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- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0679737332
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679737339
- Product Dimensions : 5.23 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Vintage (April 7, 1992)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,384,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More generally, I find Brooker's novels to be an oasis in the arid of modern fiction. This is because of the journey we take that is so rare and which, though seemingly about restricted and repressed human beings, is actually about the way words can mount layers of meaning upon meaning, creating a complex multi-hued tapestry of the human condition. In this regard it is fair to say that -- like Winston Churchill -- she weaponizes the English language. It is a wondrous joy to experience such a sustained and reliable mental realm, simply to be in her company. That said, it has often perplexed me why this writer is so preoccupied with illness and most particularly with the onset of old age, remarking in exacting detail the loss of beauty, identity, and purpose. These passages feel overwritten, clouding the skies above her brightly defined characters with gratuitous doom and gloom.