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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Nick is simply weak – rbookner attractivness, intelligence, and shallow charm allow him to get away with too much for nothing, but he isn’t proactively cruel in the way Alix ag. Anita Brookner knows a lot about those hidden reasons. Or have I read another since. And yet the fascination of the rare perfect example persists, and it demands that one lay down one’s pen and stalk it, study it, dissect it, learn it, love it.

She tells a story where nothing happens better than just about anyone. Please provide an email address.

Despite enjoying the similarities to Fitzgerald’s novels, Frances’s bookishness and Brookner’s careful turn of phrase, I can’t say I loved the book. Look At Me starts with a great paragraph spoken by Frances Hinton, Broo “Old guy with lousy memory remembers plot after thirty-five years” could be the title for these brief comments.

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That whole late autumn, which was exceptionally cold and exceptionally dry, favouring our walks, was for me a time of assurance and comfort and anticipation. Oh dear too long between comments. The day was ruined.

Also, this novel got me thinking about how it sounds like chick-lit when described because it is about a very introspective lokk. Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Facebook Google. Lewis Percy, a young English scholar, ahita camembert and cherries to a soiree in Paris — but then has to return to his ill mother in London, and marriage to the enigmatically dull Tissy.


Brookneer expression that crops up three times in the book is: Fanny Hinton, a youngish woman, unmarried and orphaned, works as a librarian in a medical library–and still lives with an old family retainer, Nancy in her parents’ too-large London apartment.

I did not write. June 19, at Here’s Fran reflecting again towards the end of Look At Me: She has published over 25 works of fiction, notably: Oddly enough, Olivia quite likes her, although I suspect that she finds her life in the Library rather painful at times. It is such a shame it is out of print. Frank Baum 1 L. Everything is in the details. This was an wonderfully written piece and my feelings are best expressed in the word’s of the Washington Post’s reviewer: Frances is nowhere near as candid or, frankly, as scatological as Eileen, but the two characters talk so nakedly of their own unhappiness, inner turmoil and longing for more that at some points they could be speaking with one voice.

Frances who does not like being called Fanny has an office job and lives with a silent Irish nanny in her dead parents’ flat.

Frances Hinton is a London woman whose aged mother has recently died.

Look at Me, by Anita Brookner

Show 25 25 50 All. Despite her own situation, she is moved to horror by the loneliness of others, showing little sympathy. She works in a medical research nrookner where she studies her colleagues and makes notes for short stories, perhaps a novel. Notify me of new comments via email. Therein lies the danger of taking a risk, of casting aside your fear, and trying to live.

Of indeterminate age herself — she s Review originally published at Learn This Phrase. Notify me of new posts via email.

Except the gauzy cover. I would give my entire output of words, past, present and to come, in exchange for easier access to the world, for permission to state “I hurt” or ” I hate” or ” I want”.


Oct 06, Maria rated it it was amazing Shelves: You feel if you want to tell Frances to wake up. May 05, Katie Maguire rated it it was amazing. It is an attempt to reach others and to make them love you.

Her actions, of aniita, are impeccable, but her inner commentary repeatedly undercuts the sincerity of them. There were no images in my head. She was tall and fair, with rough streaky hair and rather small grey eyes which disappeared when her magnificent mouth opened in one of those laughs that I came to know so well.

Look at Me

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I thought them brave. For Frances, it is more than their charm and brilliant sheen that attract her; she wants to learn how to be selfish. It’s a short, introspective look at a moment of hope turned to disappointment. See Fanny is left all but emotionally ruined–there’s a superb chapter in which she walks along the terrifying early-A. Alix in particular treats Frances like a child might treat a pet, displaying her to friends, openly mocking her in supposedly affectionate fashion, and forgetting her altogether when she’s bored.

The author is also highly educated and writes from the viewpoint that her reader is too. I honestly don’t know what really happened at the end of the story, other than that things went rather south.

Of reminding people that I am here. But too late, Frances realises that she may be only a play thing, to be picked up and discarded once used.