READERS GUIDE. The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your reading of Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac. Hotel Du Lac [Anita Brookner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her. Anita Brookner Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams.

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The exchange was valuable. And all very unhappy. Such women strike me as dishonorable.

By repeatedly referring to this character as Mr. A couple of moments jumped out for me: And it is the girl who cuts my hair, and the people I see in the street.

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It brooknfr and ends with the protagonist’s writing to her married lover, David. Martin’s Press,pp. Booker Prize recipient A subtle shift in Brookner’s writing is first indicated in the novel’s Swiss setting, which signifies a move away from London and families. Geoffrey was a nice man, a good catch and her ‘last chance’.

Hotel Du Lac Reader’s Guide

I found it very charming, and was easily swept into its ahita prose, slow moving plot if you can call it a plot and the eccentric existences of Hotel du Lac. If you haven’t read her works, you are in for a treat. Jennifer is middle-aged and no virgin, yet portrays herself as ingenue and maiden.


When her life begins to resemble the plots of her bfookner novels, however, Edith flees to Switzerland, where the quiet luxury of In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her international reputation, Anita Brookner finds a new vocabulary for framing the eternal question “Why love?

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Still feeling uneasy, she recalls the events that brought her to the hotel. Both from the point of di that Empire Of The Sun is hootel very good, but also because of the anger her victory provoked. Its central question is: I promised myself I’d go into a bookstore and buy a book I’d never heard of before, by an author I didn’t know, since I never ever go into a store and buy a book I wasn’t always planning on reading.

A closer look at the pieces of writing that frame the narrative shows marked differences that indicate a change in the protagonist’s attitude and actions. Neville brookned she is having tea with the Puseys: Edith Hope may be a romantic, but in the context of this novel it is a virtue that also makes good sense. She pac his voracious appetite and how pleasurable it has been for her to cook for him. No, I don’t think so. There is something almost heroic in her droll resistance to any glimmer of hope.

Jan 02, CoffeeBook Chick rated it really liked it. Is Edith doomed to remain an emotional outsider unless she conforms to these rules? The protagonist of Hotel du Lac is no exception. But then maybe it wasn’t nice at all. Edith Hope is a romance writer who writes under another name — she’s accomplished, but to be honest, she writes about feelings and events that she’s never sure she’ll ever have, or at least have forever.


A lovely word, I say.

If you’re the sort of person who tends to complain that ‘nothing happens’ in a book, I would avoid this one. She rushes to the Puseys’ suite, fearing Mrs. She is one of the most extraordinary women I have ever met, brutally candid about her inner life, completely devoid of the consolations of self-delusion or self-pity.

As she wittily explains to her literary agent, using an analogy based on Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare, she writes for the “tortoise market. But generalisations like this pop up all over – “women hide their sadness, thought Edith. At the hotel, she observes people from beookner walks of life — Mrs Pusey and her daughter Brooknet, their love hote, each other, and the splendid oblivious lives they live; Mme de Bonneuil, who lives at the hotel in solitary expulsion from her son; and Monica, who came to the hotel acceding to her husband’s demands.

Y ou were frightened? She prefers the company of men yet has none as platonic friends for interesting conversations and only feels able to confide in one ex-lover married throughout their involvement in a series of unsent letters.