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A Closed Eye

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In A Closed Eye, Anita Brookner explores, with compassionate insight and stylistic brilliance, the self-inflicted paradoxes in the life of Harriet Lytton, a woman whose powers of submissiveness and self-denial are suddenly tested by the dizzying prospect of sexual awakening.

In Harriers gallant struggle with the single great temptation that comes her way, Brookner creates a hauntingly flawed heroine and a study in the evasions and ...

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Overview

In A Closed Eye, Anita Brookner explores, with compassionate insight and stylistic brilliance, the self-inflicted paradoxes in the life of Harriet Lytton, a woman whose powers of submissiveness and self-denial are suddenly tested by the dizzying prospect of sexual awakening.

In Harriers gallant struggle with the single great temptation that comes her way, Brookner creates a hauntingly flawed heroine and a study in the evasions and disappointments that make up all our lives.

With the same compassionate insight and stylistic brilliance that have won her comparisons with Jane Austen and Henry James, the Booker Prize-winning author of Hotel du Lac and Brief Lives explores the self-inflicted paradoxes in the life of Harriet Lytton, a woman whose powers of submissiveness and self-denial are suddenly tested by the dizzying prospect of sexual awakening.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Anita Brookner has staked out a distinctive territory...and made it clear that she is one of the finest novelists of her generation."-- The New York Times

"If Henry James were around, the only writer he'd be reading with complete approval would be Anita Brookner. A Closed Eye is [a] marvel of ease and clarity, and precision." -- The New York Times Book Review

"[Brookner's] prose is famously graceful, her understanding of human nature always keen .... A Closed Eye exhibits all of her elegance, subtlety of perception, and wistful tenderness" -- Newsday

"Stiletto-sharp powers of observation...[Brookner] offers amusement akin to the slightly illicit pleasure of sitting down to lunch with a clever and malicious gossip. Indiscretions will be revealed, unhappiness and tragedy hinted at, and you will be...hungry for more." -- Chicago Tribune

Constance Casey
I suspect that if Henry James were around, the only writer he'd be reading with complete approval would be Anita Brookner; "A Closed Eye" is the marvel of ease and clarity and precision that Ms. Brookner's readers expect. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brookner portrays another repressed woman whose yearning for love is stifled in by convention. Jan.
Library Journal
Brookner triumphs again with this superb portrait of protagonist Harriet Lytton. Harriet, a birthmarked only child, escapes genteel poverty when she marries Freddie, her father's affluent wartime friend. In typical Brookner fashion, Harriet's sheltered existence and unawakened passions contrast sharply with her friend Tessa's short and reckless life. Harriet dotes on beautiful, spoiled offspring Imogen; while Lizzie, Tessa's plain and neglected daughter, stands silently by. Even Harriet's adulterous fantasies about Jack, Tessa's renegade husband, fail to give her fulfillment or prompt any decisive action to change the emotional status quo. Alone at the end, Harriet sits in the ``empty room'' of her life floating somewhere between life and death. With scalpel-like prose, Brookner cuts through the veneer of a life viewed through a ``closed eye'' and expertly exposes its secret pain, compromises, and betrayals. Recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/91.-- Jacqueline Adams, Carroll Cty. P.L., Westminster, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679743408
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/15/1993
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,425,242
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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