Dollyby Anita Brookner
From the moment Jane Manning first meets her aunt Dolly, she is both fascinated and appalled. Where Jane is tactful and shy, Dolly is
In her superbly accomplished new novel, Anita Brookner proves that she is our mast profound observer of women's lives, posing questions about feminine identity and desire with a stylishness that conveys an almost sensual pleasure.
From the moment Jane Manning first meets her aunt Dolly, she is both fascinated and appalled. Where Jane is tactful and shy, Dolly is flamboyant and unrepentantly selfish, a connoisseur of fine things, an exploiter of wealthy people. But as the exigencies of family bring Jane and Dolly together, Brookner shows us that we may end up loving people we cannot bring ourselves to like and that this paradox makes love all the more precious and miraculous.
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"About as wonderful as anything Brookner has ever written."
Carol Kino, The New York Times Book Review
"Poignant, beautifully told.... Only a writer of great passion, conviction and artistry could [create such] a spellbinding portrait of the dreams and frustrations of the human heart."
Christian Science Monitor
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Meet the Author
Anita Brookner was born in London and, apart from several years in Paris, has lived there ever since. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988.
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I found this novel to be quite simply a work of art¿I was struck by the way author Anita Brookner writes with such pure simplicity while having the keen insight to be able to describe a situation or character with such exact precision that the reader can totally understand, sympathize, and identify with the narrator. Brookner¿s work examines the reality of what lies beneath the surface of her characters in the course of their very realistic-seeming lives. Dolly, Jane, and Etty really come alive as Brookner fills their story with private insightful observations. This book was thoughtful and wise¿ a real find. Any reader who appreciates eloquent, introspective writing will relish Anita Brookner¿s books. I enjoyed Bay Of Angels also, but Dolly was even better in terms of being more memorable. The character of Dolly leaves the reader with an indelible impression: you loathe her, you pity her, and you definitely recognize people you know in her character. The relationship that Jane reaches with Dolly by the end of the book is unexpected and interesting. This would be a good book for a women¿s book club- you long to discuss it and compare reactions with someone else who has read it.