A Private View

A Private View

by Anita Brookner
     
 

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Brookner explores the complications that arise when one solitary man comes up against a woman who seems determined to invade his solitude. George Bland is an aging bachelor whose existence has been virtually a mirror image of his name—up until now. For into George's life walks Katy Gibb, young, abrasively self-assured, who incites in George the most alarming

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Brookner explores the complications that arise when one solitary man comes up against a woman who seems determined to invade his solitude. George Bland is an aging bachelor whose existence has been virtually a mirror image of his name—up until now. For into George's life walks Katy Gibb, young, abrasively self-assured, who incites in George the most alarming feelings.

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"Devastating...Her tending to language, as we've come to expect, is loving, cutting and exact." —The Montreal Gazette

"A narrative of subtleties and nuances, reminiscent of the narratives of the later Henry James." —The Toronto Star

"Elegant...Her poetry of forlornness is stronger and stranger than ever. Brightness falls from the air everywhere in this novel." —Hermione Lee, The New Yorker

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Psychology professor Heckler interviewed 50 attempted suicides for this study of the process of emotional recovery in those who have attempted to kill themselves. (Feb.)
Library Journal
At 65, George Bland has been looking forward to retirement and the commencement of his long-anticipated journey to the Far East with his good friend, Putnam. When Putnam suddenly dies, George begins to feel old and uncertain of the dull, restrained, responsible way he has lived his life. Though he never married, he has maintained a life-long friendship with Louise, his placid first girlfriend, who is now a widow and grandmother. His melancholy days of walks in London's parks and afternoons in museums are interrupted when young, brash Katy Gibbs moves into the flat across the hall. At first exasperated by Katy's rude and greedy nature, George becomes consumed by desire for her and her hedonistic lifestyle. He is temporarily transformed into a passionate man, and although Katy rejects him, he is ultimately able to reach out to Louise for fulfillment. Brookner (Dolly, LJ 11/15/93) has created an absorbing novel with great appeal to anyone who has ever contemplated changing his or her life. Recommended for all fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/94.]-Patricia Ross, Westerville P.L., Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679754435
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
962,281
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Anita Brookner is the winner of the prestigious 1984 Booker Prize for Hotel du Lac. She is the author of many highly praised novels including Fraud, Dolly and Brief Lives. Her newest novel, Incidents in the Rue Laugier, will be published this winter by Random House of Canada.

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