The Debut

The Debut

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by Anita Brookner
     
 

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Since childhood Ruth Weiss has been escaping from life into books, and from the hothouse attentions of her tyrannical and eccentric parents into the gentler warmth of lovers and friends. Now Dr. Weiss, at forty, a quiet scholar devoted to the study of Balzac, is convinced that her life has been ruined by literature, and that once again she must make a new start in

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Since childhood Ruth Weiss has been escaping from life into books, and from the hothouse attentions of her tyrannical and eccentric parents into the gentler warmth of lovers and friends. Now Dr. Weiss, at forty, a quiet scholar devoted to the study of Balzac, is convinced that her life has been ruined by literature, and that once again she must make a new start in life.

Editorial Reviews

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"Precise and haunting...Brookner is a master at creating miniaturist portraits of attenuated lives"

— The New York Times

"An almost flawless novel." — People

"Sly, detached humor has caused Brookner to be compared to Barbara Pym, but her vision is darker and more complex .... Brookner's ambitions exceed those of Pym's genteel novels of manners and place her outside the genre, to which her writing, with its delicate shadings of character, otherwise seem suited."— The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Anita Brookner is a stunning writer." — Edna O'Brien

"Deft, lively and quite touching." — Mary Gordon

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679727125
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.45(d)

What People are saying about this

Mary Gordon
Deft, lively and quite touching.
Edna Obrien
Anita Brookner is a stunning writer.
Fay Weldon
Elegant bittersweet...and very,very funny. If you read one book this year this had better be it.

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The Debut 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a grand book, one of those gloriously dreary books but you don't realize it was gloriously dreary until the end. Brookner can take the mundane life of an ordiniary girl and make it breathtaking. As to the french phrases the other reviewer mentioned, they are few are far between and do not nothing to hinder the reader's understanding of the plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seemingly a nice story, however the author frequently has the main character have thoughts in French. I don't know French and this is preventing me from understanding everything that is going on. The author should have footnooted the translation in English.