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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.

A touching and witty tale of a woman scholar and the changes ...

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Overview

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.

A touching and witty tale of a woman scholar and the changes and sameness she encounters living in London and Paris.o

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679727125
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,496,632
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2007

    Utterly glorious

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2007

    Please write only in English

    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.

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