Altered States

Altered States

by Anita Brookner
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Altered States by Anita Brookner

Standing on a railway platform in a Swiss resort town, sensibly clad in his Burberry raincoat and walking shoes, a man thinks he may be looking at the woman for whom he ruined his life many years earlier. Alan Sherwood, a quiet English solicitor, remembers back to a time when he stepped briefly out of character to indulge in a liaison with Sarah Miller, an intriguing but heartless distant relative—only to find himself in a series of absurd situations that culminated in his marriage to Sarah's clinging, childlike friend Angela.

With her compassionate portrait of a man who has paid a terrible price for his folly, Anita Brookner gives us a novel that it at once harrowing and humane. In the traditions of Henry James and Thomas Mann, Altered States is a beautifully rendered tale of loneliness, guilt, and erotic obsession.

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ISBN-13: 9780679449737
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/1996
Pages: 229
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.77(h) x 0.93(d)

About 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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Altered States 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BEST NOVEL IN FIVE YEARS. With 'ALTERED STATES' Anita Brookner explores how a London lawyer/single guy with normal healthy sexual ambitions is casually (and un-knowingly) destroyed by a magnetic, independent young woman. 'British upper crust/Hank Williams, we're all the same.' Of 300 novels I read in 5 years, this was #1. 5 STARS ARE NOT ENOUGH! Booker Prize winner Antia Brookner (Hotel du Lac) is our BEST writer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where are the mushrooms?