by Anita Brookner

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In her superbly accomplished novel, Anita Brookner proves that she is our most 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307826282
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/08/2012
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 55,023
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Anita Brookner was born in London and, apart from several years in Paris, was a lifelong Londoner. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988. She is the author of twenty-seven books, including the Booker Prize–winning novel Hotel Du Lac. She died in 2016.

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Dolly 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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.