Making Things Better

Making Things Better

by Anita Brookner
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Making Things Better by Anita Brookner

Facing life alone at an advanced age, Julius Herz cannot shake the sense that he should be elsewhere, doing other things. Walking through bustling streets that seem increasingly alien to him, he’s confronted by life’s pressing questions with an urgency he has never known before: what do we owe the people in our lives? How should we fill our days? Feeling fortified despite the growing ache in his heart, Herz finds himself also blessed with a stirring sense of exhilaration. After a lifetime of deferring to others’ stronger wills, he faces a future of possibility, the only constraint the deeply ingrained habits of his mind. Profound and deeply resonant, Making Things Better explores the quandaries of aging, longing, and self-discovery with transfixing precision and spellbinding acuity.

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ISBN-13: 9781400031061
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/13/2004
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 836,337
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.60(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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Making Things Better 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
manbooker1989 More than 1 year ago
Miss Brookner has a very good hand at writing; it is clear from each paragraph that she can apply language in very detailed and orderly ways. This book is much like her others, focusing on loneliness, other's happiness over one's own, trying to move on or somewhere else. She has very mundane actions but to her characters they are momentous. Herz has given up his life, essentially, the making better of others. The next big thing is for him to move on and conquer his own wants. Although it is inconclusive if this is achieved, the reader feels Herz has overcome his sadness and made something happen. Miss Brookner is a fanastsitc write, though at times a bit dull, she hits many serious points on contemplation of one's life and role in it.