Look at Me [Anita Brookner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A lonely art historian absorbed in her research seizes the opportunity to. I had such a mistaken idea about Anita Brookner’s novels, until I picked up Julian Barnes remembers his friend Anita Brookner: ‘There was no one remotely like her’ . ‘Look at Me’, her third novel, is my personal favorite. Look At Me () by Anita Brookner Frances Hinton is an introspective woman, ‘ loyal and well-behaved and uncritical’, with aspirations to.

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It certainly won’t be my last Brookner.

The five best Anita Brookner novels

I would give my entire output of words, past, present and to come, in exchange for easier access to the world, for permission to state “I hurt” or ” I hate” or ” I want”.

Oh and who is joining in with International Anita Brookner Day, anitq let me know. I love the stories, the plots — variations on a few themes, their scope narrowing as time went on. Fannie is intelligent, attractive, well-off and utterly unhappy. I could not wait for Nancy to retire broikner her television, and I even went to my mother’s bathroom cabinet and took two of her sleeping pills from the bottle.

It put me grookner mind of books by Harriet Lane also a positive. The title, ‘look at me’, is her constant internal refrain, both a cry for help and an infantile demand for attention.

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To ask other readers questions about Anitq at Meplease sign up. Here’s Fran reflecting again towards the end of Look At Me: It is about a lonely woman called Frances! It is an acute portrayal of how familial upheaval can cause misunderstanding and madness, damaging those you love most. Next up for me is her Incidents in the Rue Laugierwhich I think is an absurdly chic title. And I would have no knowledge of it. Nick and Alix take her up and become her whole world.


She falls broookner with them, has a brief, glorious existence, and is burned, in short order. Frances is interested in minutia and clearly has an eye for it.

Tuesday, 26 July Review: June 21, at 7: I thought them brave. I found Look At Me so devastatingly incisive about loneliness, longing, having an acute awareness of how others see you, and the exquisite pain of dashed hope.

Only literary, set in England, and This book was upsetting, but really good. And some people take your impassivity as a calculated insult, as Alix seemed to be doing now.

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I think I’ve discovered a new favorite author! Whether you will like it depends on whether you identify with the narrator most bookish types will and how much gloom you can or want to handle in a book. James never did that. It is when I think about this that I congratulate myself on not being in love with anyone. I can’t read any more Anita Brookner. Or have I read another since.

A brilliant little novel bj nails the experience of trying, with all one’s heart, to become someone society might want to know. I honestly don’t know what really happened at the end of the story, other than that things went rather south.

Look at Me, by Anita Brookner

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Despite enjoying the similarities to Fitzgerald’s novels, Frances’s bookishness and Brookner’s careful turn of phrase, I can’t say I loved the book. As Alix seems cruel and dismissive towards Frances from her first appearance, it’s painful to keep reading brooknerr the self-abasement Frances engages in to keep hold of her ‘friendship’.

They are the sort of beauties who demand attention and a constant flow of admiration. I am very orderly, and Spartan in my habits. Frances or Brookner is very good at giving reasonable shape to the fundamentally irrational which is why that the novel, despite a slight pomposity of style, is ultimately successful.


I googled and learned. It certainly won’t be my last Brookner. We gradually get to know Frances and the people in her small canvas, layers built up gradually with a fine brush. The trouble with good manners is that people are persuaded that you are all right, require no protection, are perfectly capable of looking after yourself.

Judy Krueger 28 July at Said social life sounds rather dull — they’re either going to the same restaurant night after night or watching films at home — but as far as Frances is concerned, she’s hit the jackpot. Remembering Look At Me after about thirty-five years, I can testify that it’s unforgettable.

Instead, she seeks the company of gilded extroverts like the Frasers — as though their personalities will rub off on her without any effort being made on her part; as though the isolation and dullness of fellow outcasts such as former library employee Mrs Morpeth, who she visits monthly out of a sense of duty she can never quite banish might, too, be catching.

This book is one I bought second hand many moons ago. Once I followed a girl in the street simply because she looked so lucky that I could not tear myself away from her.

That would be intolerable. A simple road through a simple life, which gives it gravity enough to move the soul to dismay.