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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See the discussion on my review of another similar book, albeit with a difference, Flesh of the Peach by Helen Brookne Oddly enough, Olivia quite likes her, although I suspect that she finds her life in the Library rather painful at times.

This was an wonderfully written piece and my feelings are best expressed in the word’s of the Washington Post’s reviewer: But it brookher through her association one can hardly call it friendship with the Frasers that Frances meets James Anstey, and the love she has longed for seems, at last, a real possibility.

She has much in common with Brookner but the most important thing is that she is a writer and as such an obsessive observer of people. Nothing could spoil my pleasure. Until, that is, a carelessly glamorous couple, Dr Nick Fraser and his wife Alix, take an interest in her and involve her in their social life. Look At Me by Anita Brookner Frances Hinton is an introspective woman, ‘loyal and well-behaved and uncritical’, with aspirations to become a successful writer.

But when they introduce her socially to the other doctor, James, she seems to have found a soulmate: Purely to satisfy their own weird agenda. I just reread it and I was surprised how well I remembered it. We gradually get to know Frances and the people in her small canvas, layers built up gradually with a fine brush. Frances is more than willing to serve and is soon gathered up for use.

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Like Eileen, Frances wants others to really SEE her, yet does nothing to make this happen; like Eileen, Frances is frustrating and offputting, yet I think many readers will recognise parts of themselves in her. It is your instinctive protest, when you find you have no voice at the world’s tribunals, and that no one will speak for you.

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I am not in love with Nick. Anita Brookner knows a lot about those hidden reasons. Notify me of new posts via email. Like most of her work it explores the inner life of an unloved women. View all 5 comments. She describes herself as an ‘observer’ seven times, and by the closing chapters she has reached the point of describing herself in third person.

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Look at Me is a deft exploration of family, grief, and the delicate balance between moving forward and not quite being able to leave someone behind. I am famous for my control, which has seen me through many crises.

However, brooknwr of the “great books” of the canon are about introspective men. So, I wasn’t sure what the expect here, but at least the story is relatively short. There was a problem adding your email address. Here’s Fran speaking of James, her current male companion: I brooknee Frances a fascinating character even more so than the others.

She does not exactly love James Ansley, the other doctor working at the library, but as he is a close friend to the couple, she will force herself to seek his romantic interest, in ,e to have them remain a foursome.

Oh and who is joining in with International Anita Brookner Day, do let me know. Another aspect I found incredibly and increasingly irritating was her use of “Look at me”.

Should be good, I have no idea what the book is about or anything about Brookner herself which is nice sometimes. Be ms first to discover new talent! As Alix seems cruel and dismissive towards Frances from her first appearance, it’s painful to keep reading about the self-abasement Frances engages in to keep hold of her ‘friendship’.

I never wanted to see that again Of indeterminate age herself — she s Review originally published at Learn This Phrase. Aniha, of course, when you put anything under a microscope no matter how banal it might be in the daylight a whole new world is revealed when you look down that lens.


She says that she never wants to be loved by the sort of men who loved ke mother: This review from a GR friend Dan, which sealed the deal on reading this particular book: At the center of the novel is Frances Hinton who hates to be called Fanny, likes to write and works in a medical library.

Frances, however, lacks the often comic voice of Houghton’s narrator although there are some moments of dry humour — and I found it interesting that brooknee so often insists her own stories are very funny.

Lac leman of the title I know very well indeed and brookner might slightly colour my enthusiasm for the book, so you have fair warning! But eventually, very cruelly, when Fanny proves not effervescent enough she’s a sober, careful woman who hopes one day to write a satirical novelNick and Olivia find James another lover more suited to their thirst for stimulation. Scott Fitzgerald 3 F. I googled and learned.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. Her mother brokoner recently passed away, and every evening she returns to a vast, outdated Maida Vale flat where she is attended by the ageing family maid, Nancy. She refers to it repeatedly as ‘the time of which I never speak’ — a falsehood, as she often narrates its effect on her, but the circumstances are never properly revealed. Frances lives to work.

She was tall and fair, with rough streaky hair and rather small grey eyes which disappeared when her magnificent mouth opened in one of those laughs that I came to know so well. I never wanted bfookner see that again By a supreme irony, my control is so great that these crises remain unknown to the rest of the world, and so I am thought to be unfeeling.