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READERS GUIDE. The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your reading of Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac. Hotel Du Lac [Anita Brookner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her. Anita Brookner Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams.

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And he had an integrity in his work that was unmistakable. Mme de Bonneuil lives at the hotel because she failed to get along with her daughter-in-law, so her son suggested that she move out of their house.

Jones complained that the novel was “humorless,” with “stock characters and … lifeless prose,” and suffered from a paucity of ideas.

It also owes something to the genre of popular romance novels; its heroine, Edith Hope, is a successful writer of such novels. She notices a slender Englishwoman and her small dog, Kiki; a silent countess, Mme de Bonneuil; and a glamorous, energetic English lady who appears to be in her sixties it later transpires that she is seventy-nine xu her daughter.

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She appears to be infertile, and her husband, Sir John, whom she loathes, has sent her to the hotel in order to get well so dk she can produce an heir for him. Neville, will not allow her to make a sterile compromise in the name of security. Edith also recalls David, and how they met at a party given by her friend, Penelope. The atmosphere and characters are so vivid that I was easily drawn into the Hotel du Lac and became one of its residents where I developed a tender spot for each of these fragile individuals.


Like this lovely, melancholy woman: Retrieved from ” https: And the writing is excellent, as you would expect in a Booker Prize winner, and it has to be in a novel structured like this, it’s simply the difference between success and failure. In those days women were spiteful.

But her self-effacing personality, her shapeless cardiagsn and her inconspicuous dresses? Or I just expected too much from this book because I first read and tremendously enjoyed that Ballard? Laws guaranteeing equal rights for women were passed, brokoner women’s studies programs sprang up in universities. What she really wants wnita to be happily married, but she knows that David will never leave his wife. I can think of two new categories that women fit into these days: Return to Book Page.

Edith Hope, a successful romance writer, has made some mistakes, two of them actually; she is having an affair with a married man, and she walked out on her wedding to another man at the borokner minute.

He tells her that he owns an electronics firm and that his wife left him several years ago. She considers a life of recognition that being married to Neville would confer upon her, but ultimately rejects the possibility of a relationship with him when she realises he is an incorrigible womaniser. Sep 06, Paul Bryant rated it it was ok Shelves: Two minutes later the friend was surprised to see her making her way back out.

The exchange ahita valuable. Like Mephistopheles, he comes not with a suitor’s flowers, but proffering a new life. While her stay at the hotel isn’t exactly voluntary or planned, Edith nevertheless tries to see the silver lining and determines to use it as a chance to get on with writing her latest novel in solitude.


Penelope is loud in her disapproval of Edith’s jilting of Geoffrey Long and instrumental in packing her off to the hotel in Switzerland. Indeed, one might be tempted to call it a parody if it for even for a moment wavered in it seriousness, but it never does. Her small pleasures and the identity she has suddenly seem more valuable.

It’s the off-season, after all, so there shouldn’t be too many other people around. David appears to be fond of Edith but not as fond of her as she is of him, and he has no intention of leaving his wife. If you’re the sort of person who tends to complain that ‘nothing happens’ in a book, I would avoid this one.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Refresh and try again. Later at night, Edith writes to David, giving him an account of Mrs.

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The bestselling novelist, who won the award for Hotel Du Lac, lived a reclusive life in her final years. He is kind and seems genuinely concerned about Edith’s welfare. In this she is like Edith, except that Jennifer doesn’t have the ud of a profession or worthwhile pursuits. After a secret and often lonely affair with a married man and an aborted marriage, she is banished by her friends.

It is something she can control, and escaping into her writing is therapeutic, though a singular endeavor by design.