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by Anita Brookner

  • ISBN: 0224024434
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Anita Brookner
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First edition (1987)
  • Pages: 205 pages
  • FB2 size: 1735 kb
  • EPUB size: 1832 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 793
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Acclaim for Anita Brookner and A FRIEND FROM ENGLAND Brookner is an artist of an exceptional purity. Anita Brookner is a novelist of astonishing technical skill, and A Friend from England is a very good book

Acclaim for Anita Brookner and A FRIEND FROM ENGLAND Brookner is an artist of an exceptional purity. Anita Brookner is a novelist of astonishing technical skill, and A Friend from England is a very good book. If people who talk of her ‘limitations’ had themselves one tenth of her scope, ah, what critics they would be. -The Independent (London). Also by anita brookner.

Anita Brookner CBE (16 July 1928 – 10 March 2016) was an English award-winning novelist and art historian. She was Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge from 1967 to 1968 and was the first woman to hold this visiting professorship. She was awarded the 1984 Man Booker Prize for her novel Hotel du Lac. Brookner was born in Herne Hill, a suburb of London.

A Friend from England book. In one of her most delicate and suspenseful novels to date, Anita Brookner brings us an exquisite story of friendship and duty. Rachel Kennedy and Oscar Livingston were not precisely friends or family.

Passages of brilliant writing abound, hard-won insights that startle us with Brookner’s clarity and succinct intelligence

Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). Passages of brilliant writing abound, hard-won insights that startle us with Brookner’s clarity and succinct intelligence.

It occurred to me that we really had little in common nly for each other. The horrible thought struck me that all the time that I had been intent on appropriating them for my own purposes, they were in reality sorry for me. This idea, oddly enough, had never struck me before, probably because they were so genuinely kind, so very sensitive and delicate. Yet now that it had entered my consciousness I could not get rid of it.

A friend from England. Brookner's latest solitary female is Rachel Kennedy, whose relationship with the Livingstone family is the focus here. Although a contemporary of Heather, Rachel seems more closely aligned with. Anita Brookner was born in London, England on July 16, 1928. She received a BA in history from King's College London in 1949 and a doctorate in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1953. She went on to lecture in art at Reading University and the Courtauld Institute, where she specialized in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art.

SUMMARY: Frances Hinton is shy and clever. By day she works in a medical library and every evening she goes back to the solitude of her London flat to write fiction. Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. The latecomers are Hartmann and Fibich, brought over to England as children to escape Nazi Germany, now living close to each other in London in their 60s, and still friends.

In one of her most delicate and suspenseful novels to date, Anita Brookner brings us an exquisite story of friendship and duty.

, 205 pages, SIGNED 'For John, with love from Anita'
Reviews about A Friend From England (5):
Vareyma
This is my first Anita Brookner book. I was impressed with her writing skill, her vocabulary, and her ability to paint scenes. The story is about Rachel, who adopts a well-to-do family out of curious fascination and a need for contact. They are simple, kindly people who've come by their good fortune in an unexpected way. The Livingstones adopt her in turn, viewing her as a good companion for their daughter Heather, at least until Heather is able to find a husband.

It didn't take long for me to begin viewing Rachel as a flaming codependent, in other words, someone who thinks she knows best and who takes it upon herself to control certain crucial outcomes. I felt somewhat sympatico with Rachel for a time, but she became extremely compulsive about (what she viewed as) Heather's weaknesses. The dynamic was interesting in that it (codependency) afflicts so many relationships, but Rachel's complete unconsciousness about her own compulsiveness was draining and depressing. The book moved very slowly, almost like a circadian novel, with a lot of attention to detail -- which I began skimming over. While there is clear talent in Ms. Brookner's writing, I won't be picking up any more of her books.
Dakora
I love most of her books and this one did not disappoint. The story once again of a lonely and disappointed woman who is befriended by a close knit family.
Doktilar
Rachel Kennedy is a solitary and self-sufficient woman who likes to lead a well-ordered life free of commitments and emotional turmoil. She owns a small bookshop in London and one day befriends Heather Livingstone and her parents Oscar and Dorrie - a mutual fondness which is a puzzle given Rachel's character. It soon becomes clear to Heather that Oscar and Dorrie think her a suitable companion for Heather, a kind of elder sister or guardian angel. Their good daughter, who comes home to them every weekend and telephones every day, is the world to them and they wish her still theirs and somebody else's as well, somebody whose supervision could replace their own. To them, Rachel could be Heather's passport to the world. So Oscar and Dorrie regard Rachel as a chaperone for Heather. And to Rachel her odd relationship with the Livingstones is of great value too. For her they are fixed points of reference in a slipping universe, abiding by rules which everybody else has broken.
It is when Heather decides to become engaged to Michael Sandberg, an awkward and untrustworthy man, that Rachel realises that her power over her friend is limited. The fate of this ill-assorted couple is bound to be doomed...
Well drawn characters, plausible situations and sound psychological motives are the strengths of "A Friend From England". A quiet, atmospheric novel as only Mrs Brookner can write them.
Chankane
Anita Brookner is a master in detailing the perception of feelings and material realities, and above all on the intricate subtleties of human relationships. Usually the drama in her work relates to one or two close relationships .Here the narrator of the story thirty- two year old Rachel is closely connected with the Livingstone family, the loving couple at its heart and their single twenty- seven year old daughter, Heather. The story unfolds as Heather first marries unsuccessfully and then dramatically makes a second alliance which moves her far from her parents. The cloistered and controlled life of Rachel is contrasted with the liberating action of Heather.
As with so many of Brookner's works one feels a great intelligence, delicacy and skill operating on a smallness of souls.
Tetaian
I received the book a couple of days ago, which was within the amount of time the company promised. The product is in pristine condition. I have no complaint, except that I wish that I could have received it earlier than I did.

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