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Falling Slowly

Anita Brookner


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'She hoped one day to find the image she unconsciously sought, without knowing why she sought it, something to lift the spirits, to transport her on an imaginary journey, to give a hint of the transcendence which was so blatantly lacking in her everyday life of words and paper'

Sisters Beatrice and Miriam have each other, but they were never close. Beatrice is a pianist, a romantic, while Miriam is disillusioned after a failed marriage. Living together yet failing to confide in one another, each is haunted by the mistakes they have made and the opportunities squandered. Both know that one day they will be forced to part, that they will each fall alone. So when Beatrice contemplates a future with Max, Miriam wonders whether the time has come sooner than she believed . . .

Author Biography

Anita Brookner was born in south London in 1928, the daughter of a Polish immigrant family. She trained as an art historian, and worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art until her retirement in 1988. She published her first novel, A Start in Life, in 1981 and her twenty-fourth, Strangers, in 2009. Hotel du Lac won the 1984 Booker Prize. As well as fiction, Anita Brookner has published a number of volumes of art criticism.

Review

A sensationally good writer -- Julie Myerson Mail on Sunday She is one of the handful of living writers who can turn a sentence so graceful that to read it is a lascivious pleasure Sunday Times How can anything be so funny and so sad both at once? Every sentence is an object lesson in compression and wit. Tessa Hadley, Guardian Summer Reads, 2015

Review Text

How can anything be so funny and so sad both at once? Every sentence is an object lesson in compression and wit.

Review Quote

"Anita Brookner works a spell on the reader; being under it is both an education and a delight."--The Washington Post Book World "Brookner's control over the material is absolute."--Jane Smiley "Under Brookner's transforming eye, the most ordinary lives become engrossing adventures."-- San Francisco Chronicle "If Henry James were around, the only writer he'd be reading with complete approval would be Anita Brookner."--The New York Times Book Review "Brookner is a writer of great skill and precision. Passages of brilliant writing abound, hard-won insights that startle us with Brookner's clarity and succinct intelligence."--Michael Dorris, Los Angeles Times Book Review "Brookner's impeccable craftsmanship and worldly irony make each of her novels memorable."--Publishers Weekly Praise for Anita Brookner: "Few contemporary novelists can match Ms. Brookner's consistently high level of achievement: the penetration of her vision, the sense of conviction in what she is doing, and the unforced elegance of her writing."--The Wall Street Journal Praise for Visitors: "Visitors may be the book Brookner has spent her life aiming for."--The New York Times Book Review

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Sisters Beatrice and Miriam have each other, but they were never close. Beatrice is a pianist, a romantic, while Miriam is disillusioned after a failed marriage. Living together yet failing to confide in one another, each is haunted by the mistakes they have made and the opportunities squandered.

Excerpt from Book

On her way to the London Library, Mrs Eldon, who still thought of herself as Miriam Sharpe, paused as usual to examine the pictures in the windows of the Duke Street galleries. She hoped one day to find the image she unconsciously sought, without knowing why she sought it, something to lift the spirits, to transport her on an imaginary journey, to give a hint of the transcendence which was so blatantly lacking in her everyday life of words and paper. Today there was a Dutch flower piece, badly darkened by age and varnish, and a portrait of an Elizabethan boy, snug in his ruff, his lashless eyes denoting a childhood of unchildish amusements--nothing, in short, to appeal to the vague restlessness she always felt before settling down to another silent day''s work. But farther down the street, in a gallery specializing in images of the nineteenth century destined for easy consumption--girls in frills on swings, neat northern townscapes--she found something to her taste, a smoky winter scene by an artist of whom she had never heard, Eug

Product Details

Year
2016
ISBN-10
0241977819
ISBN-13
9780241977811
Format
Paperback
Author
Anita Brookner
Pages
224
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Publication Date
2016-06-02
Media
Book
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade