Hotel du Lac

  • by Anita Brookner
  • Narrated by Anna Massey
  • 5 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams. Edith has been exiled from home after embarrassing herself and her friends. She has refused to sacrifice her ideals and remains stubbornly single. But among the pampered women and minor nobility Edith finds Mr Neville and her chance to escape from a life of humiliating spinsterhood is renewed...

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The very best Anita Brookner!

I have read the other review of this book and could not disagree with it more! Although you are obviously only seeing the protagonists' lives on a superficial level, I found that I thought afterwards about them and where they were heading... Anna Massey reads superbly and she bought the rights to the book and played the 'heroine' in the TV play so perhaps I'm partly swayed by that because the characters were perfectly cast.

I've also read almost all Anita Brookner's books and for me this is the best.
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- barjil

Writing for the Tortoise market

Anita Brookner is the best British contemporary author there is and this novel displays most of the traits that have become her trade-marks - but is not the best, simply serving as a pointer to a whole treasure-trove oeuvre that I have loved over the years. Going back to the first novel, it is now easy to see the parallels between this novel and the works of Edith Wharton and the ubiquitous Jane Austen, to whom all female English authors are condemned to be compared with. Brookner herself makes the case for Virginia Woolf within the narrative - but this is clearly just a knowing trick, as is the Forsterian mechanism of the bedroom door in the middle of the night.
In my view, Anita Brookner easily transcends the literary inheritance with which she is shackled and makes the case for clear, deep thinking about gender in art and life that speaks directly to the dogged reader. Hotel du Lac is indeed writing for the Tortoise market, but not in the way Edith’s agent characterises it. In subsequent works, I’ve seen at first hand the searing, uncompromising vision that is brought to the ‘lives less lived’ cast of characters.
Here, finally, the protagonist breaks free. An intellectual freedom is asserted. I’m afraid, however, that we live largely in a world of hares - and who knows that the girl in the harem-scar’em pants doesn’t have the ultimate truth tucked under that low cut up-market, high end, low taste top.
If you have not read Anita Brookner before, what better place to start, if, like me you are familiar with the best of authors then it is wonderful to revisit this old and trusted friend.
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- Welsh Mafia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-07-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios