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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Hotel Du Lac Reader’s Guide

Almost every observation on the part of the protagonist, a romance novelist who studies people with a anitw eye, proves false. Edith comes to see through their superficiality, leading Tyler to the conclusion that though the Puseys may be, to use the analogy that Edith employs, the hares who always beat the tortoises in the race of life, the author intimates “that it’s sort of silly even to run the race, let alone to win it.

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Now, of course, she’d probably be dismissed. So her friends suggest that she take a change of scenery, another way of saying, get out of town for awhile. You go off to work every morning — and I was completely immersed in the work. In the end, she elects to continue her affair with David, even though it is in so many respects an unsatisfactory relationship.

Who shall hotrl live it for but herself? The moment she enters the hotel she is bringing with her the pain of being ditched by a lover and the advice that her friends gave that she has to stay away for a while to find her self. After bittersweet interactions with other hotel members, she begins to sort out who she really is.


Books by Anita Brookner. Yes, there was a love in Edith’s life, but it was one that society and the other party would not allow her to acknowledge. I am a domestic animal.

Neville seems to know Edith better than she herself, and imparts to her some very welcome and unwelcome truths.

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I was told to present myself at 2. Anyone who has ever contemplated or experienced the noisy quiet that happens when you are by yourself but surrounded by others who are all there together.

Our narrator is a single woman on the edge of spinsterhood who is taking refuge in a Swiss luxury hotel during the off season to ride out an embarrassing breach of social expectations. Once again, she breaks chains and decides to take things into her own hands and leaves Hotel du Lac.

And he had an integrity in his work that was unmistakable. View all 5 comments.

Do the events of the book bear her assessment out, or does her character prove to be darker and more subversive than she herself might care to admit? To explain this unlikely choice of a shepherd boy, we are told, “The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

You’re very hard on yourself, I say. I wanted to know why Edith, the narrator, was in the hotel in Switzerland, but it just seemed to take too long to get there – even though my copy of the book a large print edition was only lxc over pages long!

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Her single suitcase should symbolize broooner lack of encumbering duties and the ease with which she can move on. This is a well-written book for people who enjoy the low-key, thoughtful sort of lonely protagonist who appears quiet, almost withdrawn, out-of-step, who has depth and strength and yes, sadness, and for Anglophiles everywhere who mourn the passing of good manners. The problem is that she does not get along with her daughter-in-law, whom she despises, and her son suggested that she move out of the house and into the hotel.


Neville was just too artificial for me. Edith is single, but she is having an affair with a married man named David. Its all or nothing, right, ladies? He is married and has a family that he does not intend to leave. I thought it was absurd. In we were exploring feminism, but this is not anitx what Brookner is on about; her female characters are always circumscribed by their lives and are never able to exercise much in the way of choices Edith readily admits to preferring men to women, but as the novel progresses, we see the beginnings of a more inclusive, sophisticated attitude, a willingness to include women in her emotional world, even to offer them her friendship.

Quickly noticing his remarkable appetite, Edith makes a habit of cooking “heroic fry-ups,” which prompt him to reflect on what he calls “food fit for heroes. But then, oh then, all of a sudden, and at some point I can’t recall, I was quite happy — it pulled me brooknwr and although it’s a quiet and contemplative story, it was really quite interesting and I felt at home with it. Refresh and try again.