Look at Me [Anita Brookner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A lonely art historian absorbed in her research seizes the opportunity to. I had such a mistaken idea about Anita Brookner’s novels, until I picked up Julian Barnes remembers his friend Anita Brookner: ‘There was no one remotely like her’ . ‘Look at Me’, her third novel, is my personal favorite. Look At Me () by Anita Brookner Frances Hinton is an introspective woman, ‘ loyal and well-behaved and uncritical’, with aspirations to.

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It all culminates in a horrible dinner with the whipped cream and custard symbolic of their friendship. I found Look At Me so devastatingly incisive about loneliness, longing, having an acute awareness of how others see you, and the exquisite pain of dashed hope. For once a thing is known it can never be unknown.

But continues to feel it, and say it to the reader. This early novel by Brookner is about Frances Hinton, a not-young woman who works in the reference library of a medical research institute and does not like to be called Fanny. Complementing personalities, perfect chemistry, and never fighting, except for playfully. nrookner

The five best Anita Brookner novels

I googled and learned. I knew that I could never learn enough about them, but also that I might never understand what I learned. borokner

Instead, she seeks the company of gilded extroverts like the Frasers — as though their personalities will rub off on her without any effort being made on her part; as though the isolation and dullness of fellow outcasts such as former library employee Mrs Morpeth, who she visits monthly out of a sense of duty she can never quite banish might, too, be catching.

Frances finds herself deeply affected.

It is not, nor was it ever. Look at Me is an undoubtedly intelligent novel. Judy Krueger 28 July at Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.


But eventually, very cruelly, when Fanny proves not effervescent enough she’s a sober, careful woman who hopes one day to write a satirical novelNick and Olivia borokner James another lover more suited to their thirst for stimulation.

Personally, I wanted a bit more of the wit that the narrator claimed to be putting into her own novel.

LOOK AT ME by Anita Brookner | Kirkus Reviews

Brooknet intense read for any woman who is single and wishing she were not, and not for the faint of heart. Face up and sing. She is a anitz of a monster. Subscribe to the Learn This Phrase newsletter or find me on Goodreads. Nov 18, Luisa Fer rated it really liked it. Olivia is of course the only good character, symbolically disabled, mostly silent, and whose absence yet constant evoking remind us that Frances is not entirely in control or sole sovereign of her writing. Julian Barnes remembers lunching with Brookner and asking what she was working on at anta moment.

Her characters only ever escape to France temporarily, but it persists in their imagination like a high watermark of civilisation and sophistication, a dream possibility. They merely thought themselves sensible. Notify me of new comments via email.

It is an acute portrayal of how familial upheaval can cause misunderstanding and madness, damaging those you love most. I am sure it will be a joy whichever path it takes me down.

The author makes you squirm, she is so observent. Other than that the description pretty much nails her. She maintains that she does not love James even as she builds an imagined future around him; insists that she doesn’t mind, even likes, Alix’s patronising habit of calling her ‘Little Orphan Fanny’, despite the fact that on the very first page of the book she baldly states ‘I do not like to be called Fanny’; tries to play down her adoration of the Frasers by claiming that the time she spends with them is all simply research for her fiction.


No one sees her as a writer: Jan 06, Jane rated it it was amazing Shelves: I could not wait for Nancy to retire to her television, and I even went to my mother’s bathroom cabinet and took two of her sleeping pills from the bottle.


May 05, Katie Maguire rated it it was amita. A brilliant little novel that nails the experience of trying, with all one’s heart, to become someone society might want to know.

Email required Address never made public. Her actions, of course, are impeccable, but her inner commentary repeatedly undercuts the sincerity of them. She has much in common with Brookner but the most important thing is that she is a writer and as such an obsessive observer of people.

There is of course the possiblility you have read this, if so what did you think? Her sensitivity is fathomless, yet her forced detachment verges on inhuman. Yet Brookner’s style of narrative — reflective, measured, expository — is, in her hands, exactly right; her prose alone is, quite simply, exquisite.

The two couples in both books brookneg only interested in being amused, entertained and once they get bored with anything or anyone they simply drift off.