“Look at Me (1983)
Not by any means a perfect Brookner, but an essential one. Here we get our first full view of the battle between Brookner’s insiders and outsiders. Just whose side is she on?”
Anita Brookner published her first book at the age of 53, writing 24 novels in total. More by luck than judgement, I’m pleased that I begun with the ‘essential’ Look at Me. I enjoyed it very much and intend to read The Bay of Angels soon, which I’m told is Brookner’s bleakest novel, so quite my sort of thing. This list of recommendations is helpful in guiding further exploration of Brookner’s work.
Pleased it’s proving a useful list. I hesitated about whether to include The Bay of Angels among my quintet. The Next Big Thing is in some ways its companion piece. Brookner novels often fall into contiguous pairs or groups, probably a result of such a prolific output. http://brooknerian.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/unheimlich-2.html
Thank you. Your blog has made it more certain that I shall follow the Brooknerian rabbit hole for some way.
As Brookner said to me, on the only occasion I met her, ‘I’m most gratified.’
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