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1 Brookner, Anita BAY OF ANGELS
Penguin Books 2001 0140299254 / 9780140299250 Paperback Very Good+ 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: The heroines of Brookner's 20 novels are usually passive, introspective, lonely women, leading quiet lives of muted emotions. Zoe Cunningham is typical of the breed at the beginning of this excellent novel. The daughter of a self-contained widow, Zoe is pleased when her mother agrees to marry elderly, wealthy and generous Simon Gould, who carries his new wife off to his villa in the south of France. When, after a few months, Simon dies suddenly, surprising events unfold. Simon, it seems, was about to run out of money and did not even own the sumptuous villa. Zoe, whose university degree has led to a series of freelance editing jobs in London and, more important, the freedom that she craves arrives in Nice to find that her mother has suffered a breakdown and is in a clinic undergoing a sleeping cure. Ensuing events call for more action, assumption of responsibility and displays of emotion than Brookner's heroines generally demonstrate, creating dramatic tension. Beset by worries and difficult decisions, Zoe belatedly understands the limitations of her independent life: "I have the terrible freedom of which others are justifiably afraid." In working through the issues of female liberation and its compromises, and her fears about loneliness and a solitary old age, Zoe arrives at a grateful accommodation to reality and "a condition of acceptance" that finds her in a satisfying relationship. Brookner's economical prose moves gracefully and flawlessly, and her story acquires a mesmerizing intensity rooted in the reality of the events she describes with consummate skill. 
Price: 450.00 JPY
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2 Brookner, Anita FAMILY ROMANCES UK
Penguin Books Ltd 1994 0140234063 / 9780140234060 TRADE PAPER Very Good 
A novel centring on the relationship between the classic Brookner heroine ( only child, soon bereft of parents, alone in depressing flat) who becomes a feminist academic, and her pleasure-loving French aunt who's into men and bridge parties. 
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Vintage Canada 1997 0679308407 / 9780679308409 Paperback Very Good 
Six cryptic journal jottings in her French-born mother's hand drive Maffy, initially the narrator of Brookner's (Dolly) potently crafted novel, to fab ricate Maud Gonthier Harrison's single ardent girlhood affair. Having repro duced the mysterious inscription in Maud's notebook ("Dames Blanches. La Ga illardier. Place des Ternes. Sang. Edward.") and a scrap of Proust, Maffy t easingly begs the reader, "Please accept me as an unreliable narrator," the n vanishes, to appear only "inadvertently" in the tale that follows. Now in a third-person voice, Maud's story takes on a pulsating reality, involving her with charismatic "scoundrel" David Tyler and his friend since Cambridg e, Edward Harrison?the man Maud finally marries. The triangle, erotic and l atently homoerotic, forms during a sensual, heat-drenched season of the 195 0s in the French countryside; then the three drift to a borrowed house on P aris's rue Laugier. Lost in love's delirium, Maud sees Tyler as an "Apollo, " a careless divinity who descends to sport with her and Edward, while emot ionally damaging them forever. With delicate brilliance, Brookner probes Ma ud's and Edward's early family lives (Tyler, in contrast, appears from nowh ere, born of mythically rich parents) to reveal how they become so entrappe d. Like other Brookner heroines, Maud has a controlling mother whose tie wi th her is as intricately knotty as Maud's relationship is with the men. Edw ard, inflamed by Maud because of Tyler, grasps his own bewildering role as voyeuristic, feminine, childlike, servile and protective. With Tyler's with drawal, Maud and Edward grow resignedly chill as they refashion their lives 
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4 Brookner, Anita PROVIDENCE
Penguin Putnam~trade 2005 0140147446 / 9780140147445 Paperback Near Fine 
"Providence recounts, with elegance and precision, the story of a woman's e fforts to create a new life for herself ... Brookner has proved herself a m aster."-- The New York Times "Ambitious and disturbing ... uncommonly deft, witty and serious." -- The N ew York Times Book Review "Anita Brookner's themes -- experience, nationality, faith, innocence and b etrayal -- evoke the pleasures of reading Henry James. [Providence is] an i ntelligent and moving novel." -- Francine Prose "[A] perfectly observed and quietly witty novel."-- Washington Post 
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5 Brookner, Anita VISITORS
Penguin Books Ltd 1998 0140264256 / 9780140264258 TRADE PAPER Near Fine 
The reclusive Dorothea's closest relatives are her dead husband's cousin, K itty, and her husband. When Kitty's grandaughter comes to London to marry, Dorothea provides a room for Steve, the best man, thus plunging her into a world of youth that she finds both puzzling and transforming. 
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