Hotel Du Lac

Hotel Du Lac

Book - 1984
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In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her international reputation, Anita Brookner finds a new vocabulary for framing the eternal question "Why love?" It tells the story of Edith Hope, who writes romance novels under a psudonym. When her life begins to resemble the plots of her own novels, however, Edith flees to Switzerland, where the quiet luxury of the Hotel du Lac promises to resore her to her senses. But instead of peace and rest, Edith finds herself sequestered at the hotel with an assortment of love's casualties and exiles. She also attracts the attention of a worldly man determined to release her unused capacity for mischief and pleasure. Beautifully observed, witheringly funny, Hotel du Lac is Brookner at her most stylish and potently subversive. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1984
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780394542157
0394542150
9780679759324
Call Number: F Brookner
Characteristics: 184 p. ; 22 cm

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ownedbydoxies
Jun 23, 2016

Originally this title was published in 1984, but even taking that date into consideration, I found this book to be quite out of touch in terms of human behavior, and relationships. It seemed sort of gothic without being gothic. Ultimately I was dissatisfied with it all. It seemed slightly ridiculous to me how certain of the characters behaved. Their actions and beliefs made them less believable as 'real' people.

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joliebergman
Sep 23, 2014

A beautifully written story that I picked up at the wrong time and place. Despite its allure, I simply found too many other fun, exciting, and otherwise entertaining stories I wanted to read. I was not in the right mind space to focus on moody, wealthy, spoiled characters that had nothing better to do but harm each other’s hearts. Give me action and adventure instead, please. Thank you. Read the first three chapters and then the last three pages. Satisfied.

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samantha2425bk
Feb 19, 2011

When I read Hotel Du Lac many years ago, I had been through a very sad experience (love lost). The character in this book gave me great comfort in her ability to be independent and choosing to be single and not with a partner. I loved this book so much that I went to Switzerland and stayed at the Hotel Du Lac. It was, for me, exactly how Anita Brookner had described it in her book. I felt how serene it was. It was a beautiful experience.

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