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  • Although Brookner is an unconvincing and stilted writer of dialogue, there are a few splendid exchanges in scenes of sitcom horror.

    The Mistress of Gloom

  • To suggest that Brookner is a comic writer might seem perverse; she is, after all, celebrated as the mistress of gloom, the creator of a claustrophobic, overfurnished world in which heat is always oppressive, in which a cup of warm milk offers a welcome conclusion to a slow day of perambulation, in which rejection usually leads to physical decline, and in which anything so robust as physical exercise is roundly condemned.

    The Mistress of Gloom

  • The moment of dramatic disclosure in Brookner's novels is often the payoff, the entertainment that allows the reader a smile at the heroine's expense.

    The Mistress of Gloom

  • This is the philosophy that Anita Brookner has been ably illustrating since 1981, when she published the slyly witty autobiographical novel A Start in Life (titled The Debut in this country), a work that deliberately played on the title of Honoré de Balzac's Un Début dans la Vie.

    The Mistress of Gloom

  • Thirty seconds of that would make an all-night Prodigy gig seem like an evening sipping Earl Grey and reading Anita Brookner.

    So Lewis Hamilton wants a longer national anthem. Has he heard the second verse?

  • The weak link is Ellen Barkin, who is making her Broadway debut in the cartoonish role of Emma Brookner, a wheelchair-bound doctor and AIDS researcher who is as angry as Ned and twice as noble.

    Larry Kramer, Loud and Clear

  • When I first read it, Jeanette Winterson formed one corner of a triumvirate of favourite authors, the other two being occupied by Anita Brookner and Julian Barnes.

    2009 January « Tales from the Reading Room

  • And glad you likened it to Brookner; gave me an immediate glimpse into the undefinable you were talking about.

    Molly Fox’s Birthday « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Anita Brookner used to do it very well at the height of her powers.

    Molly Fox’s Birthday « Tales from the Reading Room

  • And then there was Anita Brookner, who annoyed me with a wealth of tortured emotion about not very much at all.

    The Ones That Got Away « Tales from the Reading Room


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