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Hotel du Lac [Reading] ➷ Hotel du Lac By Anita Brookner – Thomashillier.co.uk In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her international reputation Anita Brookner finds a new vocabulary for framing the eternal uestion Why love It tells the story of Edith Hope In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her international reputation Anita Brookner finds a new vocabulary for framing the eternal uestion Why love It tells the story of Edith Hope who writes romance novels under a pseudonym When her life begins to resemble the plots of her own novels however Edith flees to Switzerland where the uiet luxury of the Hotel du Lac promises to resore her to her sensesBut instead of peace and rest Edith finds Hotel du Kindle - herself seuestered 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.


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  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    ”Her friend and neighbour Penelope Milne who tight lipped was prepared to forgive her only on condition that she disappeared for a decent length of time and came back older wiser and properly apologetic For I am not to be allowed my lapse as if I were an artless girl she thought; and why should I be? I am a serious woman who should know better and am judged by my friends to be past the age of indiscretion; several people have remarked upon my physical resemblance to Virginia Woolf; I am a householder a ratepayer a good plain cook and a deliverer of typescripts well before the deadline; I sign anything that is put in front of me; I never telephone my publisher; and I make no claims for my particular sort of writing although I understand that it is doing uite well”Edith Hope was supposed to get married but at the 11th hour decided that it would be a grave mistake Not the getting married part but the getting married to the man who uite possibly might stupefy her to death As crushing as being lonely can be doubling down by being married to a person who doesn’t make your heart beat faster when you hear their footsteps only adds another layer of unhappiness that can lead to rocks in pockets and an immersion in the closest river But now that she has proven herself unstable she obviously needs some time for self reflection as if she doesn’t do that enough all the time hopefully to return repentant for all the trouble she put her friends through with this rather unexpected lapse of judgment See what they don’t knowisthatshe has a loverHe is unavailable except for short lustful encounters and too brief moments of domesticity that are so wonderful that she starts to envision what she wants ”My idea of happiness is to sit in a hot garden all day reading or writing utterly safe in the knowledge that the person I love will come home to me in the evening every evening” Is that too much to ask? Is that really just too much to hope for? She has been dispatched to the Hotel du Lac in Switzerland I’d say she was fleeing but that isn’t uite right It has been strongly suggested by her friends and acuaintances that she reuires some time to come to different decisions Frankly I’d say she needs different friends and acuaintances At least maybe in this plush hotel in the offseason she can find some unusual characters who will add flesh to her characters in a novel Like this lovely melancholy woman ”Naturally she sulks She eats cakes as others might go slumming But she is very sad because she longs for a child and I don’t think she will ever have one She is so beautiful so thin so over bred Her pelvis is like a wishbone”Or how about the infuriating Philip Neville who challenges everything she believes seemingly for his own amusement ”He conducts himself altogether gracefully He is well turned out she thought surveying the panama hat and the linen jacket He is even good looking an eighteenth century face fine reticent full lipped with a faint bluish gleam of beard just visible beneath the healthy skin A heartless man I think Furiously intelligent Suitable”Suitable? Edith is still writing every chance she gets After all she has never missed a deadline It is something she can control and escaping into her writing is therapeutic though a singular endeavor by design Even so she has not emerged from her “lapse in judgment” unscathed ”She felt a weariness that seemed to preclude any enthusiasm any initiative any relaxation Fiction the time honoured resource of the ill at ease would have to come to her aid but the choice of a book presented some difficulties since when she was writing she could only read something she had read before and in her exhausted state a febrile agitation invisible to the naked eye tended to distance even the very familiar”If I am too exhausted or too stressed to read I am in worst shape than what most people could really understand I could see Edith patting my hand with the proper amount of sympathy serving me some hot tea and some of her plain cooking while we chatted amiably under a lattice garden shade Anita Brookner won the Booker Prize for Hotel du Lac in 1984 She published her first novel at the age of 53 so there is hope for all us late blooming writers She writes about loneliness and unattainable love with characters who have difficulty fitting into normal society Interestingly enough she never married but stayed home and took care of her aging parents I think she knew of what she wrote I’ve seen the criticism leveled at her accusing her of writing the same book over and over again with very similar themes I’ve only read one book by her so I can’t really comment on that criticism except to say that sometimes there is comfort in picking up a writer and knowing exactly what the basic themes of the plot will be Since I identify with characters like Edith Hope I can certainly see myself returning to the world of Anita Brookner while steaming the glass of the mirror she holds up for me If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  2. Ilse Ilse says:

    'I do not sigh and yearn for extravagant displays of passion for the grand affair the world well lost for love I know all that and know that it leaves you lonely No what I crave is the simplicity of routine An evening walk arm in arm in fine weather A game of cards Time for idle talk Preparing a meal together'WellPerhaps these moderate and modest dreams perhaps shared by uite a few of us readers regardless of gender and whether in a romantic relationship or not? permit to categorise Anita Brookner’s protagonist Edith Hope as a romantic Author of romantic novels Edith Hope penname Vanessa Wilde finds herself sent off by friends to an exclusive old fashioned Swiss hotel so she can reflect on her sins and stay out of the picture of attention for a while after she has caused some scandal nature of which is scrupulously kept from the reader until half way the book Ending up in the hotel off season the introverted mousy and middle aged Edith cannot avoid getting entangled into the small circle of a few other mostly female guests still staying in the hotel floating on the dull soporific waves of ennui and passivity observing their staid calmly rippling existence with her writer’s keen and sharp eye The women Edith encounters seem actors in their own life The narcissistic Mrs Pusey relies on her past glory and inherited wealth as a once venerated wife and now blossoming widow filling the void with jabbering along on trivialities and buying expensive clothes; her daughter Jennifer seems no than an devoted cuddle toy to and pale copy from her mother; madame de Bonneuil an old aristocratic lady has been dumped in the hotel by her only son to have her out of the way of the bitchy daughter in law; the diva like Monica is threatened with divorce if not curing from an eating disorder in order to produce an heir Just like Edith lets herself being dragged by the fancies of Mrs Pusey and Monica she half heartedly submits to the advances made to her by the cynic Mr Neville seeing her as a fitting object in his cunning plans Fooled somewhat by the publication date of the novel 1984 I was rather stupefied by the petty moralistic attitude of society on single women and marriage Anita Brookner conjures up in her novel Discussing the novel in the reading group I attend the moderator told us that the novel is actually set in the fifties I didn’t find any clue to that in the novel Such dating in my opinion made Edith’s reflections on the position of women work and marriage however sound sensible at times the preoccupancy with marriage made me wonder if I was caught up in a Jane Austen persiflage however at the same time I was puzzled by the every so often serious tone of Edith’s musings The ladies in my reading group who are a tad older than me assured me that Brookner’s portrayal of the position of women in the fifties would have been fairly realistic also reminding me of the times women were forced to uit teaching in Catholic schools the moment they marriedAt first Edith gives the impression having at least superficially internalised her time and culture’s dominant view on the vocation of women Gradually she realises her position as a writer however offers her the opportunity to make her own choices independently of what is presumed the decent thing to doBrookner’s elegant pen is dipped in dry wit on her best moments reminiscent of that other novelist who started to write fiction later in life Penelope Fitzgerald The vista on the social microcosm nourished by and thriving in a the hotel context reminded me of the novella’s of Stefan Zweig and of Vicky Baum’s Grand Hotel which I read last yearThe novel comprises some brilliant moments and I tremendously liked the fine way in which Brookner laces her novel with literary allusions like depicting one of the characters as a Chekhovian The Lady with the Little Dog Monica and her lap dog Kiki It was by stumbling upon a phrasing of no than three words Brookner’s exuisite subtlety shines Waving not drowning – which is the reverse of the poem of Stevie Smith Fionnuala refers to in her review of Smith’s Novel on Yellow Paper Unlike the poor man in the poem Edith isn’t drowning in her situation like her friends who put her on the plane to Switzerland fear Edith is waving she is free and not drowning in self pity Slow paced and rather uneventful Brookner’s novel to my taste lingers a bit too long on rather mundane affairs by boundless descriptions of refined garb and appearances – throughout the whole slender novel the reader is perhaps once too often reminded how stifling dull grey and boring idle upper class life in the hotel is I am not sure if Brookner’s novel can be considered feminist I was a little nonplussed by Brookner’s gender stereotyping and the novel certainly isn’t of the kind that professes a great belief in the idea of sisterhood The appalling couetry of some of the ladies irritated me as well as the rather cliché ridden depiction of it by Brookner Such however is uite functional in the narrative making some of the musings of Edith relatable to the reader The company of their own sex Edith reflected was what drove many women into marriage The novel could be read as a somewhat sardonic satirical take on the typical Harleuin romance with a couple of nice plot twists and a finer and less predictable endingThe copy I read contained a marvellously generous tribute to Brookner written by Julian Barnes in 1984 his ‘Flaubert’s Parrot’ lost out the Booker to ‘Hotel to Lac’ in which he remembers her as ‘a novelist of peerless wit and insight and one of the most distinguished art historians of recent times’ Barnes’s essay can be read here ½


  3. Kevin Ansbro Kevin Ansbro says:

    Theoretically Edith Hope an English writer of romantic fiction who leads a vanilla existence and who bears a resemblance to Virginia Woolfe has retreated to an out of season hotel in Switzerland to work on her latest novel In reality she view spoilerhas indulged in a bit of naughtiness with someone other than her fella hide spoiler


  4. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    A very slow mournful novel set in an end of season hotel which may just may be a metaphor or sumpin Everything happens in slowmo walks meals coffee tea cakes clothes pages of those walks mothers daughters gloomy memories walks talks a small dog gauntness autumnal colours pallor crepuscularity damned walks wretched meals the god damned dog again clothes and on p 143 thismy patience with this little comedy is wearing a bit thinIt's a ghastly vision of humanity presented here to be sure bitter and defeated In this world we swim slowly in a social fishtank constantly judging and appraising each other's sexual sartorial social and financial status The women relentlessly and mercilessly judge all other women they encounter the men likewise Our heroine says the company of their own sex was what drove many women into marriage Some kind of bleak view of women I say But generalisations like this pop up all over women hide their sadness thought Edith Their joy they like to show off to one another Or men like the feeling they have had to fight other men for possession of women Wow this is so pre feminist It was written in the 80s but reads like the 40s And it won the Booker What? What?? I was expecting something acrid and memorable but I got this wallow in antiue stereotypes and fake psychological insight Typical sentence This banal and inappropriate excursion seemed to her almost perverse in its lack of attractions; she had supposed that they might be going on another walk


  5. Robin Robin says:

    'If your capacity for bad behaviour were being properly used you would not be moping around in that cardigan'Oh if he only knew Edith Hope and her dowdy cardigan know about bad behaviour well enough I won't spill the beans but it's precisely because of her bad behaviour that she's been seuestered at the snooty Swiss Hotel du Lac until society at large can recover from their shock or distain and unknot their panties or whatever they need to do This 1984 Booker winner is set in prissy 50s England Say no Edith languishes at the Hotel du Lac where not much of anything happens and she doesn't get the telephone call she's waiting for Being the writer she is she people watches and there are some interesting specimens like the ghastly Mrs Pusey and her daughter Jennifer but even that grows old after a timeI have to say that it was growing a little old for me too The seemingly endless descriptions of surroundings and people The deadness of the place A plot so rooted that we barely move two steps out of the muted dining roomThat's not to say it's a bad book It's uiet it's contemplative It ponders a lot about what goes on between men and women and who wins in the end And what does winning look like? For Mrs Pusey it's having the infantile adoration of her grown daughter and the financial ability to make countless shopping trips for expensive nightgowns For Edith it's love and companionshipEdith is a romance novelist who happens to believe in what she writes which may well mean she will be alone forever because darling in the cardigan the world just doesn't work like that People do what they want or what is easiest for them sneaking out of hotel rooms in the wee hours with a discreet hush of a closed door Her belief and her hope make her a bit of an idealist and maybe she won't get what she wants but there's always the possibility which makes life worth living


  6. Annet Annet says:

    This book I'm going in two directions with this one On the one hand at times boring me on the other hand an interesting story with interesting observations on persons environment and the theme love by a sadly portraited woman who imo is strong in the end of the book


  7. Duane Duane says:

    This review contains spoilers1984 Booker Prize WinnerEdith Hope a successful romance writer has made some mistakes two of them actually; she is having an affair with a married man and she walked out on her wedding to another man at the last minute So her friends suggest that she take a change of scenery another way of saying get out of town for awhile So she gets away to Switzerland and the luxurious Hotel du Lac But it's later in the story when the reader is told the reason for her tripFor some this novel is slow to start there is just not a lot of action But Brookner is slowly building the foundation for her characters and the story Her detailed descriptions of everything; the characters the hotel her own history and feelings It's very much in the style of Henry James I think just shorter sentences and paragraphs than the great man was famous forWhat Edith finds when she gets to the hotel is a group of very eccentric inmates But this group helps her find the bearings for her own life's course helps her decide between love and security because at this point in her life she knows she can't have both This story is her journey through the icebergs of her life and the Hotel du Lac And the writing is excellent as you would expect in a Booker Prize winner and it has to be in a novel structured like this it's simply the difference between success and failure4 solid stars


  8. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I knew I was going to like this book the minute I read Edith's description of her hotel room decorated as it is in shades of overcooked veal There are so many moments of humor in these pages but it is uiet blink and you might miss it humor People feel at home with low moral standards It is scruples that put them offThe company of their own sex Edith reflected was what drove many women into marriageThe first 100 pages or so of the novel Edith is of a narrator of the characters in the hotel There are hints of a mistake she has made ending in her retreat either a rejuvenation or a running away in this fine but non flashy hotel in Switzerland The hotel itself is a character as are the people working and staying there She muses on them and as she gets to know them has to change some of her opinions In the second half is known of her back story while her present day moves forward Without spoiling anything that happens I want to say that I find I am far empathetic to a woman in literature who is alone but self possessed over a woman who lets life be decided for her I enjoyed the character of Edith very much


  9. Eric Eric says:

    A uite book beautifully so The simple prose is deceiving the book is not simple but elegant and superbly crafted The words wrap you like the mist that weaves in and out of the landscape A story of an older woman on a vacation alone Loved itAnyone who has ever contemplated or experienced the noisy uiet that happens when you are by yourself but surrounded by others who are all there together Please read it


  10. Barry Pierce Barry Pierce says:

    A novel that is minimalist in every way Reads like watching a cloud pass Every word meticulously placed Much like this review


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