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A Friend from England av Anita Brookner
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A Friend from England (urspr publ 1987; utgåvan 1988)

av Anita Brookner

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Solitary and self-sufficient, Rachel leads a well-ordered life free from emotional entanglements and commitments. So when she befriends the lively and affectionate Livingstone family – Oscar, Dorrie and much-adored daughter, Heather – their mutual fondness is a puzzle. Drawn swiftly into their domestic maelstrom, Rachel finds herself enlisted as wise friend and unofficial chaperone to the feckless Heather, little foreseeing that her charge's chaotic emotional life will bring devastating consequences for them both… "Miss Brookner is as devastatingly intelligent and ruthlessly honest as ever. She writes so clearly, so uncompromisingly: she is as austere as George Eliot but has the wit of Jane Austen. This is a small masterpiece"SUSAN HILL "No one who cares about writing can be other than pleased by the effortlessly lovely turns of phrase, changes of tone and covert skills that Brookner commands and deploys with such grace in 'A Friend from England'"SARA MAITLAND, 'Daily Telegraph' "There is real meaning to Brookner's characters, and this account of their lives is convincing, pitiful, just, admonitory, chilling and successful"BERNARD LEVIN, 'Sunday Times' "Anita Brookner's writing invites comparisons with painting; at its best it has a luminosity which fixes character and image, elevating poignancy into minor tragedy"SHENA MACKAY, 'Evening Standard'… (mer)
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Titel:A Friend from England
Författare:Anita Brookner
Info:Pantheon (1988), Hardcover, 205 pages
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Wonderfully written! ( )
  Anna_Maria_Polidori | Sep 6, 2017 |
Wonderfully written! ( )
  buckwriter | Jan 29, 2017 |
This is the second book I've read by [[Anita Brookner]] and I've loved them both. Brookner is fantastic at writing a character's inner life. This book is about Rachel, a single, independent, working, woman who takes up with the Livingstone family. Oscar and Dorrie are an older couple and their grown daughter, Heather, is sort of matched up with Rachel as a friend, though neither seems to care about the other much at all. When Heather gets married, Rachel becomes more and more critical of Heather's choices and adamant about Heather's duties as a daughter. Rachel's criticisms of Heather reveal more and more about her own personality and desires as this first person narrative unfolds.

I really loved the writing, the subtlety, and the insight present in this novel. I will pick up any Brookner novel I see from now on. ( )
  japaul22 | Jun 15, 2016 |
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Solitary and self-sufficient, Rachel leads a well-ordered life free from emotional entanglements and commitments. So when she befriends the lively and affectionate Livingstone family – Oscar, Dorrie and much-adored daughter, Heather – their mutual fondness is a puzzle. Drawn swiftly into their domestic maelstrom, Rachel finds herself enlisted as wise friend and unofficial chaperone to the feckless Heather, little foreseeing that her charge's chaotic emotional life will bring devastating consequences for them both… "Miss Brookner is as devastatingly intelligent and ruthlessly honest as ever. She writes so clearly, so uncompromisingly: she is as austere as George Eliot but has the wit of Jane Austen. This is a small masterpiece"SUSAN HILL "No one who cares about writing can be other than pleased by the effortlessly lovely turns of phrase, changes of tone and covert skills that Brookner commands and deploys with such grace in 'A Friend from England'"SARA MAITLAND, 'Daily Telegraph' "There is real meaning to Brookner's characters, and this account of their lives is convincing, pitiful, just, admonitory, chilling and successful"BERNARD LEVIN, 'Sunday Times' "Anita Brookner's writing invites comparisons with painting; at its best it has a luminosity which fixes character and image, elevating poignancy into minor tragedy"SHENA MACKAY, 'Evening Standard'

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