READERS GUIDE. The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your reading of Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac. Hotel Du Lac [Anita Brookner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her. Anita Brookner Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams.

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The title Hotel du Lac differs from the pattern set by Brookner’s first three novels in that it refers to a place, rather than a theme concerning its protagonist. This review contains spoilers. I was waiting for a scream and a dead body. But the outcome is far more optimistic. The other difference between these pieces of writing, and the most crucial, is that the telegram is actually sent, whereas the love letter never leaves Alc Hope’s possession.

I loved the ideas, the images.

She flirts with men and has relationships with them but also regards them as enemies, creatures she can conquer whenever and if she chooses to do briokner. In a sense, Edith is a person who waits for life to come to her, rather than going out and seizing it.

The hotel itself is a character, as are the people working and staying there. And they were loyal and devoted and all that, and both very unhappy.

Hotel Du Lac Reader’s Guide

I felt I was doing what I most enjoyed. I have no words to describe how she was able to capture the mood by using the hotel’s surroundings to reflect the sadness and hopelessness that Edith has in the first half of the book.


Whereas the former would seem to naturally draw adoration or sexual attraction, Edith Hope is the one who adores and gives herself over physically as an expression of her devotion. Or they’re the other woman. How attached then are you to the idea of Anita Brookner, novelist?

And why does he take the story so seriously? She has been remarkably successful in both fields and has published fourteen novels in as many years. 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.

Well, it’s the inwardness that I like, and the impassive gaze, really. Why this, controversially, won the Booker: She agrees to marry him because he offers her a home and security, and all her friends tell her that he will make an excellent husband.

She does so in no uncertain terms, dismissing such women as “complacent consumers of men with their complicated but unwritten rules of what is due to them. Officially, he has retired, but he still plays an active role in the business. About how being coupled allows one to relax and behave badly, and the good behavior expected of single women.

Which comparison is more accurate? Edith observes that it is Mrs. Pusey is old enough to be a crone, but comes across as a vital and vivacious wife.


Hotel Du Lac

Over lunch, he unexpectedly asks her to marry him. To explain this unlikely choice of a shepherd boy, we are told, “The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

We used to get very worried about her and think, is she ill? It seemed to be that they all were suffering in some way. Edith sees her at a party once and observes her as sexy and confident but also argumentative and discontent.

I enjoyed the character of Alc very much!! The Hotel prides itself on its discreet insulation from modern life – so character, environment and writing are all quite appropriate for and reflective of one another. The modern women’s movement that began in the s produced an upsurge in literature by and about women.

Anita Brookner, the final interview: ‘praise is irrelevant’

And then one day she lent a French book to one of my fellow students and he opened it up and her shopping list fell out. In her bearing, her manner and her conversation dj is nothing about her that is brookneer. I have no household skills. She finds him intelligent and even good-looking. Brookner taught at the University of Reading from toand since has been a Lecturer in Art History at the Courtauld.