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Falling Slowly (Paperback)

Author:  Anita Brookner
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375704248
ISBN-13: 9780375704246
Sku: 30532931
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  240
Age Range:  NA
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The peaceful, contemplative lives of the Sharpe sistersMiriam, a translator of French texts, and Beatrice, a professional pianistare complicated by three very different menMax, Beatrices agent; Simon, a charming married man; and journalist Tom Rivers. Reprint. *Author: Brookner, Anita *Publication Date: 2000/01/04 *Number of Pages: 240 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.50
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The peaceful, contemplative lives of the Sharpe sistersMiriam, a translator of French texts, and Beatrice, a professional pianistare complicated by three very different menMax, Beatrice's agent; Simon, a charming married man; and journalist Tom Rivers. Reprint.The peaceful, contemplative lives of the Sharpe sisters--Miriam, a translator of French texts, and Beatrice, a professional pianist--are complicated by three very different men--Max, Beatrice's agent; Simon, a charming married man; and journalist Tom RiversIn Falling Slowly, Anita Brookner brilliantly evokes the origins, nature, and consequences of human isolation. As middle age settles upon the Sharpe sisters, regret over chances not taken casts a shadow over their contented existence. Beatrice, a talented if uninspired pianist, gives up performing, a decision motivated by stiffening joints and the sudden realization that her art has never brought her someone to love. Miriam, usually calm and lucid, slides headlong into an affair with a charming, handsome--and very married--man. And as each woman awakens to the urgency of her loneliness, illness threatens to sever them both from the one happiness they have grown to count on: each other. Painfully wise, the Sharpe sisters embody the conflicting yearnings Jane Austen delineated in Sense and Sensibility.
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The lives of two unhappy and disappointed sisters are followed over the course of many years, during which Beatrice gives up her career as a pianist, grows old, and dies, and Miriam becomes involved with a married man who never gives her what she desires--a conventional life as someone's wife.
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Anita Brookner
The only child of two Polish Jews, Anita Brookner was extremely fond of her difficult and elusive parents and still describes herself as a "grown-up orphan" and a supremely lonely person. A precocious reader, Brookner was introduced to the classics of English literature by her father, and went on to study history at the University of London. She later gained a Ph.D. in art history and lived and studied in Paris for three years. She served for many years on the faculty of the Courtauld Institute in London and has published several books on 18th- and 19th-century French art, on which she is a recognized expert. She began writing novels during her summer vacations (as she says, to keep from feeling sorry for herself because she had nothing to do) and eventually gave up her career as an art historian to be a full-time novelist. Her books have won many honors, including the Booker Prize.

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