Providence (Paperback)

Author: Brookner, Anita

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Kitty Maule longs to be "totally unreasonable, totally unfair, very demanding, and very beautiful." She is instead clever, reticent, self-possessed, and striking. For years. Kitty has been tactfully courting her colleague Maurice Bishop, a detached, elegant English professor. Now, running out of patience, Kitty's amorous pursuit takes her from rancorous academic committee rooms and lecture halls to French cathedrals and Parisian rooming houses, from sittings with her dress-making grandmother to seances with a grandmotherly psychic. Touching, funny, and stylistically breathtaking, Providence is a brightly polished gem of romantic comedy.

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Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780679738145
SKU 30118337
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0679738142
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Author Info
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.
Praise
"With several other British novelists of past and present, Anita Brookner shares a love of order and pattern, a discreet sense of humor, and a piquant awareness of manners, as well as a rather small canvas. These are novels for a disciplined sensibility... 'Providence' has many of the Brooknerian virtues...: elegant prose, ironic humor, a delicate astuteness about character, and a fine sensitivity to the oddities of various social groups. Anita Brookner, an art historian, writes with painterly attention to detail."
"Kitty Maule is a watcher, reserved, intelligent and controlled. The subject of her scrutiny...is her life...She is a keen observer, but by the end of 'Providence' it is clear that she has gotten it all wrong."
"Anita Brookner's themes--experience, nationality, faith, innocence and betrayal--evoke the pleasures of reading Henry James...An intelligent and moving novel."
From the Publisher
Annotation A scholar of romanticism finds her own life disappointing. In love with a professor colleague, she discovers that her love is unrequited.
First Line Kitty Maule was difficult to place.
Editors Note This brightly polished yet immensely touching comedy presents the romantic quest of Kitty Maule, who, in revenge against the impossibly charming and elusive man who rejects her, resolves to become "totally unreasonable, totally unfair, very demanding, and very beautiful, " to any number of others.
Editors Note 3 Kitty Maule longs to be "totally unreasonable, totally unfair, very demanding, and very beautiful." She is instead clever, reticent, self-possessed, and striking. For years. Kitty has been tactfully courting her colleague Maurice Bishop, a detached, elegant English professor. Now, running out of patience, Kitty's amorous pursuit takes her from rancorous academic committee rooms and lecture halls to French cathedrals and Parisian rooming houses, from sittings with her dress-making grandmother to seances with a grandmotherly psychic. Touching, funny, and stylistically breathtaking, Providence is a brightly polished gem of romantic comedy.
Editors Note 4 Kitty Maule, an innocent young Englishwoman, falls in love with a suave professor at the college where she teaches, and for once, is determined to try and win something she really wants
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0192
Publisher Vintage Books
Series Part 0000

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