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Strangers (Paperback)

Author:  Anita Brookner
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307472604
ISBN-13: 9780307472601
Sku: 212752892
Publish Date: 7/13/2010
Pages:  235
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Resigned to bachelorhood in his London flat, retiree Paul Sturgis unexpectedly finds himself in two relationships, including one with a separated woman he met on a holiday trip to Venice and another with an ex-girlfriend, a situation that causes him to reevaluate his perspectives. Reprint. *Author: Brookner, Anita *Publication Date: 2010/07/13 *Number of Pages: 235 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 8.00
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Resigned to bachelorhood in his London flat, retiree Paul Sturgis unexpectedly finds himself in two relationships, including one with a separated woman he met on a holiday trip to Venice and another with an ex-girlfriend, a situation that causes him to reevaluate his perspectives. Reprint.
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Booker-prize winner Anita Brookner (HOTEL DU LAC) mines familiar territory in her 24th novel--old age, loneliness, the subtle bittersweet tragedies of life--but with sublime and heartbreaking effect. As Paul Sturgis nears the age of 80, he ponders on his lack of love, family, and meaningful human connection. Despite a successful career, he has always been too polite, too reserved, and too timid to have engaged fully with his own humanity--he's a man who savors the friendly wave, the trivial niceties of a shop clerk. As he approaches his end, three women represent his last chance for something resembling love: a dead cousin's wife who matches him in isolated pride; a younger woman whose antics gall and thrill him; and an old flame, whose own life has slid into morose desperation. Those familiar with Brookner's work know better than to expect STRANGERS to provide any easy catharsis or manufactured resolution, but despite the novel's apparent calm, its nuanced, poetic, and deeply sympathetic attention to human emotion sets off an indelible series of seismic disturbances of the heart.
Author Bio
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

"Anita Brookner deploys her spare, clear prose to reveal the parched, otherwise overlooked lives of the genteel lonely. She is the polite cheerleader of the quiet and invisible." - Gill Hornby 03/01/2009

"[I]n Paul Sturgis [Brookner] has created an especially convincing specimen....With economical prose that mimics Paul's unfurnished existence, and with an effective use of repetition that echoes the garrulousness of old age, Brookner creates an affecting and unexpectedly dynamic portrait of an ordinary man in extremis." - Donna Rifkind 06/24/2009

"Brookner's fine writing is engrossing and irresistible....Since she is an art historian, it can be no accident that she paints with words. The interior landscape of her characters is delicately shaded, each brushstroke adding to a work so skilled and so affecting that it takes your breath away." - Scotia W. MacRae 07/05/2009

"[I]t is a testament to Brookner's powers as a novelist that so much is disclosed about [the protagonist], so much is ultimately felt for him by the reader, in a fictional world in which the resources for sympathy and attachment are so scarce. And it is to Brookner's great credit that the final kind of exploration that her careful, unheroic, aging protagonist embarks on as the novel closes should seem so moving and decisive." - Matthew Peters 08/30/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
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Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books USA
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