In an ambitious departure from her usual form, Anita Brookner expands her canvas in FAMILY AND FRIENDS to create a richly textured novel about the life of a wealthy Jewish family in London, centering upon the generation that came to maturity between the two World Wars. "Brookner works a spell on the reader; being under it is both an education and a delight".--WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD.
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Beginning with a wedding photograph, this story charts the loves and lives of a family and their friends, following each of them through their own struggles, triumphs and sorrows. Anita Brookner is the author of Brief Lives, Lewis Percy, Providence, A Start in Life and Fraud.From the Back Cover:
Sofka Dorn, matriarch of a prosperous German family living in England, rules her four children with an exacting hand. Frederick, the eldest son, is a disgracefully charming' ladies' man, and like his flirtatious sister, Betty, is adored and indulged by his mother. Alfred and Mimi, both steady and solitary, are a disappointment to Sofka, who values strength and boldness of spirit. But, as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the struggle to escape the family order will prove a test for all four children alike…
"The novel is carefully measured and balanced. Anita Brookner's grasp of character is very strong and she has a merciless comic gift"
PETER ACKROYD, 'Sunday Times'
"A classic of its kind, pregnant with hidden meaning and psychology. Anita Brookner writes with such deceptive ease – each character she creates is beautifully rounded. She is a writer of bewitching readability"
"Cool, precise, deliciously ironic. Every page has gems that beg to be read aloud. Brookner's acerbic view of human nature is entertaining, refreshing and all too true"
"One senses a marvellous coherence and clarity as each character is exposed to light. The characters are interesting because they are exact"
"Gracefully written, smooth, transparent, intricate, neatly plotted"
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Book Description PENGUIN BOOKS LTD, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140147462