Brookner explores the complications that arise when one solitary man comes up against a woman who seems determined to invade his solitude. George Bland is an aging bachelor whose existence has been virtually a mirror image of his name--up until now. For into George's life walks Katy Gibb, young, abrasively self-assured, who incites in George the most alarming feelings.
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Anita Brookner was born in London and, apart from several years in Paris, has lived there ever since. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988.From AudioFile:
It's difficult to imagine a reader who could bring this tedious and melancholy tale to life. Certainly Judith Whale is not the person for the task. Brookner's latest revolves around George Bland, a retired Englishman as excruciatingly dull as his name suggests. He's captivated by Katy Gibb, who disrupts his routine with her pure animal magnetism, and her impure motives. The story is primarily George's internal monologue, and a male narrator would perhaps serve the material better. However, even Katy's predatory half-American, half-English inflections are flattened by Whale's clipped and careful reading. Brookner's novel, with its static situations and monotonous accumulation of detail, is ill-suited to audio, and the listener is kept at even greater remove because of the reader's dispassionate presentation. T.M. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description 1995-06-01., 1995. Book Condition: New. Penguin Books Ltd. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 224pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1734318
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2005. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780140236538
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140236538