'This would soon be a new day, all too closely resembling the others, the normal days of his present existence, in which nothing happened nor could be expected to happen' At seventy-three Herz is facing an increasingly bewildering world. He cannot see his place in it or even work out what to do with his final years. Questions and misunderstandings haunt Herz like old ghosts. Should he travel, sell his flat, or propose marriage to an old friend he has not seen in thirty years? Herz believes that he must do something, only he doesn't know what this next big thing in life should be . . . 'Beautifully written, it draws you in and holds you fast' Daily Mail
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Anita Brookner was born in south London in 1928, the daughter of a Polish immigrant family. She trained as an art historian, and worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art until her retirement in 1988. She published her first novel, A Start in Life, in 1981 and her twenty-fourth, Strangers, in 2009. Hotel du Lac won the 1984 Booker Prize. As well as fiction, Anita Brookner has published a number of volumes of art criticism.From AudioFile:
Award-winning British author Anita Brookner is known for her intelligent novels, character-driven stories that focus on the inner lives of apparently placid people whose most dramatic action may be inaction. In this one a 73-year-old man who has lived a quiet life as a bookseller considers what to do with the time he has left. Travel? Propose marriage to a friend he hasn't seen in thirty years? Move? But where? While exquisite, Brookner's studied, reflective style could be deadly in the hands of a less talented narrator. Stephen Thorne evokes Brookner's measured writing while modifying his pace and rhythm to color the story. And he enlivens the characters with a judicious mix of accents and verbal mannerisms. An impressive performance and an interesting listen. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2003. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780141013206