Anita Brookner's "Hotel Du Lac" is a literary marvel. She is the kind of writer who opens up new uses for old words. She paints the portrait of a wounded woman on an enforced vacation insisted on by her "friends". Although the vacation is slow moving and meditative she slowly finds herself renewed and ready to go back home. This is a typical Brookner book where little seems to happen unless you really keep your eyes open for some of the subtleties in the story and the one or two surprises that the author always seems to insert at unexpected moments.