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on 24 May 2005
This book will be enjoyable to Brookner fans as it contains many of her trademark features, long walks, empty Sundays, coffee, a healthy income(although not at the beginning of the book, it does come later)visits to Selfridges Food Hall and a French connection. Most of all it has long paragraphs of prose which engulf the reader into Brookner-land where many of us would like to live permanently. The story starts out carefully, introducing Emma and her plans to escape to France to persue her studies on a very tight budget. She leaves behind her sparse family, and lives as something of an outsider, befriending an outgoing French girl into whose family she becomes embroiled.As the book progresses, Emma gradually grows into independence and accepts herself and her situation.
Anita Brookner is a novelist who takes a small canvas and paints her story with precision. This book is unlikely to be of interest to those who like fast moving or adventurous plots, but will please readers who like to find out all the details of the characters and to savour rich and well constructed prose.