READERS GUIDE. The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your reading of Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac. Hotel Du Lac [Anita Brookner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her. Anita Brookner Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams.

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Booker club: Hotel du Lac

Do the events of the book qnita her assessment out, or does her character prove to be darker and more subversive than she herself might anuta to admit? Is her willingness to be commandeered by Mrs. Pusey, Monica, or Penelope an indication of passivity, or does it represent a need in its own right?

Which comparison is more accurate? Have the Englishwomen at the hotel been cast off, as Edith suggests, or are they seeking refuge? Are there areas of her life about which she is not brooknerr to tell the truth, even in this intimate narrative? If so, is this apparent only when we look at her letters to David? Is his very inaccessibility part of the attraction?

What sort of marriage ru David and his wife share? Do you find this assessment to be accurate? Why has Edith chosen to be a writer of romance novels, and how does this choice affect her actions? Do you believe that once Edith returns to London, she will continue to produce the same type of fiction? She also sketches out for him her own idea of happiness. Neville, in spite of his failure to win her over to his way brooiner thinking, nonetheless influence her in making her adjust her ideas of happiness in the direction of his own?

Has her definition of it changed?

In her dealings with Monica and with Iris hohel Jennifer Pusey, Edith adopts the stance of an ironic observer who sees all the grotesque elements of the people around her.


If so, why does Edith feel the need to distance people and make them less human? Does Edith intentionally attach herself to people such as Penelope—apparently her best friend but whom she also deeply scorns—who make her feel superior?

What about Geoffrey Long? Are we, as readers, ever accorded a glimpse of Geoffrey as a real person who feels pain or love? Why does Edith feel compelled to mock him? It is clear that her mother has warped her feelings.

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In what way has Edith accepted the definitions of sex, femininity, and motherhood offered by her mother? Is her dislike of other women a legacy from her mother, or is it due to real duplicity and competitiveness in the anta of her acquaintance? Is the apparently strong bond between Iris and Jennifer brokner attractive to Edith, or does she find it fearsome and devouring?

Is Edith doomed to remain an emotional outsider unless she conforms to these rules? How is this technique employed in Hotel du Lac? What does this tell us about David and about Edith herself? Why does Edith feel unable to mail her letters to David?

Why, knowing that she will not mail them, does she feel compelled to rbookner them? How does the letter announcing her engagement to Neville differ from the earlier ones in tone and content? What does Virginia Woolf represent to Edith? Why is this resemblance flattering to her?

What emotional limitations does it encourage her to give in to? How do they lead to her final decision? How does the consciousness of sex affect her dealings with the women characters in the book? Edith readily admits to preferring men to women, but as the novel progresses, we see the beginnings of a more inclusive, sophisticated attitude, a willingness to include women in her emotional world, even to offer them her friendship.

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How does this manifest itself in the text? Do you believe that it constitutes triumph, defeat, or resignation for Edith? In rejecting Neville, what interpretation of herself does she reject?

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What longed-for things does she give up? We hope that they will give you a number of interesting angles from which to consider this elegant, deceptively simple novel, which has become a classic in the years since its publication. Introduction Edith Hope is an astute, watchful Englishwoman approaching middle age, a writer of romance novels who secretly believes in the happy endings they offer.

After Edith embarrasses her London friends by transgressing their strict but unwritten sexual and emotional codes, they ship her off to a quiet Swiss hotel in the hope that she will become once again her familiar, respectable self. During her dreamlike sojourn at the Hotel du Lac, Edith encounters a strange cast of characters, including Monica, a cast-off wife; Mrs. Pusey, an avid, narcissistic woman with her inscrutable daughter, Jennifer; and a fascinating but rather diabolical gentleman, Mr.

In this period of hiatus from her everyday world, Edith begins for the first time to reflect on her own life with real insight and honesty, and when she is offered the chance to make a radical change in her situation, she responds decisively and with a new knowledge of herself. Questions and Topics for Discussion 1. About this Author Anita Brookner was born in London in She received a B.

Brookner taught at the University of Reading from toand since has been a Lecturer in Art History at the Courtauld. From to she was Slade Professor at Cambridge, the first woman to hold that position.

Since her first novel was published inBrookner has had a dual career as an art historian and a novelist. She has been remarkably successful in both fields and duu published fourteen novels in as many years.

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