The Bay Of Angels
It is the story of a young woman's entrance into adulthood told in the first person. Her passivity and determined naivete are irritating, especially in the context of her constant assertions that she is an independent and emancipated woman. She is completely dependent on, and constantly seeks, paternalistic oversight of some sort, and yet rarely or only obliquely acknowledges that reliance.
Some of the scenes were to ...more
I am also uncomfortable with the reaction of the ladies in the home to male visitors, for whom they brighten considerably more than they do for female visitors. This doesn't accord with my experience visitng a home for the elderly.
This author has written the same novel too many times. How many women with thin lives do we need to ...more
The Optimist's Daughter meets The Wings of the Dove, set against the glaring light of the Med, The Bay of Angels made me feel horribly sad. (view spoiler)[One of the main characters spends half the book dying, too young, I might add. (hide spoiler)] This was not the book that I wanted to read about Nice. I wanted a romance and some adventure and a name-dropped cafe or bar I could go to and have a drink at like Zoe Cunningham did in The Bay of Angels, but neither Zoe nor her author were helping m...more
"The Bay of Angels," her 20th elegant novel, perfects an examination of loneliness that threatened to grow monotone in her last few books. Yet here, remarkably, she makes another quantum leap into psychological depth, splitting the atoms of human nature and tracing the particles that veer off.
Her nar ...more
Brookner's vocabulary is also thought-provoking, stimulating, and inspiring. I had to look up words I had never seen before. ...more
Zoe is an independent, yet lonely woman who seems to judge her happiness and worth on the basis of male interest. She appears to believe that every woman, including her mothe ...more
Our narrator; Zoe Cunningham is in many ways a typical Brookner character; I found her a little warmer and more sympathetic than some Brookner female characters. Zoe is a young woman who yearns for independence but her ...more
I could not stand the passivity and lack of get up and go in both these women.
I felt like putting a rocket up the daughter.
Set in the era leading up to women's lib, I couldn't stomach the reliance on men.