Set late in the 20th century in London with some sequences in Paris. Emma Roberts' father died when she was three. Her mother is a recluse who stays at home with her books. Emma cannot use this woman as a model in future life, she knows that, yet she has no other option.
Her self knowledge, her look back on her stilted parenting, her account of mistakes made in early life because of this faulty upbringing, is heartbreaking to read about. It makes for a very moving opening ...more
Emma Roberts is twenty six and living a fairly claustrophobic existence with her widowed mother in a London flat. Emma realises that it is time she break free from this world which includes frequent visits from her mother’s disapproving and domineering brother. Emma is a reserved young woman, who longs to be like other young women, atten ...more
After mentioning Anita Brookner in my last two reviews, I thought there was something in me that wanted to read a Brookner Book, s ...more
Dr Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature.
Some people, even those who enjoy reading Brookner's novels, say they are all sort of the same. The all deal with older (or prematurely aged younger people, mostly women) lonely bookish people who live cautious closed in lives. The women in both of these wo ...more
This would have a great book club read because of all the discussions you could have--but it would make a lousy book club read because it goes so slowly (nothing really happens at all) and most of the characters are unlikeable. Well, not unlikable but you want to give most of them a wakeup call. Ring, ring ...more
YEs, the descriptions were nice but that was about it. THe main character was totally uninspiring - in fact downright boring - did she actually do anything except travel between Paris and London, and get dumped on and used by friends and family ... and the storyline - was there one? - was boring. I very rarely use the word 'boring' but this book sums that word up perfectly.
I really cannot see what people who rated it 4 or 5 stars ...more
It's more of the same for Anita Brookner's 23rd novel. The Baltimore Sun calls the Booker Prize winner (for Hotel du Lac ) "an acquired taste, like espresso or olives," an opinion that, for better or worse, carries through the bulk of reviews for Leaving Home. While some critics hail her new novel as another dose of the author's trademark psychological acuity, others are tired of a style that reads more like a clich_
Anita Brookner as writer of consciousness:
"My departures are all the same now accomplished without difficulty but with a certain philosophical fatigu...more
I heard of Brookner at the same time as I learned about Anne Tyler, and somehow I came to imagine them as similar writers. My premature conclusion tells me they are not! Premature, obviously, I’ve only read one book by each of them, most of their writings are yet to be discovered.
My first meeting with Tyler was not all ...more
The title and back cover of Anita Brookner's novel suggest that this is about the perennial adolescent drama of breaking away from parental influences and leaving the nest. But this is only a small part of it. Emma Roberts, though younger than most of Brookner's protagonists, is already in her mid-twenties, and her quest is more a search for home than the leaving of it. She begins by moving to Paris as a graduate student of landscape architecture, staying first of all in a ho ...more
A first person narrator can be like a bad insurance policy. If something isn’t well expressed the author can always claim that’s how her narrator would hav ...more
" Sapevo, quasi con fede superstiziosa, che non bisogna mai tornare indietro, mai ripercorrere i propri passi nella speranza che tutto torni come prima, p ...more
Her protagonist in each of her books are very similar to each other; most being young woman, lonely, melancholy, pensive, muddling through life with few options available to them. Whilst this may all sound very bleak, the books are not in any way bleak. Each sentence is beautifully crafted with ideas that deserve a good few minutes to think about and mull over.
Leaving Home was another one of Anita Brookner's great books. It's is set bet ...more
Some reviewers found this story boring or depressing, but I was riveted. The only part of the book I found a little slow was near the end where Emma kept going back and forward between London and Paris. Please, just make up your mind.
I would have liked a ...more
Leaving Home is no exception. I loved how the character thinks life is going to go, and tries to figure out how to make it that way, yet never does get it there and realizes life creates itself, and what she ends up with isn't so bad even if it wasn't what she wanted.
Brookner can write, but Emma came across to me as so cold and self-absorbed that I really didn't care much about the fate of her narrow, over-analyzed life. I can't blame those who give up on this one. She and her "friend" Francoise are two peas in the same narcissistic pod.