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Dolly by Anita Brookner
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Jul 30, 2010

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

As with all of Brookner's books, there's very little action and most of the writing focuses on character development, especially women. I think we've all known a Dolly in our life, someone who feels about money, "You have it, I need it". I must admit, I'd love to live in the time when I could have had a full-time maid, especially one who whips up little party treats (and it turns out so did Dolly's friends). I think Brookner was heavy-handed in the contrast of how extroverted Dolly was compared to how introverted Jane and her family were. It does make you think of how money could change Dolly into different characters throughout her life, yet Jane lives her life (with money) without many changes.

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