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Dolly by Anita Brookner
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Jan 13, 11

bookshelves: british, family-dynamics, read-in-2011
Read from January 06 to 12, 2011

I read a blog review somewhere that compared Brookner's books to still, deep pools. I get the comparison - her writing is very internal, psychological, character-driven, not plotty. This is one of the best I've read so far. Jane is an appealing narrator - a bit distanced, but that fits with the quiet, ruminative family in which she was raised. Her aunt Dolly is a selfish, almost ridiculous character one loves to hate, until Brookner works her magic and makes the reader actually sympathize with her. I try to read one of Brookner's novels every couple of months or so, and always savor the experience.
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