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Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
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Jun 15, 2013

really liked it
Read from May 16 to 26, 2013

this book came along in the perfect time of my life. Recommended.

Full review: This was great. I loved it. I really did. I'm almost tempted to give it a full 5 stars. Perhaps it's because I find the Booker Prize winners to often be a struggle, but for what ever reason, this book just grabbed me. It was funny, it was sardonic, and Edith's private life bemused me almost as much as it bemused her.

Edith's observations of the guests at the Hotel, and her observations and recountings of her own 'scandal' are great. It came along at the perfect time for me, in it's recounting of passion, secrecy, longing, and ultimately the conclusion that sometimes to be happy in love, you've got to be selfish as hell. Or at least try to look out for number one...

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05/16/2013 marked as: currently-reading
05/21/2013 page 95
49.0% "'It is a mistake to confuse happiness with one particular situation, one particular person. Since I freed myself from all that I have discovered the secret of contentment... It is simply this. Without a huge emotional investment, one can do whatever one pleases. One can take decisions, change one's mind, alter one's plans... One can be as pleasant or as ruthless as one wants.'"
05/26/2013 marked as: read
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