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Altered States by Anita Brookner
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Jan 23, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in January, 2010

Brookner is brilliant at portraying human irrationality--her characters, like we ourselves, watch as they do things they know they shouldn't do, do things they know they will regret, as if watching a delinquent sibling. They feel passion for people they know will do them no good. They marry people they do not love. They hurt people who do not deserve to be hurt. Brookner sees all of this and portrays it with a wry affection for the human condition.
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