2008: 189. Hotel du Lac

“From the window all that could be seen was a receding area of grey.”

Hotel du Lac, Anita Brookner

Now this was a book - one of the best I have read in a while, and certainly the first Booker Prize winner that I have read lately that I actually enjoyed.  It is a simple story - a woman has come to a hotel in Switzerland to convalesce, or, rather, to hide from the world for a bit, after she has acted rather badly at home in England.  As she heals, she interacts with the others in the small hotel.  It doesn’t sound like much, but Brookner manages to make the emotional life of this woman, and the others in the hotel as exciting as a suspense novel.  I just really enjoyed it - it reminded me of the best Virago novels I read - stories of women’s lives.  The emotion seemed real and earned, and I eagerly await reading more of Brookner’s work.*

*If this seems short, it’s because I’m going on vacation tomorrow, and not coming back until ’09, and have at least twenty-five more books to blog about (not counting whatever I read on vacation)... 


Date/Place Completed: 12/11/08; D.C.

Categories: Fiction, Library Book, Booker Prize

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017