“Anita Brookner finds a new vocabulary for framing the eternal question “Why love?” It tells the story of Edith Hope, who writes romance novels under a psudonym. When her life begins to resemble the plots of her own novels, however, Edith flees to Switzerland, where the quiet luxury of the Hotel du Lac promises to resore her to her senses.
But instead of peace and rest, Edith finds herself sequestered at the hotel with an assortment of love’s casualties and exiles. She also attracts the attention of a worldly man determined to release her unused capacity for mischief and pleasure. Beautifully observed, witheringly funny, Hotel du Lac is Brookner at her most stylish and potently subversive.”
I read this a little while ago and it was a very lovely book. Although quite short, the language was quite challenging so I was able to enjoy it rather than devouring it! It was about an author who had gone away to a hotel in the middle of nowhere as a retreat apparently because of an incident (kept secret to begin with). As the book progresses, parts of her past are revealed and begin to build up a picture of why she is shy and slightly bitter at being sent away. When the slightly mysterious Mr Neville turns up, we finally hear her full story but an unexpected plot twist threw me off at the very end and so I ended up sitting and pondering it for a little while. It was a very thought-provoking book and I enjoyed it a lot. 4/5 rating.