Monday, May 6, 2013

Book Review - Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

Winner of the 1984 Booker Prize for Fiction

Hotel du Lac tells the story of Edith Hope, a romance novelist, who "for her own good" is sent away for a respite vacation outside Geneva at a hotel by a lake. In many ways, this is a wonderful book club selection because of the interesting (but not necessarily likeable) characters, and their motivations which are not always obvious. The ending left our members differing significantly over what choice Edith has made as she plans to return to England.

Brookner's Hotel du Lac is not for the reader looking for action. Most of our members felt that "little happened" in the course of the story. However, this IS a book for readers who enjoy elegant, astutely observed prose with meticulously drawn characters.