Incidents in the Rue Laugier

Incidents in the Rue Laugier Maud Gonthier Yearns For An Escape From The Cocoon Of The Bourgeois Modesty The Splendid, Caddish David Tyler Appears To Offer One In This Stylish, Deeply Knowing Novel By The Author Of Hotel Du Lac, Maud S Seduction Creates A Chemistry Of Longing, Sensuality, And Betrayal With A Surprising Climax

Anita Brookner published her first novel, A Start In Life in 1981 Her most notable novel, her fourth, Hotel du Lac won the Man Booker Prize in 1984 Her novel, The Next Big Thing was longlisted alongside John Banville s, Shroud in 2002 for the Man Booker Prize She has published over 25 works of fiction, notably Strangers 2009 shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Fraud 1992

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  • Hardcover
  • 233 pages
  • Incidents in the Rue Laugier
  • Anita Brookner
  • English
  • 19 May 2017
  • 9780679439158

10 thoughts on “Incidents in the Rue Laugier

  1. says:

    As I continue to read Anita Brookner s books, I find increased admiration and awe for her skill and precision in her writing Her language use is elegant and the depth of her character development is succinct and dramatic Incedents in the Rue Laugier is an absorbing study of a group of people, especially Maud Gonthier and Edward Harrison Initially as I viewed their activities, language and comportment, I had the impression that I was reading about the Victorian era However, it became evident that it was then in the 1970 s Much stress was placed on propriety, being involved with the right people and especially appearances These strictures placed upon the main characters in this novel are the essence of the psychological drama which was a constant thread throughout The major theme for Edward and Maud and others was one of longing, epecially to belong, to love and be loved and to be viewed equitably by others At the same time, it seemed important for them never to let their guards down.One could not consider this an uplifting piece, yet I was captivated immediately by Brookner s style and her ability to paint such vivid pictures with her writing.

  2. says:

    Hot stuff, hot stuff Can t get enough Hot stuff, hot stuff, Can t get enough Rolling Stones

  3. says:

    None of the reviews here seem to mention the fact that it is an unreliable narrator telling the story of Maud and Edward Please accept me as an unreliable narrator, she even writes Their daughter, Maffy, comes across some notes jotted by her mother into a notebook and discovered after both her parents have died She transforms these 9 words into a story It is a fabrication, Maffy says, one of those by which each of us lives, and as such an enormity, nothing to do with the truth But perhaps the truth we tell ourselves is woth any number of facts, verifiable or not This unrecorded story unrecorded for a very good reason is a gesture only, a gesture towards my motherwho told me nothing either of what happened or what failed to happen, and how she came to live with us, so far from home So, what is interesting than the story, to me, is how Maffy came to tell that story and why she transformed those 9 words into the story she tells.

  4. says:

    Brookner is all interior characters s motivations, fears, reveries, inner dialogue This one was exquisite.

  5. says:

    This was my second Anita Brookner I wondered for a while what era I was reading about, it seems almost Victorian Mannerly Feelings withheld A jarring introduction of birth control to let me know it was 1971 A French countrified 1971 where a good marriage meant everything to an impoverished widow for a her daughter.An odd contrivance of a daughter exploring the story of her parents through a small notebook with only a few words scattered on it.Basically the story of a loveless marriage, I was brought into the story by Brookner s use of words, she is a master detailer of the interior dialogue.After a slow start, the book quickly becomes unputdownable Maud and Edward take hold and don t let go.

  6. says:

    About a third of the way in, Brookner s style became tedious to me, a bit too internal and repetitious The story line and behavior of characters felt like they belonged to an earlier time, not the 1970s to millennium But novels set in England and France always appeal to me on some level In this story, people marry for the wrong reasons and stick it out, each trapped in his or her own longings for , or maybe the daughter is mistaken in her suppositions.

  7. says:

    Disliked the characters Too much introspection by boring people.

  8. says:

    I agree with other reviewers that _Incidents in the Rue Laugier_ gets off to a very slow start, mainly because the frame narrative and first person narrator are unrelated to the main plot line, at least until the very end of the book Then there is still exposition within the main story, which again seems unrelated until you are well into the book It took me a couple of days just to get through the first 75 pp of this book, which is about when it starts picking up By way of comparison, I usually read at least the first 75 100 pp of a book in the first sitting so to take days just to get there was veeerrry slow for me However, when I got to the last page of this one, I had the feeling of turning back to the beginning and starting over because I felt like the early information was important but less so at the outset when you are wanting plot and drive to the story Part of the problem with the lengthy exposition is that the title indicates something juicy and mysterious _Incidents in the Rue Laugier_ and instead this novel is of a character study along the lines of Henry James and other turn of the century realists Thus, I would recommend this book for fans of James and Wharton, but not for those who like plot driven narratives I found myself wishing for another title, which presents a potential mismatch of expectations Even when you get to the incidents, they seem hardly to be incidents but instead to be an extension of the story thus far.A Booker prize winning author, Brookner certainly knows how to craft dense and psychologically rich paragraphs however, I often found fault on the sentence level, where pronouns were sometimes ambiguous and dialogue was sometimes untagged For example, you might have a couple of pages about Nadine and Maud, with dialogue interspersed with third person narration, and then the narrator would say, She thought XYZ, and I often had to stop and figure out which she we were reading about Maud or Nadine Or, for example, dialogue would lapse and restart, and you wouldn t know who was saying what Similarly, one of the main characters at the outset is referred to as Edward and then quite suddenly as Harrison if you are not paying attention when he is first introduced as Edward Harrison, you might miss the very important fact that the two are the same character My difficulties here might have stemmed from my taking days to get through the early exposition, though, and getting through it quickly might have eliminated such forgetfulness on my part But these issues seemed to me to be an oversight that could have been quite easily corrected by an editor.Finally, I wondered why the author chose to make this a frame story with a self proclaimed unreliable narrator The frame seemed completely unnecessary to me, almost like it was a writing prompt to get her started with the novel and then something that she forgot to or opted not to eliminate The story of Maud Gonthier, Edward Harrison, and David Tyler could well have been told without any frame at all, and perhaps would have sped the opening exposition and facilitated a smoother entry into the main plot.

  9. says:

    I ve read many of Anita Brookner s marvelous novels This one read strangely to me For a good part of the book, I thought I was in the late 1800s or early 1900s, based on the aspirations of Nadine for her daughter Maude, the clothing, the summer holiday in the country at the house of Nadine s sisters, the young men guests who seem to have all the time in the world I was stunned to find that it was actually set in the 1970s I also wondered about her use of unreliable narrator the daughter of Maude who finds a notebook of her mother s, and in it there are only a few words a phrase by Proust, etc., and then creates what she thinks the lives of her grandmother, mother, father, etc were like It s not really accurate to call the narrator unreliable she tells us she s making this up I was interested to read to the end but it never fully grabbed me Too much languor, too many choices made that seem fitting to the time period that I thought it was, not the 1970s Still, she is a wonderful writer, and her talents with interiority are superb.

  10. says:

    Author has been called a latter day Jane Austen In this book she explores the consequences of sensuality, passion, betrayal, and of a surprising love affair.

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