Altered States

by Anita Brookner | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0140255923 Global Overview for this book
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Journal Entry 1 by aussieangel2 from Dayton, Western Australia Australia on Tuesday, March 29, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Booker Prize winner Brookner excels at rendering the stoic, muted lives of lonely people. In another of her coolly rendered but immensely absorbing novels, she trains her keenly observant eye on the fear of facing old age alone. Her 16th novel (after Incidents in the Rue Laughier) is also a stunning study of obsessive passion and of the ways one man's promising life is irrevocably altered by an unwise but irresistible attraction. Narrator Alan Sherwood, a conventional, dutiful London solicitor, now in his mid-50s, looks back on events that shaped his life over 15 years earlier: his reckless, mad lust for and one-night liaison with scornful, self-centered Sarah Miller (granddaughter of his father's first wife); his loveless marriage-on-the-rebound to prim, clinging Angela Milsom; the still-birth of their infant daughter, which Angela unfairly blames on Alan's absence (he was off secretly pursuing Sarah); and Angela's subsequent suicide. Using Alan's soul searching as the framework of her narrative, Brookner explores the discordant ways men and women view each other and the world. Alan, who mythologizes calculating, ruthless Sarah as a "passively demonic" pre-Raphaelite vision, later comes to understand that childishly dependent Angela, who inhabits the other end of the spectrum, is as aberrant a personality as Sarah. Indeed, it is a little disconcerting that Brookner's view of female nature here seems essentially uncharitable and extreme. All the women in this book, including Alan's mother and his uncle's new wife, create some sort of havoc in trying to balance their needs for intimacy and independence. Yet Brookner makes them credible, and her story of a decent man forever adrift in "intense and hopeless longing" is alive with tension and heartbreak.
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Journal Entry 3 by wingtqdwing from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Friday, September 7, 2007
Thanks heaps, aussieangel2! Your parcel turned up today, on what is supposed to be a public holiday (for APEC). Obviously not a holiday for Australia Post!

And many thanks (again) to crimson-tide for organising the sweepstake.

Journal Entry 4 by wingtqdwing at Crown Hotel, Elizabeth St in Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Released 12 yrs ago (2/9/2010 UTC) at Crown Hotel, Elizabeth St in Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia

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Clearing my shelves of books that have lingered here for far too long. Will release at meetup (bookdrinks!) tonight.

Happy hunting/reading!

Journal Entry 5 by wingFlightwing from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Picked up at Sydney February BookCrossing MeetUp.

Journal Entry 6 by wingFlightwing at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, October 31, 2021
Another TBR book off the pile due to lock-down opportunities.

It was an interesting storyline about obsession and relationships.

Journal Entry 7 by wingFlightwing at Lord Roberts Hotel in Darlinghurst, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Released 4 mos ago (4/12/2022 UTC) at Lord Roberts Hotel in Darlinghurst, New South Wales Australia

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Released at Sydney April 2022 MeetUp aka BookDrinks

Journal Entry 8 by Pixette at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, August 6, 2022
Picked this up at last month's Sydney Bookcrossing meetup. Will release at my local little street library

Journal Entry 9 by Pixette at Zoe's Post - Street Library in Darlinghurst, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, August 6, 2022

Released 1 wk ago (8/6/2022 UTC) at Zoe's Post - Street Library in Darlinghurst, New South Wales Australia

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Released into my local little street library

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