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Edith Hope (a.k.a. romance author Veronica Wilde) has been banished by her friends to a stately hotel in Switzerland. During her stay she befriends some of the other guests, each of whom has his or her own tale. Edith struggles to come to terms with her career and love--the lack, the benefits, and the meaning thereof. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Brookner's most absorbing novel...wryly realistic...graceful and attractive." ?Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review
"Impeccably written and suffused with pleasing wit." ?Newsweek
"Distinctive, spellbinding...elegant but passionate, funny but oddly earnest.... Novels like hers are why we read novels." ?Christian Science Monitor
"A remarkable novel...Anita Brookner's best." ?Victoria Glendinning, The Sunday Times (London)
Luckily I only paid $2 for this book. It was hard to get started (this was my second go at it). It got better, then I just wanted to find out what happens. Read morePublished on June 26 2010 by Tigersoup
All I can say is that the book is not a true image of the hotel nor the place, (Vevey Switzerland) itself. Read morePublished on April 2 2002
Very subtle and understanding analysis of how a woman who likes her own company could choose singleness...Deep and entertaining reading!Published on Jan. 27 2002 by doriana bruni
The anti-heroine of the book, Edith, describes her hotel room as drab. She might as well have been describing the whole novel. There are no redeeming qualities here. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2001 by Manola Sommerfeld
Potential Readers Beware: This book is subtle, intelligent, witty, heartbreaking, arid, sensuous, eloquent and luminous. Read morePublished on May 20 2001
Anita Brookner is one of the best writers today. I read Hotel du Lac right after Undue Influence and was not disappointed. Read morePublished on April 17 2001 by Mr. NY Reader
Had just read Altered States, which I loved. Thought, if Hotel du Lac won the Booker Prize, it must be great, right? Wrong. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2000 by Lisa J. Fruitt
This is yet another excercise in semi-autobiographical snoring by an otherwise capable writer.
Why do they DO this? Read more