Teaser Tuesdays: Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Ohhh I’m smitten! Thanks so much to Thomas at My Porch for causing me to seek out Anita Brookner. You were so right; she is worth it. My post re: International Anita Brookner day is coming, never fear. For now, I give a teaser, not randomly chosen (although chances are excellent that it would be excellent, even if randomly chosen), but my very favorite lines of the book so far, from page 10:

Milling crowds, children crying, everyone intent on being somewhere else, and here was this mild-looking, slightly bony woman in a long cardigan, distant, inoffensive, quite nice eyes, rather large hands and feet, meek neck, not wanting to go anywhere, but having given my word that I would stay away for a month until everyone decides that I am myself again. For a moment I panicked, for I am myself now, and was then, although this fact was not recognized. Not drowning, but waving.

Not drowning, but waving. I ask you, is that not a poignant and fully evoked image and emotion all in four words? Oh my. I am loving Hotel du Lac.

11 Responses

  1. That’s a fascinating little excerpt. Sounds like people think she is crazy.

    Mine is here: http://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/teaser-tuesday-the-winds-of-khalakovo/

  2. We spend the bulk of the book wondering what she’s been sent away for, in fact. They might think she’s a little nuts in a very quiet, understated, British way… but things are not always what they appear.

  3. Wow, that is beautiful! I’m going to have to check that one out!! Here’s my TT:

    Michelle V

  4. Oh, it is! It is! You can visit Thomas’s blog (linked in the post above) for the full-fledged raving, but so far I can stand behind him 100%.

  5. Your teaser has me very intrigued and I am going to add this to my ever growing TBR list. My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2011/04/teaser-tuesdays-the-kitchen-daughter.html

  6. This sounds very gripping. You are right – so much in so few words!

    Glad to have stumbled upon your blog.

  7. Nice hotel….very comfortable…by fikrisu

  8. I am glad you enjoyed it! And to your readers, don’t forget I am having an Anita Brookner giveaway. You have until midnight on the 15th to sign-up.

  9. […] Brookner’s choice of words is extremely cutting, articulate, and rare. I point you towards a recent post in which I marvel at the line, “not drowning, but waving.” Indulge me with one or two […]

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