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Anita Brookner's 20th novel is another superb, touching and honest meditation on marriage, ... more

feminism and filial duty. The Bay of Angels is a
finely crafted, affecting story of an intelligent,
independent woman, Zoe Cunningham, working through
her responsibilities to herself, her mother and
her sex. Brookner's opening chapter is a
masterclass, moving her heroine from childhood
through to her late teens in broad but heightened
detail; it showcases all her skills in presenting
a character, in the first person, and that
character's motivations, self-analysis and hopes.
The reader is immediately brought in to Zoe's
confidence and feels a close empathy with, and
minute understanding of, her world.Zoe is a
singular, although not a lonely child, bookish,
observant, temperate but also a lover of fairy
tales and the escapes they seem to offer. Her
mother echoes these characteristics but, in her,
they evidence something a little more diminished.
Remarkably, forced out by well-meaning relatives
to a social event she would much rather avoid, her
mother meets and marries the kind, ebullient
Simon. Simon seems to Zoe like a Santa Claus
figure, a figure that seems to confirm her trust
in fairy tales, who has rescued her mother from
long afternoons, and longer evenings, of waiting.
She wonders if perhaps now someone will rescue
her.Gentle tragedies, and a dissection of
loneliness and the flawed routes out of it offered
to women, follow. We become captivated by Zoe's
world and by Brookner's rendering of her inner
life. Brookner has been at the height of her
powers for so long that words like genius and
masterpiece flow easily. The astonishing thing is
that these words must be invoked to do this level
of writing any justice at all. --Mark Thwaite

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Moving between Nice and London, "The Bay of Angels", Anita Brookner's 20th novel, makes the point that not everyone needs conventional relationships to be happy. It relates the story of Zoe, whose life changes when her widowed mother marries a wealthy older man and moves to Nice.

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Type Fiction
Genre Modern Fiction
Title The Bay of Angels
Author Anita Brookner
Original Release Year 2001
ISBN 0140299254; 0141004274; 0375505822; 0375727604; 0670896624

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