Strangers : a novel / Anita Brookner.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Resigned to bachelorhood in his London flat, retiree Paul Sturgis unexpectedly finds himself in two relationships, including one with a separated woman he met on a holiday trip to Venice and another with an ex-girlfriend.
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      9781400068340 : HRD
      1400068347 : HRD
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      BROOKNER, A. Strangers : a novel. [s.l.] : Random House, 2009. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 17 out. 2019.
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      Brookner A. Strangers : A Novel. Random House; 2009. Accessed October 17, 2019.
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      Brookner, A. (2009). Strangers : a novel. Random House. Retrieved from
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      Brookner, Anita. 2009. Strangers : A Novel. Random House.
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      Brookner, A. (2009) Strangers : a novel. Random House. Available at: (Accessed: 17 October 2019).
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      Brookner, A 2009, Strangers : a novel, Random House, viewed 17 October 2019, .
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      Brookner, Anita. Strangers : A Novel. Random House, 2009. EBSCOhost,
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      Brookner, Anita. Strangers : A Novel. Random House, 2009.
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Booklist Reviews 2009 April #2

It's no surprise that Londoner Paul Sturgis—retired, solitary, contemplative—reads Henry James. Brookner, after all, is a James disciple, crafting meticulous novels that map the spiraling neural pathways carved by the obsessive thoughts of her disappointed, restrained, brooding characters. In her newest muted tale of inner struggle, her hero's greatest failing is his unfailing niceness. He is just too bloody polite, a trait women find boring, suspect, even repellent. His discretion and discipline stood him well in his banking career, but he is now bereft of friends, lovers, and family, except for one chilly widowed cousin. Paul fills his days with long walks and endless ruminations. Then he meets Vicky Gardner, a woman of robust self-regard. At once aggressive and evasive, she challenges Paul's every habit and assumption. Once again, clockwork Brookner, devilishly subtle and oh-so-knowing, portrays a rigorous loner ruled by "habitual melancholia." Yet courtly Paul may yet be open to revelation and change. As Brookner delicately parses the harsh diminishments of age, and the terrible fear that one will end one's life at the mercy of strangers, she expresses exquisite psychological understanding and philosophical grace, dry-sherry humor, and the coy hope that forbearance can in the long run deliver liberation. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2009 February #1

Fleeing to Venice to avoid the holidays with his only living relative, retired loner Paul Sturgis finds his head spinning when he meets Mrs. Vicky Gardner, then returns home, where a former girlfriend is lying in wait. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

LJ Reviews 2009 June #1

Paul Sturgis is another solitary Brookner protagonist who bears his loneliness with a patient stoicism while also puzzling over how his life has come to such a desultory pass. A retired banker, Paul fills his quiet days rereading Henry James, walking through his London neighborhood, and paying semi-regular visits to his only relative, the widow of a cousin. His past associations with women, who considered him "too nice," were short-lived and unsuccessful. So it comes as a welcome surprise when two women enter his uneventful life. First, Vicki Gardner sits beside him on a Christmas trip to Venice, where both are planning to escape the lonely holiday; thus they launch a quasi-friendship. Upon his return home, Paul runs into Sarah, a former girlfriend, who is lately widowed and suffering from poor health. VERDICT What tension this novel possesses revolves around whether Paul will take up with either Vicki or Sarah, both unsuitable for him. Strictly for those readers who still appreciate the simple gentility of Brookner's novels. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/09.]—Barbara Love, Kingston Frontenac P.L., Kingston, Ont.

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PW Reviews 2009 April #2

Brookner's 24th book is an often monotonous meditation on an elderly man's solitary existence. Much of the first several chapters are dedicated to 72-year-old Paul Sturgis's stuffy reflections on his attitudes toward life and loneliness. The narrative shows some promise when Sturgis meets recently divorced Vicky Gardner on a trip to Venice, but their ensuing relationship—in Venice and later, when they both return to London—is mired in a painfully polite restraint. As if in a parody of English manners, Vicky and Sturgis labor over countless afternoon teas without forming anything resembling human contact. Vicky often approaches moments of vulnerable honesty, only to act appalled if he shows any interest in these rare glimpses of humanity. Sturgis's interactions with his ex-lover Sarah, meanwhile, are slightly more candid, but these merely highlight Sturgis's painfully apparent dull formality. (They also give him more material to pontificate over.) While the novel happens in the current day, the occasional mobile phone feels as out of place as it would in, say, one of the Henry James novels that could be the inspiration for this tedious exercise in drawing-room politesse. (June)

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