A Closed Eye

A Closed Eye Review

In A Closed Eye, Anita Brookner explores, with compassionate insight and stylistic brilliance, the self-inflicted paradoxes in the life of Harriet Lytton, a woman whose powers of submissiveness and self-denial are suddenly tested by the dizzying prospect of sexual awakening.

In Harriers gallant struggle with the single great temptation that comes her way, Brookner creates a hauntingly flawed heroine and a study in the evasions and disappointments that make up all our lives.

Title:A Closed Eye
Edition Language:English

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  • Jaidee

    4.5 "melancholy, yearnful,interior" stars !! 2018 Honorable Mention Read. As a young man in my twenties I discovered the wonders of Anita Brookner and read, no rather, languished in a number of her n...

  • Dan

    Published in 1991, A Closed Eye is the eleventh of Anita Brookner’s twenty-four novels. Brookner’s characters are usually deeply solitary although not necessarily alone and not self-consciously lo...

  • Kirsty

    I found A Closed Eye far more engaging than I have done the majority of Brookner's novels to date. Very few of the characters are likeable, but they all have believable backstories, and are composed o...

  • Cecily

    This novel is an exquisite hymn to loneliness. Every character in it, however inconsequential, is lonely in their own way. It is also quite analytical, describing in some detail, the main characters' ...

  • Ali

    suppose I came quite late to the Anita Brookner party - but now that I have I am enjoying her work immensely - and I have three more TBR. As with the other Brookner novels I have read, there is a tou...

  • Dale

    Always a pleasure to read Brookner’s sharp, intelligent and incisive prose. ...

  • Judith

    I don't know why I like Anita Brookner - I think her books cannot be good for me as I read them, as I did this one, in a single setting, hoping for some light and understanding, and ending with depres...

  • Dianeparente62gmail.com

    A very difficult book to assess. The author is skilled in examining through her heroine Harriet the thoughts of a struggling woman who in many ways is the victim of choices made by others. The one ray...

  • Erin

    A Closed Eye, like much of Anita Brookner's work, is like a sad, still life painting that is best appreciated if you are, well, a sad painter in a still life. Which apparently I am, as I completely id...

  • Genya

    This book reminded me that the star system on goodreads doesn't give me enough options for rating a book - I really need .25, .5, and some .75 stars.A closed eye was extremely well written. However, n...