Friday, 23 December 2016


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  1. I'd also like to suggest "hieratic" for the Brookner vocabulary, a word which I've encountered only in AB's books! I'm delighted to find this blog, as I meet so few Brookner enthusiasts face to face. I'm using the current lockdown to re-read all her books, in chronological order - it's very interesting to see how she develops over the years.

    1. I agree! I can remember coming across that word. I think it means priestly, with a suggestion of hierarchies. I think James uses it too. I'm rereading The Golden Bowl during lockdown. Not sure if it's a good choice - it's a constant dance of distance and closeness. As for meeting other Brookner readers, it occurs to me I've also never met one. But they are out there.


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