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, a situation that causes him to reevaluate his perspectives. Read by Stephen Thorne.
Booker-prize winner Anita Brookner (HOTEL DU LAC) mines familiar territory in her 24th novel--old age, loneliness, the subtle bittersweet tragedies of life--but with sublime and heartbreaking effect. As Paul Sturgis nears the age of 80, he ponders on his lack of love, family, and meaningful human connection. Despite a successful career, he has always been too polite, too reserved, and too timid to have engaged fully with his own humanity--he's a man who savors the friendly wave, the trivial niceties of a shop clerk. As he approaches his end, three women represent his last chance for something resembling love: a dead cousin's wife who matches him in isolated pride; a younger woman whose antics gall and thrill him; and an old flame, whose own life has slid into morose desperation. Those familiar with Brookner's work know better than to expect STRANGERS to provide any easy catharsis or manufactured resolution, but despite the novel's apparent calm, its nuanced, poetic, and deeply sympathetic attention to human emotion sets off an indelible series of seismic disturbances of the heart.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Literary, Love + Relationships + Sex, Conflicts + Dualities, Types of Characters, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Human Qualities + Behavior
- March 15, 2011
- March 15, 2011
- Anita Brookner
- Stephen Thorne (Narrator)