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In her latest novel, "The Bay of Angels", Anita Brookner explores again the mother-daughter relationship, this time set against the background of the French Riviera.
    Zoe Cunningham's isolated intimate relationship with her mother, Anne, is interrupted by Anne's second marriage to Simon, a much older man, and Anne's move to Nice where Simon owns a garish mansion. Zoe continues her life by attending university and taking up with a boyfriend, Adam, who teases her by frequent infidelities. Zoe visits Anne with Adam and is surprised and disgusted by Simon's arousal outside her bedroom when she is making love to Adam.
    Soon afterwards, Simon dies and her mother, driven to hopelessness by her sudden widowhood, is consigned to a nursing home.
   Zoe, at first in disbelief in her mother's withdrawal, makes plans to bring Anne back to London where they had lived, but eventually comes to realize that her mother will never live outside the nursing home.
    Brookner alternates her themes of despair and loss with an emergence of love and renewal. Unusual for her, Brookner rescues Zoe from a duplication of her mother's live of sacrifice to one of vitality and joy.
This report prepared by Betty-Jeanne Korson








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Inside culture (main char)    -   French Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Mother because he/she is    -   clinically depressed Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   mother Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   French Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   Ocean

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of hetero sex Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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