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When Anna Durrant is reported missing, her friends seem unconcerned at her disappearance. After all, her life has been one of concealment.

For years Anna submitted to the protective dependence of her mother, and even after Amy Durrant’s death she simply conformed to the expectations of others.

Increasingly, Anna feels herself trapped by these expectations. Only by drawing on extraordinary strength and determination can Anna break away and enjoy her freedom, finally taking charge of her own destiny.

©1992 Anita Brookner (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Jamesian, Whartonesque, Eliotlike 📚📖

It took me awhile to get into this book. At first I kept thinking, "There's just not enough THERE there," because of the veeeery slowly revealed plot, the way there is scarcely any of what we're used to calling "action," and the way the characters lead such uneventful, lonely, empty, chilly, disappointed lives. But then at a certain point I realized that I was hooked. The characters' loneliness, their tiny (and larger) disappointments, the multiple small ways they hide the truth from themselves and each other, and their lack of true connection with one another--the fraud of all their lives--IS the point, and I'm sure there are parts of this book I won't ever forget. I now want to read everything else Anita Brookner has written. She writes beautiful sentences, and is very, very similar in plot, style and substance to Henry James (think Beast in the Jungle), Edith Wharton (think Age of Innocence), and even George Eliot (the doctor in Fraud bearing more than a passing similarity to the Doctor in Middlemarch). If you've read and loved those authors/those works, you're in for a real treat here. (By contrast, if you've read The Beast in the Jungle and thought exasperatedly, "There's just no THERE there," then do yourself a favor and skip this one.)

The great Anna Massey is positively flawless as narrator.

Grade: A. Bechdel test: Pass.

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Top Shelf Brookner

It's hard to describe the appeal of Anita Brookner's novels. They're all similar in tone. They have similar themes, characters, and pacing. They tend to be heavy on exposition and the fine dissection of tiny moments. They focus on people with lonely and often uneventful, disappointed lives. And yet, I find them riveting. I especially enjoy listening to them. Brookner's sentences are perfectly balanced, gently ironic, and wryly amusing. Every moment sheds light and insight into some corner of the human psyche. They're small novels about tiny worlds that have a big impact,

This one is outstanding. A cast of icy, unhappy people whose minor errors and small disappointments are somehow important.

Anna Massey could read a microbiology textbook and make it entertaining. I love her terse, clipped voice, which is somehow perfect for these characters. It's a brilliant performance.

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Entertaining and crafty/sly techniques, excellent

The characters are 3dimensional. Depicts English culture, also theme about getting old, care taking, and different relationships between people Begins w mystery & despite domestic settings the story remains suspenseful.

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Great prose style

Fraud is the first novel by Brookner that I have listen to, and I am so looking forward to many more. She is one of the greatest prose stylists. Every sentence is a delight – wonderfully nuanced, perfect rhythm, perfect pitch, perfect diction and phrasing. And each paragraph carries a world of insight into the lives of her characters – their vanities, their loneliness, their meanness, their generosity.

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Where is She Now?

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A wonder of poetic prose and gentle thought. Anita Brookner takes aim at frauds and those who pretend. One should always be themselves for everyone else is already taken! Anna lives alone, used to take care of her mother, and she is also used to being meek and subjective. She is pure, in a literal sense and she feels restless. Aunt Vera, who is not really Anna's aunt is patient with her, but finds her odd, for she is not married and she is so tiresome. Mr. Halliday is the doctor who filters through the pages, sometimes reminiscing and at others, he is checking-up on some patient, one or the other. The reader gets the background through short passages put sparingly, but that is not to say that one does not understand them. They are moments when the I felt happy and joyous at the simple life and daily routine with which these characters live. Albeit the story is slow, it is interesting to try to figure out the eventual ending, which is very rueful and gives a feeling of waywardness. Very abrupt, but if the story were to continue, well, it might have been just too boring and not that excitable mocking tone that kept you reading. Superbly and avidly written with a cautious mind, a hand with a firm grasp on the pen.

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  • pauline wallin
  • 05-30-16

Hope springs eternal

What did you like most about Fraud?

What a long time to reach a conclusion but once arrived at the end was hopeful. One of Brookner's themes is, women must, if to be happy, find out who they really are. This is very evident in Fraud.
Men in this story are fraudulent towards women, wanting them for entertainment, for succour and, of course, for sex and money.
Some women like Anna, the protagonist, is not prepared to accept these demands and her life seems pointless, empty and sad.
However, she eventually finds her own way, though the journey is difficult and cheerless to hear.
In the hands of a lesser writer, this would be a cheerless tale. But Brookner spins a delicate and heart tugging narrative that entrapped this listener almost completely.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The doctor was appealing: fictional doctors often are. He was a cut above the usual healer of romantic fiction for doing the wrong things, where emotional entanglements were concerned because he did not have sufficient strength of character to see his decisions for what they were until it was too late.
Anna was elusive, puzzling but ultimately strong and clear in my imagination. A fine heroine indeed.

What about Anna Massey’s performance did you like?

Everything. Ever single word she speaks, sparkles. She inhabits the narrative and gives voice to each character in a way which is quite unique.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Almost. I heard it over three sittings rather than one because, at a length of seven hours, one sitting would be impractical. Also it was nice to save the hours spent listening as an evening treat.

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  • Fiona Heylan
  • 04-24-16

Quintessential Brookner

What did you like most about Fraud?

Once again, another beautiful study in the nuances and peculiarities of character, place and relationships.

What did you like best about this story?

The subtle interplay of characters, and Emma's studied and silent traversing through the world.

What about Anna Massey’s performance did you like?

She brought great expression and interpretation to the story. Very easy to listen to.

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