Claire Messud （review date 31 January 1999）
SOURCE: “The Stifled Life,” in New York Times Book Review, January 31, 1999, p. 7.
[In the following review, Messud presents a positive assessment of Falling Slowly.]
The title of Anita Brookner's latest lament for the unlived life is drawn from the final words of a shipping forecast heard on the radio; but it also refers to the premature decline of the two middle-aged women at the center of the novel, Beatrice and Miriam Sharpe. “This was not maturity so much as anticlimax,” observes...
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