Honestly, I want to shake most Brookner protagonists vigorously and yell, "Wake the hell up! What is wrong with you? You can do better than this! Think less, do more!"
I'm not sure why I keep reading her books when I find her characters so infuriating. And yet, they are page-turners. I read this book in two sittings. I wouldn't say it was a favorite though; her characterization of a man seemed a bit off. But I imagine I'll keep reading her books. She writes intricate, satisfying prose that always sends me to the dictionary multiple times.