With Falling Slowly, Anita Brookner, the highly praised winner of the 1984 Booker Prize for her novel Hotel du Lac, has written another perfectly crafted, precise novel, revealing the dramas and desires that seethe inside seemingly quiet, proper lives. Now his friend, Edith Wharton – I do observe a similarity to Brookner there. Like many readers, I first came to the works of Anita (as I always refer to her…