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Vieraan lapsi (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Alan Hollinghurst, Markku Päkkilä (KÄÄnt.)

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Title:Vieraan lapsi
Authors:Alan Hollinghurst
Other authors:Markku Päkkilä (KÄÄnt.)
Info:Helsingissä : Otava, 2012
Collections:Your library
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Tags:2013 luettu, kaunokirjallisuus, englanti, homoseksuaalisuus, kirjailijat, runoilijat, elämäkerturit

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The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst (2011)

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    Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt (kylenapoli)
    kylenapoli: Gives the reader a similar backstage view of 'what really happened' and how it is misremembered, misrepresented, and otherwise lost to time.
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I liked this a lot -- my favorite of this year's Booker longlist. It's a very Booker-y book, full of country houses and garden parties and posh people drinking tea. Beautifully written, of course, and leaves the reader with something to think about it. If you're completely over Upstairs, Downstairs then I could see why you wouldn't like it (especially as the downstairs is almost entirely unrepresented). On the other hand if you were a fan of Downton Abbey then I think you will like this (although it isn't nearly as soapy). ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
2.70
  johnrid11 | Feb 14, 2016 |
Took me a long time to get into, and the plot didn't quite do justice to the jumps in time, but really enjoyed from the second part on. A bit Possession... ( )
  ellohull | Feb 10, 2016 |
An amusing novel of manners and how gay people love to find each other out. Despite spanning a multi-generational timeframe, some of the characters seem to resemble each other and deal with similar types of iissues. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
This book has to compete with something like Pat Barker's Regeneration triology. Not in the ball park. But this does play with the effects over several generations of a series of events before ww1. Also takes up the issue of homosexuality, which is a consistent part of the story around the ww1 poets. This was somewhat interesting. But not overwhelming. Audiobook. Enjoyable listening to the accents. ( )
  idiotgirl | Dec 25, 2015 |
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För en litteraturvetare är romanen förstås rena tivolit, med sina beskrivningar av research, intervjuer med mer eller mindre frispråkiga släktingar, pusslandet med ledtrådar och akademisk tuppfäktning.
 
In The Stranger’s Child he weaves a number of stories around the idea of Brooke and his posthumous fortunes, detailing the lives caught up in the reputational arc of a Brooke-like poet called Cecil Valance between 1913 and 2008. Both world wars, fought offstage, have effects that ramify throughout the novel, as do changing attitudes to gay people and to biographical disclosure. Hollinghurst writes with amused tenderness about Rupert Trunk-type phenomena, investing them with dignity and pathos, but he also puts both hands on opportunities for irony, arch humour and, intermittently, an un-Jamesian directness.
 
In many ways, The Stranger's Child has the same qualities as his previous novels. It is elegant, seductive and extremely enjoyable to read, and peppered with astute, apparently casual noticings. (Of a man stumbling around in a shed at a party: "He was drunk, it was one of the hilarious uncorrectable disasters of being drunk." Of a grand literary wife: "A hard, good-looking face, thoroughly made up, and a manner he knew at once, from its tight smiles and frowns, of getting people to do things.") It treads much of the same ground as its predecessors: class and money, buried histories of gay life in this country, the dreary provinces and the exciting metropolis, with forays into architecture and Victoriana. As ever, Hollinghurst's set-piece parties are stunning.
added by peterbrown | editThe Guardian, Theo Tait (Jun 18, 2011)
 
Hollinghurst’s fine new book, “The Stranger’s Child” — the closest thing he has written to an old-fashioned chronicle novel — contains a whole hidden literary curriculum, out of which he has fashioned something fresh and vital. Underpinned with a range of styles that run from Iris Murdoch to William Trevor and back to Forster, the novel is divided into five parts that play out over five different decades.
 

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From the Man Booker Prize–winning author of The Line of Beauty: a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations.

In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate—a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance—to his family’s modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to. But what Cecil writes in Daphne’s autograph album will change their and their families’ lives forever: a poem that, after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried—until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them.

Rich with Hollinghurst’s signature gifts—haunting sensuality, delicious wit and exquisite lyricism—The Stranger’s Child is a tour de force: a masterly novel about the lingering power of desire, how the heart creates its own history, and how legends are made.

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In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate--a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance--to his family's modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to. But what Cecil writes in Daphne's autograph album will change their and their families' lives forever: a poem that, after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried--until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them.… (more)

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