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The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
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The Line of Beauty (2004)

by Alan Hollinghurst

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This was for the most part beautifully written, although it did go on for a long time and there was a large cast of characters, many of whom had a tendency to reappear once I had forgotten them. It was hard not to sympathize with Nick, despite his parasitical lifestyle - with Gerald, I wanted to ask what exactly he brought to the Fedden house.

Ultimately very sad, there was a lot of dry (sly?) humour along the way. I'm glad I read it, but I think that's it for me for Hollinghurst novels. ( )
  pgchuis | Dec 8, 2017 |
Nick was guest lodger in home of British MP and his wife. Nick had two male lovers. ( )
  jack2410 | Feb 2, 2017 |
Edelkitsch. My God, is this Nick a wanker! The author can write, though, when finally he has the guts to dig a bit deeper, for instance when Nick visits his parents. But these moments are rare in this shallow novel. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
Gay City Staff Pick: Tragic, beautiful, political, a perfect reflection on 80's era gay identity and experience. ( )
  GayCityLGBTLibrary | Jul 16, 2016 |
Beautifully written and describing an interesting and probably under-represented part of history and society, but ultimately a bit vacuous - like the main character. ( )
  evaberry | May 3, 2016 |
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But the plot isn’t the point. This novel’s pleasures are thick and deep, growing out of the brilliant observational powers of the main character.
 

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'What do you know about this business?' the King said to Alice. 'Nothing', said Alice. 'Nothing whatever?', persisted the King. 'Nothing whatever', said Alice. 'That's very important', the King said, turning to the jury. They were just beginning to write down on their slates, when the White Rabbit interrupted: 'Unimportant, your Majesty means, of course', he said in a very respectful tone, but frowning and making faces at him as he spoke. 'Unimportant, of course, I meant', the King hastily said, and went on to himself in an undertone, 'important - unimportant - unimporant - important -' as if he were trying which word sounded best. - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, chapter 12
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0330483218, Paperback)

Interview with Alan Hollinghurst
Alan Hollinghurst's extraordinarily rich novel The Line of Beauty. has garnered a new level of acclaim for the author after winning the 2004 Man Booker Prize. Hollinghurst speaks about his work in our interview.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:04:28 -0400)

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It is the summer of 1983, and 20-year-old Nick Guest has moved into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: conservative Member of Parliament Gerald, his wealthy wife Rachel, and their two children, Toby-- whom Nick had idolized at Oxford-- and Catherine, highly critical of her family's assumptions and ambitions. Framed by the two general elections that returned Margaret Thatcher to power, The Line of Beauty unfurls through four extraordinary years of change and tragedy.… (more)

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