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The line of beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

The line of beauty (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Alan Hollinghurst

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Title:The line of beauty
Authors:Alan Hollinghurst
Info:London: Picador, 2005, c2004. 501 p. ; 20 cm.
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The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (2004)

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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 |
After finishing Oxford in 1983, Nick Guest lodges with the family of his unrequited love interest, the son of an up and coming MP.

Lots of sex and drugs and eventually AIDS among the young generation of Thatcher's Tory elite. The beginning brought back memories of that time as parts of it are set near where I used to live in London and the ending is unexpectedly moving after a middle which drags a bit apart from a few giggles. ( )
  Robertgreaves | May 2, 2016 |
Four books ago I was commenting on the presence of a gay leading character - how rare it was. Well, four books later and the ante has been upped! While Jem Poster's character was ambivalently gay, Alan Hollinghurst dives right in - with a fairly explicit gay sex scene in the first 50 pages.
Sadly, I didn't get much past that part of the book. After 70 pages I was dispirited by the awkward characters and the awkward scenes - snobbery and social classism. Interestingly, the gay aspects were not the negative - the gay lead character was the most likeable character in the book. I just don't enjoy being uncomfortable reading about uncomfortable scenes. So, put aside for later on.
Partially read March 2016 ( )
  mbmackay | Mar 18, 2016 |
I could not find the plot or even much of a story. Not a classic for me. ( )
  deldevries | Jan 31, 2016 |
Though I prefer _Swimming Pool Library_, this book does succeed in capturing a feel for the mood of Thatcher's UK (though I did not personally experience it). For some reason the main characters don't come alive for me - not because they are stereotypical, but because they're not particularly likeable. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 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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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.

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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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