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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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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 |
3½/5 ( )
  Bagpuss | Jan 17, 2016 |
Nuori opiskelija Nick majoituu polittisesti vaikutusvaltaisesta perheestä tulevan opiskelutoverinsa luo ja pääsee sitä kautta mukaan varakkaiden ja valtaapitävien joukkoon. Kauneutta ja seksuaalisuuttaan etsivä Nick tulee huomaamaan, että eliitin elämässä ihmissuhteet osoittautuvat loppujen lopuksi varsin pinnallisiksi. Kiinnostava syväluotaus englantilaisen yläluokan (poliittiseen) elämään 1980-luvulla siinä osittain sisällä olevan, mutta kuitenkin ulkopuolisen rooliin jäävän nuoren aikuisen kehitystarinan näkökulmasta.
  Ainop | Dec 15, 2015 |
This book really evokes the 80s - the politics, the money, the threat of AIDS. It's nothing like the world I live in, but I felt like I knew it inside out after reading this. The writing is incredibly good, the characters well drawn, the set pieces described so precisely that you can reach out and touch them. Reading it again in 2015 with the Conservatives back in power felt very timely. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Oct 10, 2015 |
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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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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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