Winner of the Man Booker Prize and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the NBCC award. From Alan Hollinghurst, the acclaimed author of The. Alfred Hickling on sex and snorting in Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty. Everyone who has read The Line of Beauty will recall the party at which the young protagonist, Nick Guest, dances with Mrs Thatcher. Before.

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Review: The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst | Books | The Guardian

Sometimes one has to admit that one’s preconceptions about a book are entirely wrong. As the boom years of the eighties unfold, Nick, an innoc In the summer oftwenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: I’m mixed on this one.

Sometimes, they do get it right as they did with Coetzee. Share your thoughts with other customers. He recalls his final sighting of Leo, “three or four months ago” in a gay pub, when Nick noticed a gaunt, skinny man with a greying beard and a hat who turned out to be his clearly ill former lover.

I like the kind of books I can only assume Hollinghurst also likes in large part because hollinghurzt don’t ruin themselves with plots. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

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Others will fret over the shocking sex scenes. I do remember the 80s; I was living in the north of England, mostly in working class and mining areas; the Tories and Thatcher were the enemy.


Aids was never even alluded to in alsn earlier novel; here it ominously clouds the narrative. Every circumstantial detail, the peculiar beauty of a London street, is given a strange intensity by the premonition.

A piano tuner is a cardiganed sadist. Nick is amiable, but for me his character is summed up by an incident near the end of the book. Set up a giveaway.

I know it’s bleak, but then I think it’s probably a very bleak book, even though it’s essentially a comedy. Start reading The Line of Beauty: Feb 28, David rated it it was amazing.

He wanted to live in the mansions. Despite these negative aspects, the book provided an insightful view on the politics of the Thatcher-years, and more importantly for me personally it brought back the ‘beginning’ of AIDS in the early and Beuty find it ot to rate and review this book. His fantasy of people like the Feddens blinds him to their often dubious actions.


There’s convenience, and a bit of regard, but no real tie. Wani goes through a lot of cocaine, a lot of rent boys, a lot of sex with Nick. Nick discovers that Gerald is having an affair with his assistant, Penny, which disturbs Nick’s idealization of the Feddens. In the summer oftwenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: I enjoyed this enormously.


The book won the Booker Prize. At first he makes half-hearted progress on a thesis about Henry James, but later he floats into the orbit, and bedroom, of Wani Ouradi, a glamorous Lebanese heir to a supermarket fortune, with whom he formulates vague plans to found a production company. The Line of Beauty: But that too is left ambiguous.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. There were a couple things in here like that, overuse of certain words, and while on some I’ll give him a who-knows-how-rich-people-talk-over-there-not-me pass on some such as “longing”the language was so gorgeous and memorable and almost perfect to me, that the exceptions glared out. Lists with This Book. Wani’s downward spiral, and Leo’s death, are absorbing and heartbreaking enough.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. As a member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, Mr. The novel is set in Britain in three parts, taking place inand And there’s something about the sex scenes in this book that I imagine are more fun to read if you’re a nosy outsider.

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