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ISBN: 033048320X / ISBN-13: 9780330483209

The Line of Beauty

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  • The Line of Beauty (Picador USA) – Hardcover (2004)
    by Alan Hollinghurst

    The Line of Beauty

    Hardcover, Picador USA
    2004
    English
    501 pages

    ISBN: 033048320X
    ISBN-13: 9780330483209

    In the summer of 1983, 20-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: Tory MP Gerald, his wealthy wife Rachel, and their two children, Toby whom Nick had idolized at Oxford and Catherine, always standing at a critical angle to the family and its assumptions and ambitions. As the Thatcher boom-years unfold, Nick, an innocent in the worlds of politics and money, finds his life altered by the rising fortunes of the glamorous family he is entangled with. Two vividly contrasting love ... Show more

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Reviews of The Line of Beauty

Overall customer rating: 5.000
apollo

Henry James with sex

by apollo on Oct 4, 2011

"Jamesian" is to me a term of disparagement--wordy and displaying how to write and to say very little in the process. But this book does say something--lessons in how to be a loser. (Wouldn't it be nice if a novel told you how to be a winner?) AIDS, of course, figures heavily in it--if you want drama in a gay novel, how can you do better than AIDS. Cocaine and three-ways: all the magic ingredients to give you a feling or anguish--but did you really want that anguish? Ingredients made-to-order drama, because like tragic operas, AIDS novels end with death, and make you feel so wonderful about it. Yes, exquisite writing. Read it and admire, then give it away, you won't want to read it again. Neither will the friend you gave it to.

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bud19

language as art

by bud19 on Sep 18, 2008

if you have never read alan hollinghurst, prepare yourself for a display of the english language as few can ever hope to accomplish. soaring prose...language as art. having read all four of his major works, i was not disappointed by "the line of beauty". the only let-down was moving on to my next book by a lesser author and feeling, well the only way i can compare it is to visualize when your high definition cable tv goes off in a storm and you are forced to revert to simple antenna reception. although all of hollinghurst's works involve gay themes and charachters, i can only suggest that the prospective reader get past this and dive in. get to know how achingly expressive the english language can be and why it is that we read fiction in the first place: to be moved and to have our breath taken away simply by turning the page.

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