In self-imposed exile in an ancient Flemish city, an embittered 33-year-old language tutor, Edward Manners, falls in love with his alluring 17-year ...Show synopsisIn self-imposed exile in an ancient Flemish city, an embittered 33-year-old language tutor, Edward Manners, falls in love with his alluring 17-year-old pupil, Luc Altidore. As Edward pursues the elusive object of his infatuation--and plunges into affairs with two other men--this book interweaves past and present, history and memory, into a tapestry of unfulfillable desire.Hide synopsis
Description:Fine in Fine jacket. Hardcover with dust jacket. Stated First...Fine in Fine jacket. Hardcover with dust jacket. Stated First American Edition. 1st printing (complete number line). Appears unread. No markings. Ships in a box. Ships from NYC.
Description:Fine. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 432 pages. (Edward...Fine. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 432 pages. (Edward Manners, a disaffected 33-year-old who leaves England to earn his living as a language tutor in a Flemish city. Almost immediately he falls in love with one of his pupils)
Description:Very Good jacket. Signed. First Edition. Signed by author on...Very Good jacket. Signed. First Edition. Signed by author on title page. First edition stated. NOT ex-library. Appears unread. Binding tight. Dust jacket in very good condition. All items shipped within 2 business days and guaranteed. Proceeds benefit the Pima County Public Library, serving the greater Tucson area.
Description:Condition is actually NEAR FINE PLUS. First print. Not BCE or...Condition is actually NEAR FINE PLUS. First print. Not BCE or Ex Lib, not clipped or otherwise marked. From a strict non smoking environment.
Description:Near Fine in Fine jacket. Book Tiny remainder dot to bottom of...Near Fine in Fine jacket. Book Tiny remainder dot to bottom of page block. Dust jacket protected by removable Brodart cover.
Edition: First edition, 1st printing. American ed.
Publisher: Pantheon Books,
Description:Very good in very good dust jacket. SIGNED by author on title...Very good in very good dust jacket. SIGNED by author on title page (signature only). 1st edition, 1st printing, complete number line. Faint edgewear to dust jacket, whose spine is sunned. Softening to base of spine. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 422 p. Audience: General/trade. A few pages have just enough edgewear to show up in the pageblock. By the Booker Prize-winning author of 'The Line of Beauty' and 'The Stranger's Child'. Where possible, all books come with dust jacket in a protective mylar sleeve, sealed in a ziplock bag, wrapped in bubble wrap, shipped in a box.
Description:Very good in very good dust jacket. Hardback, 8vo, 422 pp, blue...Very good in very good dust jacket. Hardback, 8vo, 422 pp, blue cloth, gilt spine, pictorial dj; very good/very good; 1st edition signed by author on title page.
Description:First Ed Thus; First Printing indicated. Very Good++ in Wraps:...First Ed Thus; First Printing indicated. Very Good++ in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: just a hint of wear to the extremities; mild a crease along the front hinge; the pages have tanned slightly, due to aging; binding leans a bit, but remains perfectly secure; text clean. Remains close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 422pp. Trade Paperback. Short-Listed for the Booker Prize. Alan Hollinghurst is certainly a crafty wordsmith. This book is beautifully written. The story is basically that of an aging gay male becoming obsessed with his beautiful young student. Edward Manners becomes the tutor for a wealthy high school aged fellow, Luc. At first Edward sees a thin immature youth but as the story progresses, Edward becomes more obsessed with Luc and the descriptions of Luc change to match Edward's changing perception. This portion of the story is well told and certainly accurately portrays the process of obsession that seduces gradually, obliterating common sense and good judgement. Edward recognizes that he has lost his bearings when he finds himself continually thinking about Luc, spying on him when he is on holiday with his friends, imagining him having sex with other young men or women, remaining fixated as to whether Luc is gay or straight, and even leaving tutoring sessions to use the bathroom so that he can smell Luc's dirty laundry. Hollinghurst then begins to break the bubbles or desire that Edward has created. Luc becomes more realistic and less idealized. He becomes more human and more mundane. Eventually all the questions Edward has about Luc are answered, or at least many of the questions are answered. Edward begins the painful process of healing the wounds left by obsession as Luc drifts out of his life. I found the book to be one of the best descriptions of the natural history of obsession since Robert Plant's The Catholic. Obsession is revealed to be a wounding, out of mind experience, from which we only gradually recover. Hollingshurst caught it well in this exquisitely written book.
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