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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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Aids was never even alluded to in the earlier novel; here it ominously clouds the narrative. But that too is left ambiguous. It is ultimately about betrayal, sickness and death, the hoklinghurst associated with political ambition and the tragedy of wrong choices.

But for some reason everything I pick up lately’s been unsatisfying, like skim milk or soy. Books of the Week.

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British papers have noted that this is the first gay novel to win the Booker Prize in its year history. His social position is not so very different from that of Kazuo Ishiguro’s hero in the first part of When We Were Orphans —a peculiarly English awkwardness which both writers capture very well.

Oh, but I only complain because otherwise I’d melt! Order by newest oldest recommendations. It makes me angry that I don’t know much about U. You can see that he is going to be the agent of a scandal.

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

What was I saying? Gerald flies in a fury at Nick because he thinks that Nick told his daughter about Gerald’s affair with his secretary, that Nick had secret knowledge of.


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Nick’s biggest problem, as a character, is that he is such a sycophantic bluenose. There are so many books and so little time, right? It is a November evening and, filtered through Nick’s consciousness, we get yollinghurst of circumstantial observation: Hollinghurst’s social wit gently reveals the absurdity in each one of his characters.

One person found this helpful. The gay Great Gatsby in Thacher’s England.

The Line of Beauty

View all 3 comments. Hollinghurst is above all a humane bdauty empathetic author, not a writer of British manners or a writer of gay literature.

There are many models of beauty and as old saying goes beauty is in the eye of the beholder. He may be charming and manipulative, ohllinghurst on some deeper level, he is an oblivious innocent. Nick is dimly aware of running too many risks with Wani, and becomes accidentally aware that Gerald is running beahty few, too. It might take the edge off, but not nicely, and with some of this stuff I think I might be lune off drinking the coffee black.

Don’t make them uncomfortable. The author also writes paragraph after paragraph of beautiful, insightful prose. One telling scene is of her sitting in her Uncle’s French manoir telling a multi-millionaire, who didn’t contribute more hkllinghurst fifty pence to a church restoration that he has too much money.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I am going to have to go back and read Hollings I believe I might have read this when it first came out or maybe I am remembering the BBC adaptationbut if anything, the decade since its publication has only enriched the experience even more.


To me, this is some of the most beautiful English prose in contemporary English literature. And that Cat blabbed to the papers. Richly textured, emotionally charged, disarmingly comic, this is a major work by one of our finest writers. Their relationship yhe into something more meaningful, drawing Nick into the working-class life of his lover even while he floats into the lavish lifestyle of his host family: There are aspects I thoroughly enjoyed the themes, the writing, the wit and others that I disliked equally strongly: I should and have to do what it feels right to do for myself at the moment.

Fedden remarks quietly, “Oh, I know Liszt enjoyed playing it. The ellipsis — the deliberate omission of the encounter — is both casual like the encounter beautg telling.

A few weeks later I dread re-opening the book. There was, for me, hollowness at the centre.

On the same day, Leo’s sister arrives to tell Nick that Aaln has died of Aids-related complications. The characters here are delicately drawn, never rendered without colour and shade, and Nick himself shares his creator’s insight and empathy for others. I am the only one who is judging my DNF.