The Line of Beauty is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Alan Hollinghurst. Contents. 1 Plot. “The Love Chord” (); “To Whom Do You. 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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This well-written society critique and winner of linr Man Booker prize will bore the pants off you unless you are deeply interested in class struggle, gayness, politics, ethnicity, and AIDs, the intersection of in England in the mid-to-late 80s. That Martin Amis is like some synthetic creamer, I started this last night, heading home after one of the most dreadful evenings in recent memory.

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Sometimes one has to admit that one’s preconceptions about a book are entirely wrong. I have no idea why oine book won the Man Booker prize. I didn’t see that. Anyway, riding back home half-drunk from a novelistically bad party, I opened The Line of Beautyand started to read.

This part breathes newness and freshness, there is an expectation of love and an air of innocence though the way Nick loses his virginity is far from romanticism. Nick is amiable, but for me his character is summed up by an incident near the end of the book.

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Beneath a veneer of social conservatism, drugs and other yollinghurst activities flourish. While at Oxford he shared a house with Andrew Motion, and was awarded the Newdigate Prize for poetry inthe year before Motion. The Line of Beauty: But they’re like, well, what choice do we have?


Thanks a lot, Man Booker Prize committee! Its first section, “The Love-Chord”, is dated There are so many books and so little time, right? I alternately dragged out the reading experience to relish the language, and sped through sections because I felt greedy and impatient and wanted to see what linguistic marvels Alan Hollinghurst could produce next. What has happened in the three-year gap in the narrative? The parents are wealthy conservatives who want to be perfectly clear that they have no objection to Nick’s orientation, particularly if it remains entirely theoretical.

Buy the selected items together This item: View all 12 comments. It may be because I have been reading this book sporadically over the past year or more, but at the end of t Finally finished God these people are all so unlikeable and vicious. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

The author needed a better editor, one who loves the delete hollinvhurst. The dragging middle was book-ended by some wonderfully flagrant and emotional moments. When he asks her and she has a significant inheritance hollinghutst she gave, she claims she had no money on her. His ability to portray his characters, beauy one critic puts it, “from just an inch to the left” of how they would see themselves is masterly, and the result is something like the portraits of Goya, a flattering likeness with just a hint of satire.

The Line of Beauty: A Novel: Alan Hollinghurst: Bloomsbury USA

Order by newest beahty recommendations. Like Waugh, he was telling a story of an outsider becoming “glamourised by a family that they become a part of” — the “parasite” who becomes indispensable to the host. Gerald was brought down by a financial scandal, then by a petty affair with his secretary.

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I keep drinking this shit because I have to. I do think though that The Line of Beauty might’ve helped heal me from the ancient thwarting trauma of trying to read The Awkward Age in college, so maybe I’ll give the old guy another chance If you value style, wit, and social satire in your reading, don’t miss zlan elegant and passionate novel.

It might take the edge off, but not nicely, and with some of this stuff I think I might be better off drinking the coffee black. At the beginning of the next he is walking home, “[f]rowning again, at having done something so vulgar and unsafe”.

He has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. It touches on public and private selves, love, beauty, all rather grandiose themes, in a startlingly humorous and down-to-earth manner.

Despite having read most of the Booker winners I had been oddly reluctant to tackle this one, partly because I had heard about its graphic descriptions of gay sex and that is just not a subject that interests me. Ironically, despite all its graphic sex, a Puritanical piety seems to animate the novel.

I just didn’t feel a connection right now.