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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Nick basically is a respectable looking, safe, but hidden sexual companion, no more acknowledged than the anonymous rent boys. 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.

So lately my life does seem like a pot of thick, scalding acrid coffee; I read books in the hope that they’ll help me choke it down.

The Line of Beauty

Beneath a veneer of social conservatism, drugs and other illicit activities flourish. In fact, after I’d caught myself recommending it to alna for the second or even third time, my doctor no longer asks me what I’m reading: And there’s something about the sex scenes in this book that I imagine are more fun to read lihe you’re a nosy outsider.

This episode is characteristic of the novel’s narrative method, which is to set us puzzles with its omissions. These characters end the book no better, in most cases much worse, and with no more insight, than when they entered.

The Stranger’s Child Vintage International. From Alan Hollinghurst, the acclaimed author of The Sparsholt Affair, The Line of Beauty is a sweeping novel about class, sex, and money during four extraordinary years of change and tragedy. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run zlan giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Hollinghurst is inspired by writers like Forster and James, whose works were written a hundred years ago or more, and even if I was not exactly bowled over by his story, there were times where I almost wanted to weep at the exquisiteness of his prose, his libe of beauty.


View all 8 comments. When Catherine, in a manic phase, blurts out some of these truths to the press, Nick’s only usefulness then is as a sort of scapegoat. This novel obviously is a tribute to Henry James. Thus, crucially, the carefully indeterminate ending of the novel. I just didn’t feel a connection right now. Where can I go from this?

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Topics Alan Hollinghurst Book club. Start hollinghursr The Line of Beauty: In the summer oftwenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: Am I not just killing time on my daily commute? Is it difficult for you to DNF or not? Hollinghugst book, at the beginning, really took my interest. I started and finished other ones, I even called my library to postpone the date where I should have brought it back.

Talk about a niche!

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Hollinghurst has that completeness of play, that perfect union of the dramatic and the psychological. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Nick’s conventional middle-class parents are worried by their son’s connection to such a powerful family, and try to discourage it.

My one quibble is with the plotting, and with the various burdens of plot-advancement each character must bear. The author needed a better editor, one who loves the delete key.

Nick dates Leo Charles, a black man from Willesden in his late 20s, whom he meets through a lonely hearts column. I looked forward to commutes, took the local train instead of the express; I waited for buses and elevators when I normally would’ve walked, and showed up early at dinner dates so I’d have time first to read.

He never once stood up for himself. His promiscurity is irritating in that it is indiscriminate. Because Nick loves the Fedden’s privileged life, he gives it more brilliance, a reflective glow. This someone is gaunt, very ill, and dying of an AIDS related illness. I find it difficult to rate and review this book.


But after dabbling in a relationship with middle class clerk – who it is foreshadowed will dump him because he has no money — he becomes a kept boy for a rich Aaln millionaire, and former Oxford classmate Wani Ouradi. In on election day Nick goes to vote and does not vote for Gerald but a member of the Green party.

Review “Almost perfectly written. See what you think. The characters were engaging I especially liked Alxn.

I guess I’ll have to try a classic, and hope for the best Nick didn’t greet him, but left the pub with his latest pick-up. But art is also seen as the province of the rich, who can afford it but don’t necessarily appreciate it.

Scott Fitzgerald ‘s The Great Gatsby. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. As a member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, Mr. On the surface it is a study of these elites, how they operate and how ruthlessly they ditch those who no longer serve them, on another it is a gay coming of age story, in which the shadow of AIDS inevitabily looms, and a third is as a tribute to Henry James.

The gay hero, Nick Guest, is on his way to a blind date but is waylaid by his land-lady’s daughter, a highly strung neurotic with a history of self-harm. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. One of the engaging aspects of the discussion was that Hollinghurst sometimes found himself talking as if he were another a,an. And when I thought of reading more of this novel, I got really excited.

Oh, but I only complain because otherwise Beauuty melt!