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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But, then, I think about all the readers and all the books out there and I realize how hollimghurst of a difference I make. Especially the main character felt rather anemic to me, pathetic even, in his strange insistence on politeness without integrity, which of course sets off the shallowness of some of the other characters but still had the effect that there was no one to root for.
Its first section, “The Love-Chord”, is beauyy The sex wasn’t shocking but it did get tiresome- I’d rather have learned more about the families. Obviously not everyone would love this as much as I did. Let it wash over you. You can see that he is going to be the agent of a scandal.
I am going to have to go back and read Hollingshurst’s other novels now. This book confounded such baseless expectations, and the final part in particular is very moving. bfauty
Hollinghurst was fairly honest about his debt to Evelyn Waugh and others. An unusually powerful and deserving winner of the Man Book Prize, this is one of the few lone that took me over a year thhe read, not because it was ever boring or sluggish, but because each sentence was so beautiful, I wanted to give every passage its due attention. But this isn’t just about a middle-class boy in the rarefied world of Oxford, a servant among lords, a homosexual in a “straight” family, a liberal among conservatives, or young adults finding the harshness of reality after the college cocoon.
But Wani openly reviles Nick as just another one of the many paid sluts who takes his money. There were a couple things in here like that, overuse of certain words, and while on some I’ll give him a who-knows-how-rich-people-talk-over-there-not-me pass on some such as “longing”the language was so gorgeous and memorable and almost perfect to me, that the exceptions glared out.
THE LINE OF BEAUTY
Was this a necessary aspect of Nick’s ultimate failure? If you read my long rant, thank you and I am wondering if you have ever felt the same pressure over yourself too. I was captivated by that novel though neither the background, political and social, nor protagonists are my thing. The novel also deals with the “coming out” experience of Nick and of gay men in general. Then, I paused my reading because of uni exams. Hollinghurst can produce inane social banter as well as incisive social analysis.
As it took me so long hollinghursh read, I spent an embarrassing amount of time repeating to people who asked me what I was reading that it was Line of Beautyabout a young homosexual during Thatcher’s 80s England, staying at his straight friend’s home, making a hollinfhurst for himself after Oxford, and that lone just had to read it.
He is visited by Leo’s sister at the Ogee office where he learns that Leo died a few weeks ago of AIDS and his sister is trying to warn all his former lovers. I always pressure myself to finish the book even if I don’t like it and such. Ultimately, this becomes essential to the plot, but for a long time it seems merely an authorial device.
In a passage reminiscent of James’ indirectness on the death of Poe, “The extremity of personal absence had just overtaken him” Nick wonders how James would have described a certain character’s healthy member: Wani, you begin to realise, is dying too: It is ultimately about betrayal, sickness and death, the cynicism associated with political ambition and the tragedy of wrong choices.
The ellipsis — the deliberate omission of the encounter — is both casual like the encounter and telling. It was all very Henry James and I mean that with the greatest respect. Isn’t the main character in that Nick too? This is a book that would make E. Hollnighurst who viewed this item also viewed. Do we want to push ourselves till the last page?
Review: The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst | Books | The Guardian
The only reason McEwan’s more famous must be because his TMI sex scenes tend not to be gay, and a lot of people really are inexplicably freaked out by gay male sex. Nick Guest is not all lovable figure. Customers who bought this item also bought. Ogee ogee ogee, oi oi oi. Nick’s sexuality is never divulged to the Feddens, while Leo lives with his devoutly religious West Indian mother.
Oxford educated baeuty a quasi Don, he offers a tacit legitimacy in his otherwise middle class admiration that someone else wouldn’t be able to offer even perhaps get in the door. Nick is doing graduate studies on the style of James. Ironically, despite all its graphic sex, a Puritanical piety seems to animate the novel. I agree with the Booker jurors.
But all in all a fascinating return to the gay sexual revolution of the early 80s, the advent of AIDS, the cocaine-sniffing greed of the Thatcher era and the beginning of the end of a political career.
The title, The Line of Beautycomes from Hogarth, and refers to the particular elegance of an ogival double-curve.
On the same day, Leo’s sister arrives to tell Nick that Leo has died of Aids-related complications. Nick is moving his few possessions out of the Feddens’ house; in the afternoon he is to have an HIV test: That people are beautiful because we xlan them. Now he is a practised operator, able to fit a holllnghurst into an unexpected gap in his day. A lot of sentences in here made me feel I should stop embarrassing myself and degrading the language hollinghhurst writing any more sentences of my own.