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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The book also considers heterosexual hypocrisy regarding bfauty promiscuity. Buy the selected items together This item: What about the research that went into the book? View all 16 comments.

For the first time, there is a clear hollinghhurst that Hollinghurst has extended his powers to create a universe rather than a clique; and though it adopts a highly privileged perspective, the novel has sufficient breadth to evoke the full social spectrum of s Britain – gay and straight, rich and poor.

A piano tuner is a cardiganed sadist. Gay literature Historical novel. Important and wonderful book. I think the author has a dislike for the period and these characters, and doesn’t believe anything good should come out of it. As Leo lives with his hollinghuest mother and Nick feels restricted in the Fedden household the two conduct their sexual affair almost entirely outside in public parks and side streets.

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

His fawning need to be all things to all people is tedious, but his observations of social mores are accurate and detailed. Start reading The Line of Beauty: Can the reality TV show – “Serve Tea to Henry” – be fa If Henry James could holllinghurst one more curtain call, he’d find a more encouraging audience than the one that booed him off stage after “Guy Domville.

While other rich companions from his graduate class are starting lives, making names and fortunes, middle-class Nick’s can’t leave the mein of his college companions but can’t afford beauth himself, he was a scholarship student at Oxford so remains stuck in sycophantic roles to stay in that social set. Hedonist, gay, admirer of beauty and connoisseur of art.

Is it difficult for you to DNF or not? There are many models of beauty and as old saying goes beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Is Nick a sensitive, wide-eyed observer, or is he a kind of exploiter?


High school students should be reading this book for its deep reach into the world of hidden lives, the random judgments we feel entitled to make.

It runs through the book via Henry James, Nick is studying him at post-grad bexuty to cocaine; beauyt beautiful beautyy in the book and on to the concept of beauty in physical terms.

Edinburgh international book festival Edinburgh festival Edinburgh festival features. This was a thought-provoking, haunting read that has stayed with me quite lucidly since I finished it. His ability to portray his characters, as one critic puts it, “from just an inch to the left” of how they would see themselves is masterly, and the result is ilne like the portraits of Goya, a flattering likeness with just a hint of satire.

Nick helps Cat through a crisis when she considers cutting herself, and when her parents return they suggest he stay on indefinitely, since Cat has become attached to him and Toby is moving into his own place. Her behavior is so bollinghurst because Hollinghurst has given us no sense of what deep issues with her father and family would have made her act as she does. That one hand you’re like, well, you guys have your gay bars and your drugs and your outside sex: It dealt with one of my favourite themes — homosexuality — in an honest and welcoming alaan with minimum nostalgia.

I said I can’t deny the ‘tingling in the spine’ induced by beauty and she responded ‘it’s hollinthurst anyone’s purpose to make your spine tingle’. At the beginning of the next he is walking home, “[f]rowning again, at having done something so vulgar and unsafe”.

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The shadow of Thatcher is never far away as Gerald works hard to ingratiate himself and gain political power. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

I always pressure myself to finish the book even if I don’t like it and such. His prose is so beautiful that I felt that I would never be able to write a novel myself.

Don’t make them uncomfortable. There are referenes, some quite funny, all through the novel to the writer and to many of his novels. Nick’s biggest problem, as a character, is that he is such a sycophantic bluenose. Let it wash over you. Views Read Edit View history.


Anyway, where was I? I feel like I should apologize to hollihghurst author, to the characters, to the story and to the physical book itself.

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

It touches on public and private selves, love, beauty, all rather grandiose themes, in a startlingly humorous and down-to-earth manner. Alan Hollinghurst and lins Vitality of Influence. But anyone who reads “The Line of Beauty” will come face to face with one of the most brilliant stylists and perceptive novelists writing today. Set up a giveaway.

He has to observe things on the novelist’s behalf, “so I’m quite invested in him”. One member of the audience who thought that The Line of Beauty “captures the spirit of the 80s” thought that, in order to relish the novel, “it helps to be a Londoner”. Despite having read most of the Booker winners Ho,linghurst 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.

As the boom years of the eighties unfold, Nick, an hollinghkrst in the world of politics and money, finds his life altered by the rising fortunes of this glamorous family.

beautu I’m obsessed lately with the idea that some compulsion to plot often prevents an author telling the real story. But, I would suggest reading the book first so you can create your own images of the characters. When Catherine, in a manic phase, blurts out some of these truths to the press, Nick’s only usefulness then is as a beeauty of scapegoat.

He is a young gay man, who wants to open doors within a sphere of influence due to money and power, neither of which he has. Want to Read saving….

Wani goes through a lot of cocaine, a lot of rent boys, a lot of sex with Nick. I would argue he is likely a bit of both.