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The Line of Beauty

The Line of Beauty

  • Title: The Line of Beauty
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  • ISBN : 9780739464465
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 438 pages


In the summer of 1983, twenty year old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens conservative Member of Parliament Gerald, his wealthy wife Rachel, and their two children, Toby whom Nick had idolized at Oxford and Catherine, highly critical of her family s assumptions and ambitions As the boom years of the eighties unfold, Nick, an innoc In the summer of 1983, twenty year old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens conservative Member of Parliament Gerald, his wealthy wife Rachel, and their two children, Toby whom Nick had idolized at Oxford and Catherine, highly critical of her family s assumptions and ambitions As the boom years of the eighties unfold, Nick, an innocent in the world of politics and money, finds his life altered by the rising fortunes of this glamorous family His two vividly contrasting love affairs, one with a young black clerk and one with a Lebanese millionaire, dramatize the dangers and rewards of his own private pursuit of beauty, a pursuit as compelling to Nick as the desire for power and riches among his friends.Richly textured, emotionally charged, disarmingly comic, this U.K bestseller is a major work by one of our finest writers


Author Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst is an English novelist, and winner of the 2004 Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty.He read English at Magdalen College, Oxford graduating in 1975 and subsequently took the further degree of Master of Literature 1979 While at Oxford he shared a house with Andrew Motion, and was awarded the Newdigate Prize for poetry in 1974, the year before Motion.In the late 1970s he became a




The Line of Beauty Reviews (31)

  • I started this last night, heading home after one of the most dreadful evenings in recent memory.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 But for some reason everything I pick up lately s been unsatisfying, lik [..]

  • There are many models of beauty and as old saying goes beauty is in the eye of the beholder There is a classic definition of the line of beauty depicted by Hogarth in his work Analyse of beauty , it s a S shaped double curve, though for Nick, the main protagonist of Alan Hollinghurst [..]

  • Sometimes one has to admit that one s preconceptions about a book are entirely wrong 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 Thi [..]

  • It makes me angry that I don t know much about U.S history, modern U.S history and British history Fuggedaboutit I wish I knew about the Thatcher administration since the novel is coupled with those years as efficiently as THE HUMAN STAIN goes hand in hand with the Lewinski scandal One must know ho [..]

  • 3.5 stars rounded upBooker prize winner in 2004, Hollinghurst writes about the 1980s and particularly about Thatcher s Britain and the onset of HIV AIDS It is the story of Nick Guest, a young gay man from a middle class background He meets the son Toby of a rising Tory MP Gerald Fedden at Oxford an [..]

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