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The Spell

The Spell

  • Title: The Spell
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  • ISBN : 9780140286373
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 272 pages


Here are the interlocking affairs of four men Robin Woodfield, an architect in his late forties trying to build an idyllic life in Dorset with his young lover, Justin, a would be actor increasingly disenchanted with the countryside Robin s attractive and dangerously volatile twenty two year old son Danny and Justin s former boyfriend Alex, whose life is unexpectedly tra Here are the interlocking affairs of four men Robin Woodfield, an architect in his late forties trying to build an idyllic life in Dorset with his young lover, Justin, a would be actor increasingly disenchanted with the countryside Robin s attractive and dangerously volatile twenty two year old son Danny and Justin s former boyfriend Alex, whose life is unexpectedly transformed by a night of house music and a tab of ecstasy.As each falls under the spell of romance or drugs, country living or rough trade, a richly ironic picture emerges of the illusions of love, and of the clashing imperatives of modern gay life the hunger for contact and the fear of commitment, the need for permanence and the continual disruptions of sex Ultimately, The Spell details the restlessness of every human heart


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 Spell Reviews (31)

  • This book, which has been much praised, goes to show that if your standing in the literary world is elevated enough, you can get away with writing a shit novel I, too, love Alan Hollinghurst, but I cannot pretend this book is anything but awful.The storyline in as much as there is one concerns a fat [..]

  • Well disguised porn Enthusiastically gay the only type you can ever possibly find that s these things dramatic, haunting, even poetic Hollinghurst is incomparable his niche is his very own. [..]

  • This is the third of Hollinghurst s four novels And from what I can gather, the runt of the litter for quite a few of his readers Not hard to see why, given what it followed a brace of densely brilliant novels which permit us to richly inhabit the lyric sensibilities of two very sinuous and engaging [..]

  • Hollinghurst s The Line of Beauty, which won the 2004 Booker, may be one of the best novels I ve read, among those novels in the Forsterian Jamesian tradition, if such a tradition can exist You know what I m talking about Novels about the lives of interesting people just a shade fascinating and a s [..]

  • Fiction This book was so unpleasant I finished it in two days I d read a chapter, make a face, put the book down, and walk away Later I d find myself reading it again It s a terrible book filled with gay men who are all cheating on each other The really annoying thing is that it s quite well written [..]

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