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The Stranger's Child

The Stranger's Child

  • Title: The Stranger's Child
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  • ISBN : 9780330483247
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 564 pages


From the Man Booker Prize winning author of The Line of Beauty a magnificent, century spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations.In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance to his family s modest home outside London for the weekend From the Man Booker Prize winning author of The Line of Beauty a magnificent, century spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations.In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance to his family s modest home outside London for the weekend George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen year old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to But what Cecil writes in Daphne s autograph album will change their and their families lives forever a poem that, after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them.Rich with Hollinghurst s signature gifts haunting sensuality, delicious wit and exquisite lyricism The Stranger s Child is a tour de force a masterly novel about the lingering power of desire, how the heart creates its own history, and how legends are made


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 Stranger's Child Reviews (31)

  • This tells a riveting and complex saga with profound insight, plenty of intrigue and dashes of wit From the first dozen pages, even the first few sentences, I was drawn into a love affair with the writing of this book I read large chunks than once because the writing is breathtaking, but leisurely [..]

  • GOODREADS REVIEWER TO SUE BOOKER PRIZEWINNING AUTHOR Associated Press, 23 May 2012 I am appalled, says Goodreads reviewer Paul Bryant, speaking at his pleasant Nottingham home earlier today Friends had told me of this but I had brushed it aside as a matter below my concern But then I stumbled [..]

  • Now I don t read Booker prize winning author Alan Hollinghurst for his storytelling In truth, the lyrical beauty of his flawless writing almost negates the need for a story So my five star rating is solely for his penmanship Alas, the story, such as it is, drags itself along like a beached turtle Th [..]

  • Hollinghurst is fifty and he s still writing about boys and their capacity for stratospheric ejaculation Snoresville. [..]

  • In a perverse delectation of delay I waited until the US release of The Stranger s Child In spells of impatience I would Google the UK reviews, and read them in a skimming, self protective way, veering from spoilers, and keeping mostly to the opening and closing paragraphs of generalized accl [..]

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