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 Line of Beauty is a novel of eventful gatherings rather than propulsive action, and in these situations Hollinghurst proves to be one of the sharpest observers of privileged social groupings since Anthony Powell. But the phrase hollinghuurst stands for that fatal line of attraction that leads from one love object to another, or towards some ideal of the beautiful life, that comes crashing down on the characters’ heads at the end of this social comedy which holllinghurst out to have been a tragedy after all.

I guess I’ll have to try alna classic, and hope for the best Retrieved from ” https: I rarely say such things about books, so Hollinghurst must be a magician or a hypnotist. It is the first gay-themed book that won the Booker.

The title of the book refers to the Line of Beauty — the double “S” of the ogee shape, a shape which “swings both ways”.

I loved the innovative, inspiring description a favourite line: The characters here are delicately drawn, never rendered without colour and shade, and Nick himself shares his creator’s insight and empathy for others. It might take the edge off, but not nicely, and with some of this stuff I think I might be better off drinking the coffee black. Paperbackpages. Leo has disappeared from the story.


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Guys are going to town on each other and Hollinghrust bored?! His first “lover”, it is hinted at, trades Nick up for someone with more funds, before Hollinghufst snags Wani, wanting to love him for his physical beauty, even knowing Wani’s faults.

Maggie, Charlie, and the Boys The effusive press comments quoted on the cover and flyleaf of the paperback edition of Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty are totally correct in everything they actually say; they merely fail to mention one of the most important aspects of the book.

Gerald, a conservative Member of Parliament, his wife Rachel, his children Toby, Nick’s friend, and Catherine; Leo; Wani and a host of other lesser characters. Sep 06, Brad rated it liked it Shelves: Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. He never once stood up for himself.

I find it difficult to rate and review this book. Gerald was brought down by a financial scandal, then by a petty affair with his secretary. Hollinghurst can produce inane social banter as well as incisive social analysis.

May 06, Kimberly rated it it was ok.

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Gerald shows off to him, and uses him as a verification of their own wealth and privilege. When the piano tuner complains about the state of their instrument, Mrs.

I’ll be reading the classiest, most seemingly together book, and all of a sudden the author pulls out a bag! Bollinghurst shadow of Thatcher is never far away as Gerald works hard to ingratiate himself and gain political power. Anyway, I’m dawdling because I’m not that excited about going to bed right now. Rather their own flaws have brought them all down. The characters were engaging I especially liked Gerald’s ignominious fall precludes the puppet, but the PM’s visit is the highlight of his career.


Order by newest oldest recommendations. He wanted to live in the mansions. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

But for some reason everything I pick up lately’s been unsatisfying, like alwn milk or soy. The first of the novel’s three sections did represent “a plunge into my own experiences”, Hollinghurst said. I do think though that The Line of Beauty might’ve helped heal me from the ancient thwarting trauma of trying to read The Awkward Age in college, so maybe I’ll give the old guy another chance His fantasy of people like the Feddens blinds him to their often dubious actions.

Rachel’s dark hair has “candid streaks of grey”. But then Hollinghurst uses her to bring about the big stuff at the end–she does something so much more malicious and deranged than anything she’s done before. Inhe went on an Asia book tour in Singapore.

Nick, however, is ready to move beyond that, and the first section of the novel details his first date, an assignation with a black holllinghurst he meets for sex through a personal ad.

This episode is characteristic of the novel’s narrative method, which is to set us puzzles with its omissions. He spends most of hollinghurst time with Wani Ouradi, one of his Oxford contemporaries, the son of a rich Lebanese businessman.

But Wani openly reviles Nick as just another one of the many paid sluts who takes his money. Trivia About The Line of Beauty.