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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For the first time, there is a clear sense 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.

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But for some reason everything I pick up lately’s been unsatisfying, like skim milk or soy. He wanted to live in the mansions. A woman has blonde hair in expensive confusion.

Both end with Nick, and the rest of the characters not having learned much.

Against the glamour and the wealth is a political backdrop of the conservatives in power. In that the protagonist has lost sight of the lije picture. It had been “the latest of several unhappy goodbyes not marked in any way as the last of all”. Fact and fiction blur together in the first few chapters of this book, as Nick looks for his footing in this hollimghurst environment, and determines what type of man he wants to be.

Show 25 25 50 All. To Gerald and his friends and relations, he acts the supportive, respectful Tory. Maybe McEwan should stop writing sentences too! This someone is gaunt, very ill, and dying of an AIDS related illness. It is a bittersweet feeling, but I am quite happy with my decision and I feel absolutely relieved.


I think that happened here, somewhat.

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

Nick’s dance with Margaret Thatcher has overtones of a dance with the devil. Hollinghurst has superb senses for texture, heft, sound, movement.

He recalled how one tabloid headline greeted hhollinghurst Man Booker Prize by announcing, “Gay Sex Wins Prize” — “a rather different award” from the famous literary prize itself, the author reflected. But he describes them with witty precision that captures and satirizes them simultaneously. The novel begins in the summer ofshortly after Margaret Thatcher ‘s second victory in the general election.

Going home Nick finds that the scandal has already broken. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. That’s not fair of me, though. And when he chances to write about drugs lkne sex together, the outcome is dire: I had deep sympathy for this soul, and felt a mixture of admiration and disapproval! Late last night finishing a cigarette on the fire escape, inventorying the bitter, dark, stinking thing that’s my life these days, I tried to think of promising reasons hollingghurst wake up in the morning, to drink literal coffee and walk out the door.

Review below from October I wanted to savour every word in this novel. They provide the frame, the setting, and their small bag of traits and attitudes are sufficiently well shuffled and deployed as to make convincing characters–but Hollinghurst didn’t really need to shift his focus back to them at the end. Nick avoids him and manages to leave without being seen.

Hollinghurst wrote part of the novel at the Yaddo colony. She’s angry that Nick doesn’t leave Wani because their relationship must be kept hidden. There were a few in here, man The characters are beautifully crafted, the era s London is brilliantly captured and the story well told-with a beauyy that changes the languid to the anguished. As a member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, Mr.


Nick was a hanger on, a sycophant, a leech, because he thirsted after what he saw as a beautiful lifestyle. Nick never made a secret of it, except to Wani’s father. Review “Almost perfectly written. Fedden remarks quietly, “Oh, I know Liszt enjoyed playing it.

In contrast, other characters describe lines hollinghursh cocaine as “beautiful”. During this same period, Nick can no longer ignore his own homosexuality and begins a guilt-ridden yet thrilling exploration of it. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. These are minor quibbles, however, about a book I was often reluctant to put down.

Nick is invited by his fellow Oxford graduate and secret crush, a straight man, Toby to stay in the attic of their beautiful London upper class beautyy.

It is the first gay-themed book that won the Booker. While at Oxford he shared a house with Andrew Motion, and was awarded the Newdigate Prize for poetry inthe year before Motion.

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Nick basically is a respectable looking, safe, but hidden holilnghurst companion, no more acknowledged than the anonymous rent boys. For those interested in these topics the book is certainly worthwile.

I was struck by a paragraph where Nick is trying to justify his vision of an artistic film of a James book The Spoils of Poynton to a rich but philistine potential backer who has just told him that the story “kinda sucks”: