[PDF/EPUB] The Line of Beauty By Alan Hollinghurst

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Ld Nick becomes caught up in the Feddens' world In an era of endless possibility Nick finds himself able to pursue his own private obsession with beauty a prize as compelling to him as power and riches are to his friend. Thoroughly enjoyed this Brought back so many memories of the 80s Wonderfully well written So much I wish I d said that I felt for Nick Although he d benefited so much initially from the casual generosity of the Feddens he paid for it in the end It dovetails with recent TV programme It s a Sin and there s a hint of Brideshead Revisited I hope we ve moved forwards a bit since then Brilliant read

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The Line of Beauty

It is the summer of 1983 and young Nick Guest an innocent in the matters of politics and money has moved into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens Gerald an ambitious new Tory MP his wealthy wife Rachel. SPOILER ALERTMiddle class but upwardly hopeful Nick Guest comes to Tory MP Gerald Fedden s house first as a vacation houseminder and ostensible watcher of the unstable daughter Catherine Cat Nick is in pursuit of beauty of a certain type Beauty is in many things but Nick is enthralled by beauty as manifested in privileged lives and its beautiful thingsInvited to stay after the vacation as a useful dogsbody he gets to be the hanger on of wealth and dabbler in their society Always obseuious he becomes a foil for family head and MP Gerald s boasting a constant reassurance and dutiful

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And their children Toby and Catherine Nick had idolized Toby at Oxford but in his London life it will be the troubled Catherine who becomes his friend and his uneasy responsibility At the boom years of the mid 80s unfo. An appropriately applauded modern day masterpiece where the author understands that effective prose has got a function beyond acting as an engine for the plot He maximises the use of language to let the reader inhabit the deep ambiguities that are at the heart of human experience After a long time I felt like I got to feel the throb of the heart that keeps literary fiction alive and a page of Hollinghurst is all one needs to feel the heat and the beatCourageously written in third person narrator spanning four years in Thatcher years it tracks the experience of a middle class emphasis on his class


10 thoughts on “The Line of Beauty

  1. says:

    SPOILER ALERT

    Middle class but upwardly hopeful Nick Guest comes to Tory MP Gerald Fedden's house first as a vacation houseminder, and ostensible watcher of the unstable daughter Catherine (Cat). Nick is in pursuit of beauty of a certain type. Beauty is in many things, but Nick is enthralled by beauty as manifested in privileged live

  2. says:

    This book of course is well written but the characters are just despicable. I hated Nick the gay character the most. He never once stood up for himself. Books should be better than this. Seems to be just another sad gay novel a la “Boys in the Band”.

  3. says:

    The protagonist in this novel is exploring his sexuality, but seems obsessed. He is a young gay man, who wants to open do

  4. says:

    Reading this was, for me, like a long vacation in a gorgeous and sacred place. A perfect book with beautifully crafted sentences, description

  5. says:

    It's very unusual for me not to finish a book I started, but I did give up on this one.
    And it's not easy to say why. There is certainly a high level of skill in the writing this is not anything as simple as a bad writer.
    I would say that, for me, there was a slightly arch tone, perhaps not quite full irony, but somehow the reader stands at a distance from the characters, as if there is a slight condescending at

  6. says:

    An appropriately applauded modern day masterpiece where the author understands that effective prose has got a function beyond actin

  7. says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this. Brought back so many memories of the 80s. Wonderfully well written. So much, ‘I wish I’d said that’. I felt for Nick. Although he’d benefited so much initially from the casual generosity of the Fedd

  8. says:

    This was the first novel by Alan Hollinghurst I read, and so far my favourite! He is able to write paragraphs of description where not much happens but I'm still enthralled. The storyline is fairly basic, it's a bunch of characters going through a few years together, but it works. This is about the characters, the tongue in cheek h

  9. says:

    At the time of writing this, this Kindle version of the Booker Prize winning 'The Line of Beauty' was a paltry 89p. I would say this is a fantastic bargain for a thoroughly entertaining story that I would retrospectively have paid full price for anyway!

    The story follows Nick Guest, a gay graduate from Oxford University who has found himself adopted by the family of Gerald Fedden. Fedden is the father of Nick's

  10. says:

    Hollinghurst's PhD was about homosexuality in Forster, Firbank and Hartley, and he's used a series of novels to point up the gay's dilemmas at various stages of c20. In Lo B we're in 1980s, where Greed is Good an

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