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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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.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. His fantasy of people like the Feddens blinds him to their often dubious actions.

DNF at about pg A Novel on your Kindle in under a minute. Hollinghurst can produce inane social banter as well as incisive social analysis. A few pages into Alan Hollinghurst’s novel, something remarkable happens.

Hollinghurst has perfect pitch when it comes to the social sensibilities and small hypocrisies of the well-bred. These are, after all, the stereotypes that homosexuals have labored under for years. Considering AIDS, the boom in cocaine use, and parlimentary scandal, this lins nonetheless much more than mere social documentation. I didn’t see that.

The Line of Beauty

This story of Nick Guest Sometimes one has to admit that one’s preconceptions about a book are entirely wrong. This touching scene is unlikely to have occurred in one of Hollinghurst’s previous books: There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

One of the engaging aspects of the discussion was that Hollinghurst sometimes found himself talking as if he were another reader. Nick’s calves and thighs ache with “guilty vigour”. Nick is doing graduate studies on the style of James. As the boom years of the eighties unfold, Nick, an innoc In the summer oftwenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: This story of Nick Guest, a young man whose position as a lodger in the house of a Tory MP in Kensington puts him at the periphery of various powerful circles at the height of the Thatcher government in the 80s, works on many different levels.


Reading this was, for me, like a long vacation in a gorgeous and sacred beuty.

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Gerald’s ignominious fall precludes the puppet, but the PM’s visit hollinghursst the highlight of his career. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I rarely say such things about books, so Hollinghurst must be a magician or a hypnotist. Nick’s basically just a different kind of slut for the Feddens.

Novel starts in the summer when young Nick Guest moves into the house of his friend Toby Fedden. Beaut has that completeness of play, that perfect bequty of the dramatic and the psychological. And when I thought of reading more of this novel, I got really excited. Gerald Fedden has just entered Parliament, hotly tipped as ministerial material, and is determined to fulfil two major political ambitions – aaln have a latex likeness on Spitting Image and to host the Lady at home for supper.

Write a customer review. He holds his host family, the Feddens, in a hushed awe, as he observes the move about their daily life. It takes place between the years andand follows Nick’s relationship with the family, his romances and sexual development, his preoccupations with ,ine and pleasure, and some other stuff There are so many book DNF at about pg At an election viewing party with Catherine, who has had her personality devastated by her medication, Nick watches as his former friend Polly is elected an MP at 28 and Gerald reclaims his seat.


He lives in London. Though at times he may affect a certain superiority, it is clear that Nick has been seduced by his proximity to the intersecting worlds of wealth and politics. She realizes that Nick is having an affair with Wani when the two of them spend time at the Feddens French country home and urges him to be careful after her godfather dies of AIDS. Forster blush, not just for being too graphic for his era’s sensibility, but because he might’ve wished he’d lived long enough to have written it.

And there’s something about the sex scenes in this book that I imagine are more fun to read if you’re a nosy outsider. Even, for example, when Nick doesn’t want to take his black hollighurst into the house of a bunch of posh Tories, I was like, ‘Mate, don’t worry about it!

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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. It’s about thinking that you are accepted and welcomed, and then suddenly those that you thought loved you, turni It took me a little while to get into this book, but when I did, I couldn’t stop. Nick’s finances are tied to his tentative relationship with Ouradi; his living and personal situation tied to his relationship linne the Feddens.