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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He goes back to the Feddens’ house, knowing that they are absent for a wedding and runs into Penny who reveals that she is going to continue her affair with Gerald. Thanks a lot, Man Booker Prize committee!

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He admires their lives, their objects, their ailments and emotional vices, his pursuit of the things he believes are most truly beautiful is endless. Hollingghurst had deep sympathy for this soul, and felt a mixture of admiration and disapproval! It’s about someone who loves things more than people.

geauty Just a ohllinghurst while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I especially loved how Hollinghurst was able to stir up so emotion in the final scenes. Hollinghurst’s alertness to the tiniest social and tonal shifts never slackens, and positively luxuriates in a number of unimprovably droll set pieces. Maybe Shakespeare’s Puck was right for saying what fools we mortals be. The ellipses in the narrative, you realise, have enacted Nick’s own suppression of his feelings.

To Gerald and his friends and relations, he acts the supportive, respectful Tory. The book refers frequently to the life and works of Henry James. There is little interrogation. Hollinghurst wrote part of the novel at the Yaddo colony.


Beauty is a heartless god, the book admits, but impossible to deny. Archived from the original on 17 July Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I could drink it all lone. There are so many book DNF at about pg Gerald Fedden’s world, the politics and the socializing, was so convincingly rendered that one reader wondered “if you’d been to one of Jeffrey Archer’s parties”.

In that the protagonist has holljnghurst sight of the bigger picture. I hope this book lives up to its promising opening. View all 5 comments. The narrative is so powerful that I was able to picture much of the story as clearly as if I had actually witnessed it all taking place, and several of the more disturbing scenes were so real to me that they stuck in my head in graphic detail, as if they were horribly memorable scenes from a film, for days afterwards.

The judging committee must have been horny there’s a good gay sex scene or high a lot of cocaine consumed throughout the book. And, in some way, I still feel guilty.

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But even if it doesn’t, I’m grateful for the feeling. Don’t have a Kindle? I am the only one who is judging my DNF. Toby is the predictable Hetero Golden Boy Athlete, dull and style-less and unconscious of his allure, but Catherine is worse–Hollinghurst is lazy, or seems to be at a loss, and just opts to make her a typical Hysterical Female, a manic-depressive Poor Little Rich Girl who does drugs, makes impertinent comments at the dinner table, and dates roguish unsuitables to shock her parents.


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. Naturally, the book ends with another. Scott Fitzgerald ‘s The Great Gatsby. The characters were engaging I especially liked Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

In on election day Nick goes to vote and does not vote for Gerald but a member of the Green party. The sex wasn’t shocking but it did get tiresome- I’d rather have learned more about the families. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

Again and hollinghursy, he feels outside himself, nervous about how he must look and sound. See and discover other items: But he also made him “behave very badly on occasion”.

Meant to be a sort of touchstone, Catherine reviles pretense, babbles of speaking truths. Show 25 25 50 All. Despite these negative aspects, the apan provided an insightful view on the politics of the Thatcher-years, and more importantly for me personally it brought back the ‘beginning’ of AIDS in the early and I find it difficult to rate and review this book. But this isn’t just about a middle-class boy in the rarefied world of Oxford, a servant among lords, a homosexual in a “straight” family, a liberal among conservatives, or young adults finding the harshness of reality after the college cocoon.

Important and wonderful book.