Winner of the Man Booker Prize and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the NBCC award. From Alan Hollinghurst, the acclaimed author of The. 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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Leo also introduces Nick to Pete, his middle-aged former lover who runs an antiques shop, like Nick’s father, and who is sickly. In the book, which goes a bit more darkly into Nick’s insincerities and obsequiousness, Nick believes he will become positive as well.

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

We don’t know if Nick is HIV positive. May 11, Beautty rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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. Thanks for telling us about the problem. While at Oxford he shared a house with Andrew Motion, and was awarded the Newdigate Prize for poetry inthe year before Motion.

I know it’s bleak, but then I think it’s probably a very bleak book, even though it’s essentially a comedy. That cramped self-consciousness complements his obsession with aesthetics, but it also makes him effete and in the end not a very effective friend to himself or those he loves. It is ultimately about betrayal, sickness and death, the cynicism associated with political alaj and the tragedy of wrong choices. Isn’t this what editors are for?

He lives in London. It is also his insight into human psychology, his knowingness when it comes to human stupidity, triumphs and pretensions, his ability to observe and name every little tic, gesture and hidden meaning which conversations in society are so full of.


When I think of Leo on his bike I almost cry. As the boom years of the eighties unfold, Nick, an innocent in the world of politics and money, finds his holinghurst altered by the rising fortunes of this glamorous family.

Aug 19, Claire Fuller rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Line of Beauty “. Also, the best book I’ve read in years.

Why didn’t it tell me? The book is divided into three sections, datedand His social position is not so very different from that of Kazuo Ishiguro’s hero in the first part of When We Were Orphans —a peculiarly English awkwardness which both writers capture very well. Richly textured, emotionally charged, disarmingly comic, this is a major work by one of our finest writers. And do not finish this book this time, maybe it’ll be for another time.

Adversity hasn’t made them better. I pictured him coaxing it into some unlit shrubbery, and then gently but manfully bending The English Language over against an oak tree, sort of holding it there, unzipping his trousers, and masterfully — generously — turning it gay.

I started and finished other ones, I even called my library to postpone the date where I should have brought it back. Having a tough time getting through this one. Its first section, “The Love-Chord”, is dated I can’t beautu do justice to the book in a short review, for which I apologise.

Discover what to read next. O, for instance, you are somehow not captivated by gay male sexuality, Thatcherite England, or novels about rich people, you might not love this.

Reading this gave me the first faint interest in rereading Gatsby for the first time since high school, because I feel like there’s a joke there and I want to get it. I’m obsessed lately with the idea that aalan compulsion to plot often prevents an author telling the real story. 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 Nick discovers that Gerald is having an affair with his assistant, Penny, which disturbs Nick’s idealization of lin Feddens.


Beauty is a heartless god, the book admits, but impossible to deny. But the phrase also 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 turns out to have been a tragedy after all. At first he makes half-hearted progress on a thesis about Henry James, but later he floats into the orbit, and bedroom, of Wani Ouradi, a glamorous Lebanese heir to a supermarket fortune, with whom he formulates vague plans to found a production company.

He has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. On the other hand, if beauty is visceral and inextricably related to positive identification and sympathy, we need to work hard to pull the encultured hierarchies from it.

View all 16 comments. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst. I am going to have to go back and read Hollingshurst’s other novels now. Hollinghurst writes brilliantly about life among the movers and shakers of Margaret Thatcher’s Od in the early s.

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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. But even with all of those hollinghurt, The Line of Beauty never transcended the better than average for me. The homosexual acts are just too much for my taste. If you read my long rant, thank you and I am wondering if you have ever felt the same pressure over yourself too.