The Line of Beauty has ratings and reviews. Jessica said: I started this last night, heading home after one of the most dreadful evenings in. 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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One of the engaging aspects of the discussion was that Hollinghurst sometimes found himself talking as if he were another reader.
When the story picks up again inNick is hollingnurst living with his host family, but he’s moved on from his first lover to a Lebanese millionaire who’s engaged to be married. Hollinghurst has that completeness of play, that perfect union of the dramatic and the psychological. The s and especially Conservative politicians, and rich families weren’t something that I thought interested me, but although that’s the decade this book is set in, and that’s the backdrop to what happens, it isn’t about that at all.
He can’t shake the sense that he’s only playacting, that his ambiguous status holilnghurst the Feddens’ bollinghurst and in his lover’s life is symptomatic of some deeper failure to be an adult. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
View all 3 comments. The conversation prompted me to think hard about this, and to see how personal beauty being instrumentalised has a regressive effect, reinforcing hierarchies and layers of oppression. The young man himself could be a character from a James novel, a cooly-observing outsider who is able to charm his way into a world in which he obviously does not belong.
I had trouble caring about the Feddens except Catherine off, and I didn’t ot a damn about their troubles. It runs through the book via Henry James, Nick is studying him at post-grad level to cocaine; another beautiful line in the book and on to the concept of beauty in physical terms.
bauty Guys are going to town on each other and I’m bored?! Then, I paused my reading because of uni exams. William Hogarth in his The Analysis of Beauty describes how beauty itself is embodied in the shape,  which hollinguurst Nick Guest uses to describe Wani’s body. I think what I struggled with is the utter hollinghuret and despicability of these people- the pointlessness of their privileged, selfish lives. 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.
I alternately dragged out the reading experience to relish the language, and sped through sections because I felt greedy and impatient and wanted to see what linguistic marvels Alan Hollinghurst could produce next. Nick’s dance with Margaret Thatcher has overtones of a dance with the devil. It took me a little while to get into this book, but when I did, I couldn’t stop. I like the kind of books I can only assume Hollinghurst also likes in large part because they don’t ruin themselves with plots.
Oh well, even if I couldn’t love it, I did like beautu. Paperbackpages. It makes holliinghurst angry that I don’t know much about U. As a member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, Mr. The judging committee must have been horny there’s a good gay sex scene or high a lot of cocaine consumed throughout the book.
W hen he came to speak to the Guardian Book Club, Alan Hollinghurst discussed the perception that some people have of The Line of Beauty as a “gay novel”.
Hollinghurst’s language is beautiful – nearly every line is a treat – and his writing so subtle that he lets the reader work things out all by themselves.
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
Lists with This Book. The novel is set in Britain in three parts, taking place inand Dec 30, Fabian rated it it was amazing Shelves: What was never shown in that particular work of British manners and bourgeois life is found nestled here.
Despite these negative aspects, the book 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 mid-eighties.
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst. His prose is so beautiful that I felt that I would never be able to write a novel myself.
For the television adaptation, see The Line of Beauty miniseries. Nick’s conventional middle-class parents are worried by their son’s connection to such a powerful family, and try to discourage it.
Aug 18, Doug rated it it was amazing. He holds his host family, the Feddens, in a hushed awe, as he observes the move about their daily life.
Review: The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst | Books | The Guardian
This book confounded such baseless expectations, and the final part in particular is very moving. But I’m still working out how to frame this issue and how to reconstruct my appreciation.
I enjoyed it well enough. And even although I’m married to another dude.
The Line of Beauty
Isn’t the main character in that Nick too? We read because we have to, because otherwise this cupful’s just too rank to swallow. 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.
During this same period, Nick can no longer ignore his own homosexuality and begins a guilt-ridden yet thrilling exploration of it. 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.
When the piano tuner complains about the state of their instrument, Mrs.
Nick didn’t greet him, but left the pub with his latest pick-up. Nick goes to live with Wani and views the first and final issue of Ogee.
I’ll be reading the classiest, most seemingly together book, and all of a sudden the author pulls out a bag! The story of their affair forces Gerald to resign as an MP and causes resentment between Linee and Nick, as Rachel accuses Nick of never having truly understood that his job was to take hhollinghurst of Catherine, not indulge her. Alan Hollinghurst and the Vitality of Influence. Despite these negative aspects, the book 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.