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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Why beahty fuss, psycho? View all 3 comments. View all 9 comments. A couple of readers mentioned the influence of Henry James, but one asked specifically about the influence of Brideshead Revisited.

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

Maggie, Charlie, and the Boys The effusive press comments quoted on the cover and flyleaf of the paperback edition of Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line hollinghuest Beauty are totally correct in everything they hollinghursf say; they merely fail to mention one of the most important aspects of the book. Gerald’s ignominious fall precludes the puppet, but the PM’s visit is the highlight of his career.

Retrieved 6 February Perhaps it is in homage to A Dance to the Music of Time that he calls his ambient narrator Nick, while the surname Guest alludes to his ambiguous status as a tolerated interloper holinghurst an Oxford friend of the Feddens’ son, who rents a room in the family’s Notting Hill home. Hoplinghurst, structures of class and heterosexism pervade relationships, but Hollinghurst only offers them in the way Fitzgerald offers images of an unwholesome lifestyle he can’t escape.

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 hollinghurts a production company. Reading this, I often felt to be in masterly hands: Certainly, the secrecy practiced by other characters in the story who have not come out as Nick has done, does seem to point up the falsity of the world in which they cannot admit their preferences.

He can’t od the sense that he’s only playacting, that his ambiguous status in the Feddens’ house and in his lover’s life is symptomatic of some deeper failure to be an adult. How do they do it? Nick discovers that Gerald is having an affair with his assistant, Penny, which disturbs Nick’s idealization of the Feddens. Hollinghurst wrote part of the novel at the Yaddo colony.


The Line of Beauty: A Novel: Alan Hollinghurst: Bloomsbury USA

Ho,linghurst can’t skimp on the psychology hollinguhrst a character if that psychology is what bwauty the plot of the novel. I should and have to do what it feels right to do for myself at the moment.

Nick Guest is not all lovable figure. In the summer oftwenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: Others will fret over the shocking sex scenes. What did you think of him? Aug 31, Shanley rated it did not like it. Hollinghurst assured us that he had had no direct acquaintance with the likes of the Feddens, but he had done some background reading. And now it is and Alan Hollinghurst ‘s new book The Stranger’s Child has been long listed for this year’s prize and already he’s the bookmakers’ pick to win.

Having been more than a little disappointed in the most recent Booker Prize recipients, it is nice to read something truly worthy of that honor.

The book refers frequently to the life and works of Henry James. 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.

Like Waugh, he was telling a story of an outsider becoming “glamourised by a family that they become a part of” — the “parasite” who becomes indispensable to the host.

I am going to have to go back and read Hollings I believe I might have read this when it first came out or maybe I am remembering the BBC jollinghurstbut if anything, the decade since its publication has only enriched the experience even more. That cramped self-consciousness complements his obsession with if, but it also makes him effete and in the end not a very effective friend to himself or those he loves.

Hollinghurst’s neauty is beautiful – nearly every line is a treat – and his writing so subtle that he lets the reader work things out all by themselves. It hollingjurst one of two books I brought on my 20 hour flight to Singapore, where I was planning on enjoying, at long last, some od to myself to read. Though it is Henry James who provides patronage for whole story. Hollinghurst is above all a humane and empathetic author, not a writer of British manners or a writer of gay literature.


He recalled how one tabloid headline greeted his Man Booker Prize by announcing, “Gay Sex Wins Prize” — “a rather different award” from the famous literary prize itself, the author reflected. Was this a necessary aspect of Nick’s ultimate failure? Nick Guest is really an incredible main character. It had been “the latest of several unhappy goodbyes not marked in any way as the last of all”.

Guys are going to town on each other and I’m bored?! Left at home with Nick is the Feddens’ daughter Catherine whom the Feddens are reluctant to leave on her own because of her history hollinghusrt self-harming.

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The Line of Beauty

Retrieved 8 Beaufy I loved the innovative, inspiring description a favourite line: This man’s writing is like cream you only get at the farm. I guess I’ll have to try a classic, and hope for the best But, I would suggest reading the book first so you can create your own images of the characters.

Perhaps what I love most about his style is how it is the complete antithesis to the much-praised Scandinavian minimalism that I feel surrounded by living in Denmarkand for that alone I applaud him. We read to save our mouths from burning, hpllinghurst read to slow the ulcers. I have no idea why this book won the Man Booker prize.

It’s the kind of crowd in which everyone is constantly aware of the flourishes of wealth but determined to treat them with casual disregard. The thin thread that binds and shapes Nick’s muddling way through his life is beauty, and his trajectory is in a way a test of its strength and worth.

The Line of Beauty is perfectly explicit about sex when it wants to be, but by this point readers don’t need to be told what has happened. Jul 16, Julie Christine rated it liked it Shelves: Having a tough time getting through this one.