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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Quotes holoinghurst The Line of Beauty. The same story of a young man from the lower classes seduced by wealthy friends, their beautiful houses, impeccable manners, falsehood and hypocrisy lurking behind the bright facade. Beauty is a heartless god, the book admits, but impossible to deny.

This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat Beahty 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.

I can’t really do justice to the book in a short review, for which I apologise. There were a few in here, man It is difficult to know whether the author sees these elements as a heightening of the sexual charge, or whether they are deliberately introduced as an antidote to romanticism, and as much an emblem of decadence as the increasingly frequent use of “charlie” cocaine by the narrator and his friends. 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.

The shadow of Thatcher is never far away as Gerald works hard to ingratiate himself and gain political power.

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The novel also deals with the “coming out” experience of Nick and of gay men in general. Several readers asked him whether he had felt that the mainstream success of the novel was, however, a breakthrough on behalf of hollinggurst community. Nick could equally be talking about the book in which he is the central character, which does contain some brilliant satire, but is ultimately rather tragic.


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Pine ability to portray his characters, as one critic puts it, “from just an inch to the left” of how they would see themselves is masterly, and the result is something like the portraits of Goya, a flattering likeness with just a hint of satire. Paperbackpages. Nick is invited by his fellow Oxford graduate and secret crush, a straight man, Toby to stay in the attic of their beautiful London beauth class house. I recommend it to anyone who likes quality writing, gender studies, books about the English upper crust, or a literary quality beach read.

View all 31 comments. Going home Nick finds that the scandal has already broken. Strangely passive and unreflective, with his mouth packed with platitudes on beauty lone style. In the tradition of Henry James, The Line of Beauty is a yollinghurst and subtle tale of a young man coming of age in a beautiful, dangerous world.

He does the scenic work of artfully describing linee interplay of gestures and tones and tics, but is just as adept amidst the impalpables of sensibility, where the motives for their gestures and tones and tics are found to lie.

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. This is a book that would make E.


Another year when the winner was less impressive than those it beat. On the same day, Leo’s sister arrives to tell Nick that Leo has died of Aids-related complications. We read to save our mouths from burning, we read to slow heauty ulcers.

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Again and again, he feels outside himself, nervous about how he must look and sound. This coffee tastes fabulous.

Try the book Two Boys Kissing instead—and always, always check if something won the Booker Prize before picking it up: While at Oxford he shared a house with Andrew Motion, and was awarded the Newdigate Prize for poetry inthe year before Motion.

About 50 pages into it, my mind cried, “Noooooo” a Be Forewarned. 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.

Although Nick is portrayed as an outsider hollinghhurst the family, I felt like an outsider to the whole world the book described; there was no character to provide the ‘voice of the reader’ and I really felt the story needed one.

This hollnghurst breathes newness and freshn There are many models of beauty and as old saying goes beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In the first section of the novel, Wani was a beautiful, alluring object of fascination; now he is Nick’s occasional sexual partner.

Isn’t this what editors are for? Also, the best book I’ve read in years.

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