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For one thing, while I must applaud Alan Hollingsworth’s discovery of the adverb “illusionlessly,” which truly is precious — even priceless — when used to describe a facial expression or tone of voice, I wish someone had told him he could only use it once.

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Yet his position in Fedden home is ambiguous at best. Quotes from The Line of Beauty. To me, this is some of the most beautiful English prose in hollinghurdt English literature.

Man Booker Prize recipient Gay literature Historical novel. Jul 11, Yulia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fedden gives Nick access to the highest level of British politics, and Mrs. Nick is besotted with beauty. View all 3 comments. It is a November evening and, filtered through Nick’s consciousness, we get fragments of circumstantial observation: Start reading The Line of Beauty: Alan Hollinghurst and the Vitality of Influence. The Line of Beauty is unlikely to be surpassed.

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Leo also hollinghursr Nick to Pete, his middle-aged former lover who runs an antiques shop, like Nick’s father, and who is sickly. I would argue he is likely a bit of both. One of the most striking scenes is when the housekeeper tells Nick she always suspected he was no good. Oxford educated and a quasi Don, he offers a tacit legitimacy in his otherwise middle class admiration that someone else wouldn’t be able to offer even perhaps get in the door.

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Insanely sexy and exquisitely old fashioned it has the clout of Henry James Beeautyhe went on an Asia book tour in Singapore. God these people are all so unlikeable and vicious. I’m embarrassed by this review.

They provide the frame, the alann, and their small bag of traits and attitudes are sufficiently well shuffled and deployed as to make convincing characters–but Hollinghurst didn’t really need to shift his focus back to them at the end.

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Several readers asked him whether he had felt that the mainstream success of the novel was, however, a breakthrough on behalf of a community. It did not ruin the book for me.

The gay Great Gatsby in Thacher’s England. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Absolutely rated it liked it Recommended to K. Trivia About The Line of Beauty.

Others will fret over the shocking sex scenes. I love being reminded that that’s not it at all.

Hollinghurst writes brilliantly about life among the movers and shakers of Margaret Thatcher’s London in the early s. Hollinghurst’s social wit gently reveals the absurdity in each one of his characters. London in the eighties. And, in some way, I still feel guilty.