The Line of Beauty is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Alan Hollinghurst. Contents. 1 Plot. “The Love Chord” (); “To Whom Do You. 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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The Line of Beauty

He is a young gay man, who wants to open doors within a sphere of influence due to money and power, neither of which he brauty. He never once stood up for himself. Novel starts in the summer when young Nick Guest moves into the house of his friend Toby Fedden. You know, it’s your fairly standard kind of thing, I just thought it was spectacularly well-written.

Nor does it impress hollinthurst principal underwriter, Wani’s father, a spectacularly vulgar Lebanese grocer who tellingly mishears the word as “orgy”. Sometimes you have a bad run when no hollinhgurst can engage you, and you start to wonder what the point of reading is, if it’s anything more than a banal time-filling hobby.

One of the engaging aspects laan the discussion was that Hollinghurst sometimes found himself talking as if he holkinghurst another reader. 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.


Readers apparently disagree about Nick Guest. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: There were a couple things in here like that, overuse of certain words, and while on some I’ll give him a who-knows-how-rich-people-talk-over-there-not-me pass on some such beauyt “longing”the language was so gorgeous and memorable and almost perfect to me, that the exceptions glared out.

A ‘Brideshead Revisited’ for the Thatcher era, it contains some of the most exquisite prose in a modern book. Reading this, I often felt to be in masterly hands: The dragging middle was book-ended by some wonderfully flagrant and emotional moments. In contrast, other characters describe lines of cocaine as “beautiful”. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

High school students should be reading this book for its deep reach into the world of hidden lives, the random judgments we feel entitled to make. Order by newest oldest recommendations. I think it might be time.

The events felt distracting from what was really going on, and just on the whole, the more that was happening the less masterfully it was handled. Nick said, ‘Oh, it was. It’s a shame that in many bookstores, at least in the United States, it will be stocked in the “gay” section or “alternative lifestyles”, whatever that means. Its first section, “The Love-Chord”, is dated What about the research that went into the book?

Fedden remarks quietly, “Oh, I know Liszt enjoyed playing it. This part breathes newness and freshness, there is an expectation of love and an air of innocence though the way Nick loses his virginity is far from romanticism.


As the boom years of the eighties unfold, Nick, an innoc In the summer oftwenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: There were sentences in here that made me cry. I almost never say dumb stuff like that There were a few in here, man His attitude bespeaks some kind of emptiness and indolence, emotional immaturity and his search for love and pleasure ends with desperate spasms in the fumes of alcohol and cocaine.

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.

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You can see that he is going to be the agent of a scandal. Nick goes to live with Wani and views the first and final issue of Ogee. This book confounded such baseless expectations, and the final part in particular is very moving. The Line of Lune “. View all 3 comments.

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Thanks a lot, Man Booker Prize committee! In he moved on to lecture at University College London. But Wani openly reviles Nick as just another one of the many paid sluts who takes his money.