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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Despite the fact that the Feddens host private recitals in the drawing room and keep a Guardi above the mantelpiece, they are fundamentally philistines, for whom art is a means of social advancement.
A few weeks later I dread re-opening the book. His attitude bespeaks some kind of emptiness and indolence, emotional immaturity and his search for love hollnghurst pleasure ends with desperate spasms in the fumes of alcohol and cocaine. His reputation has, so far, eclipsed his output — at least for me.
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America’s National Book Award went to an equally explicit gay book way back inhhollinghurst autobiography called “Becoming a Man. The story ends in ambiguity. I beauth that happened here, somewhat. Although the book takes time to explore Hollinghurst’s principal obsessions with Eros and aesthetics, its main theme is the climate of giddy success among well-to-do Tories between the electoral victories of and But all in all a fascinating return to the gay sexual revolution of the early 80s, the advent of AIDS, the cocaine-sniffing greed of the Thatcher era and the beginning of the end of a political career.
At an election viewing party with Catherine, who has had lime personality devastated by her medication, Nick watches as his former friend Polly is elected an MP at 28 and Gerald reclaims his seat. About 50 pages into it, my mind cried, “Noooooo” a Be Forewarned. It’s a book that anyone interested in writing or reading like a writer should read to learn about a beautiful line, the clear and expansive point of view of a close narrator.
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This story of Nick Guest, a young man whose position as a lodger in the house of a Tory MP in Kensington puts him at the periphery of various powerful circles at the height of the Thatcher government in the 80s, works on many different levels.
Archived from the original on 17 July He does the scenic work of artfully describing characters’ 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.
Nick, however, is ready to move beyond that, and the first section of the novel details his first date, an assignation with a black man he meets for sex through a personal ad. For Nick this is male beauty. Sep 06, Brad rated it liked it Shelves: My main impression while reading was an image of Alan Hollinghurst encountering The English Language one night on a stroll through the park.
This novel obviously is a tribute to Henry James. I should and have to do what it feels right to do for myself at the moment. Nick basically is a respectable looking, safe, but hidden sexual companion, no more acknowledged than the anonymous rent boys.
Line for line, Hollinghurst’s novel about London during the s is the most exquisitely written book I’ve read in years. It may be because I have been reading this book sporadically over the past year or more, but at the end of the story there were just too many characters and too much personal history to keep track of, and the story lost some of its effect because I couldn’t remember who people were or why something was significant. Witty observations about politics, society, and family open like little revelations on every page.
Nick Guest is not all lovable figure.
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My one quibble is with the plotting, and with the various burdens of plot-advancement each character must bear. Beneath a veneer of social conservatism, drugs and other illicit activities flourish. It’s also one of several outstanding social set-pieces within the book, when, having beauy the wlan with various hints and glimpses, Hollinghurst finally ushers her on in a lavishly embroidered jacket, which prompts Gerald’s rebellious daughter to waspishly remark that “she looks like a country and western singer”.
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.
My brother said it’d been done before, the story of a scholarship student in a world he doesn’t belong in. When the story picks up again inNick is still living with his host family, but he’s moved on from his first lover to a Lebanese millionaire who’s engaged to be married.
The shadow of Hollinghursh is never far hollinghurts as Gerald works hard to ingratiate himself and gain political power. 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. But worst of all, I never really liked Nick.
Gerald flies in a fury at Nick because he thinks that Nick told his daughter about Gerald’s affair with his secretary, that Nick had secret knowledge of.