Winner of the Man Booker Prize and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the NBCC award. From Alan Hollinghurst, the acclaimed author of The. 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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May 06, Kimberly rated it it was ok.

I lo Hollinghuret Line of Beauty —is an elegant portrait of the rise and fall of a recent Oxford graduate playing at being privileged. It was difficult to engage with any of the characters, apart from Leo; but it does capture a place and time.

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Like, the scenes pretend to be matter-of-fact and part of the text, but I bet the ones who enjoyed reading them the most were like, ‘Look at the funny little men going at it. But Wani is something of a dilettante, more interested in cocaine, porn and sex. Nick’s dance with Margaret Thatcher has overtones of jollinghurst dance with the devil. I hope this book lives up to its promising opening. I like the kind of books I can only assume Hollinghurst also likes in large part because they don’t ruin themselves with plots.

There are some thw set-pieces: I spent much of the time wishing I was rereading Brideshead Revisited — another book, oddly enough, that I find only better than average there is much better Waugh to read — and wondering who the BBC was going to cast when they got around lihe making the book which they did, as I knew they would. View all 12 comments.

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

I’m thinking more now about dismantling the whiteness of beauty, the youthfulness and thinness of beauty, all of which are arbritrary and exist because they serve white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.


As the book goes on, there is increasing emphasis on art objects in a mannerist or rococo phase, seen surely as symbols of decadence, where art is “just make-believe for rich people,” as one of the characters says. It is largely composed of scenes and situations, a satire of rich people and politicians as experienced by the protagonist Nick Guest, who indeed feels like a guest in the privileged lives he witnesses but never quite belongs to.

A year and a few pages later, he is on the brink of political disgrace. Aug lime, Claire Fuller rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gay literature Historical novel. Hollinghurst is above all a humane and empathetic author, not a writer of British manners or a writer of gay literature.

That the Booker committee awarded him their prize makes me forgive them for every lihe mistake they’ve made in the years since. Take the example of Nick as a gay man not being honest with his parents, whom he isn’t very kind to: View all 36 comments.

And for once, the wider political context is embraced rather than ignored – not only is Mrs Thatcher a pervasive influence throughout, she even puts in a personal appearance. Best of all is his subtle but uncompromising social satire: His 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.

The Line of Beauty

As a member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, Mr. There are aspects I thoroughly enjoyed the themes, the writing, the wit and others that I disliked hollinghursy strongly: These are minor quibbles, however, about a book I was often reluctant to put down.

Nick has a vague sense that this isn’t a satisfying way to live, but he’s mesmerized by the glare of so much money and sensualism and terrified by the prospect of loneliness. There’s convenience, and a bit of regard, but hollinghkrst real tie.


I looked forward to commutes, took the local train instead of the express; Beaugy waited for buses and elevators when I normally would’ve walked, and beuaty up early at dinner dates so I’d have time first to read. She realizes that Nick is having an affair with Wani when the two of them spend time at the Feddens French country home and urges him to be careful after her godfather dies of AIDS. The Line of Laan is actually the first book I don’t finish. In the film, the impression is left that he has been lucky in that, even as he still searches, clueless, for beauty.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: While at Oxford he shared a house with Andrew Motion, and was awarded the Newdigate Prize for poetry inthe year before Motion.

Many of the significant characters in the novel are Nick’s male contemporaries from Oxford. And, in some way, I still feel guilty. 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.

Leo also introduces Nick to Pete, his middle-aged former lover who runs an antiques shop, like Nick’s father, and who is sickly. So it is hardly a positive story. In contrast, other characters describe lines of cocaine as “beautiful”. His novels explore the interconnectedness alaj conflicts between art and society, love, sexuality, and desire.

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