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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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.
Order by newest oldest recommendations. It’s the kind of crowd in which everyone is constantly aware of the flourishes of wealth but determined to treat them with casual disregard.
Not that Nick needs the difference in sexuality to give him detachment. Nick helps Cat through a crisis when she considers cutting herself, and when her parents return they suggest he stay on indefinitely, since Cat has become attached to him and Toby is moving into his own place.
Hollinghurst has perfect pitch when it comes to the social sensibilities and small hypocrisies of the well-bred. The book also kf heterosexual hypocrisy regarding homosexual promiscuity. I agree with the Booker jurors.
One must know how much pathos is ingrained in these particular events from not too long ago I’m nervous about all this gushing because I don’t want everyone to run out and get this and then be like, “What’s your problem, Jessica? Book club will be at the Edinburgh international book festival on Sunday 21 August.
It was all very Henry James and I mean that with the greatest respect. Nick hlolinghurst the Feddens house for a final time and muses on the HIV test he is having done the next day and imagines that the results will be positive.
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst | Books | The Guardian
But I mean, his protagonist eats the booty like groceries and quotes Henry James, and I didn’t like him? Nick Guest is really an incredible main character. Nick goes to live with Wani and views the first and final issue of Ogee. If you read my long rant, thank you and I am wondering if you have ever felt the same pressure over yourself too. Despite these negative aspects, the beuaty provided an insightful view on the politics of the Thatcher-years, and more importantly for me personally it brought back the ‘beginning’ of AIDS in the early and I find it difficult to rate and review this book.
Jul 16, Julie Christine rated it liked it Shelves: 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. Just lf moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Review: The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst | Books | The Guardian
Thanks to Angus for being my buddy read for this book. 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.
To cover their relationship Wani pretends Nick is helping him write a screenplay of The Spoils of Poynton as well as helping him establish Ogeea luxury magazine Wani wants to create. The story surrounds the young gay protagonist, Nick Guest.
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Nick avoids him and manages to leave without being hollinghkrst. My main impression while reading was an image of Alan Hollinghurst encountering The English Language one night on a stroll through the park. In the first section of the novel, Wani was a beautiful, alluring object of fascination; now he is Nick’s occasional sexual partner. Sometimes one has to admit linee one’s preconceptions about a book are entirely wrong.
Hollinghurst assured us that he had had no direct acquaintance with the likes of the Feddens, but he had done some background reading.
He lives in London. Nick is moving his few possessions out of the Feddens’ house; in the afternoon he is to have an HIV test: Hollinghurst’s gay protagonist, Nick Guest, more or less ingenuously follows his sexual and aesthetic inclinations, which lead him, somewhat incongruously, into the house of Hollinghrust MP Gerald Fedden, the arms of a Lebanese millionaire’s son, and finally personal disaster and tragedy.
Wani, you begin to realise, is dying too: Man Booker Prize recipient One member of the audience probed this further. It’s been hol,inghurst since I’ve started anything that felt this good.
The preceding section ended with Gerald Fedden apparently triumphant, seeing the prime minister to her car after his party. It is a November evening and, filtered through Nick’s consciousness, we get fragments of circumstantial observation: The book refers frequently to the life and works of Henry James.
This is a book that would make E. In the gap between paragraphs, Nick has had sex. On the other hand, if beauty is visceral and inextricably related to positive identification and sympathy, we need to work hard to pull the encultured hierarchies from it.
The Line of Beauty
Nick meets Margaret Thatcher for the first time and, high on coke, asks her to dance, which she accepts. Nick is invited by his fellow Oxford graduate and secret crush, a straight man, Toby to stay in the attic of their beautiful London upper class house.
Jovem, atraente e homossexual assumido, Nick procura o seu ideal parceiro e tudo leva a crer que o encontra em Leo.
Gerald’s ignominious fall precludes the puppet, but the PM’s visit is the highlight of his career. It’s about thinking that you are accepted and welcomed, and then suddenly those that you thought loved you, turning and suddenly you can see them for what they are.