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 dragging middle was book-ended by some wonderfully flagrant and emotional moments. Nick’s calves and thighs ache with “guilty vigour”.

The Line of Beauty

Nick dates Leo Charles, a black man from Willesden in his late 20s, whom he meets through a lonely hearts column. Novel starts in the summer when young Nick Guest moves into the house of his friend Toby Fedden.

The Sense of ohllinghurst Ending. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The third and last part of the novel opens on the day of the general election.

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But if so, it attracted the perfect target audience. It is neither pretentious nor self-serving. So most people don’t do it, or will only pretend to do so. hollinggurst

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Nick is attracted to physical beauty in art and in men.

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Having been more than a little disappointed in the most recent Booker Prize recipients, it is nice to read something truly worthy of that honor. Nick’s job is something of a pose. This is the strength of the novel.

One of the engaging aspects of the discussion was that Hollinghurst sometimes found himself talking as if he were another reader. I think that happened here, somewhat.

This was a thought-provoking, haunting read that has stayed with me quite lucidly since I finished it. Jul 11, Yulia rated it it was amazing Bewuty In the book, which goes a bit more darkly into Nick’s insincerities and obsequiousness, Nick believes he will become positive as well. Nick is doing graduate studies on the style of James.


The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

When he tells her he stays with Wani because he finds him so physically beautiful — she tells him that people shouldn’t be loved because they are beauyt. At times I felt the symbolism suggested by the title became a bit strained and occasionally I had the sense that Hollinghurst was overindulging in his ornate style.

Amazon Hpllinghurst Fun stories for kids on the go. 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.

Naturally, the book ends with another. Nick was a hanger on, a sycophant, a leech, because he thirsted after what he saw as a beautiful lifestyle. He probably will, and maybe this time he’ll deserve it. It was one of two books I brought on my 20 hour flight to Holliinghurst, where I was planning on enjoying, at long last, some time to myself to read. 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 You don’t want us at your regular-people bars, won’t let us sleep in the same bed in our homes without feeling guilty about it, and won’t even admit it, because you’ve evolved at least enough to know that’s terrible, but not enough to do anything about it.

Gerald was oine down by a financial scandal, then by a petty affair with his secretary. And Nick discovers there was never any hoolinghurst in these relationships, nor any beauty. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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. Ironically, despite all its graphic sex, a Puritanical piety seems to animate the novel.


It dealt with one holinghurst my favourite themes — homosexuality — in an honest and welcoming manner with minimum nostalgia. Edinburgh international book festival Edinburgh festival Edinburgh festival hollibghurst.

Also, the best book I’ve read in years. But has he learned his shallow quest was in vain? Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

It is a bittersweet feeling, but I am quite happy with my decision and I feel absolutely relieved. And, in some way, I still feel guilty.

This element of the novel provides a solemn filter for the rather frivolous happenings of the Feddens, and as we move closer to the climax, the juxtaposition of the privileged life and the bias towards the gay community, the narration takes on a more serious tone.

It’s also one of several outstanding social set-pieces within the book, when, having teased the reader 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”. In contrast, other characters describe lines of cocaine as “beautiful”.

View all 12 comments. It was difficult to engage with any of the characters, apart from Leo; but it does capture a place and time. Asked by a psychotherapist in our audience whether he had studied psychology, Hollinghurst told us that he had read Kay Jamison’s book about the experience of manic depression, and that this had perhaps helped with his creation of Catherine Fedden.

Apr 12, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Toby is the predictable Hetero Golden Boy Athlete, dull and style-less and unconscious of his allure, but Catherine is worse–Hollinghurst is lazy, or seems to be at a loss, and just opts to make her a typical Hysterical Female, a manic-depressive Poor Little Rich Girl who does drugs, makes impertinent comments at the dinner table, and dates roguish unsuitables to shock her parents.