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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In contrast, other characters describe lines of cocaine as “beautiful”. There are holllinghurst models of beauty and as old saying goes beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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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. The only reason McEwan’s more famous must be because his TMI sex scenes tend not to be gay, and a lot of people really are inexplicably freaked out by gay male sex.

Dec 30, Fabian rated it it was amazing Shelves: I would argue he is likely a bit of both.

What did you think of him? For different and subjective reasons, obviously. As the election results come in, Nick recalls a scene that took place in one of the narrative’s gaps, a “bleak little image of a parting on Oxford Street”.

Nick, however, is ready to move beyond that, and lnie first section of the novel details his first date, an assignation with a black man he lone for sex through a personal ad.

The Line of Beauty

How can you not be? Against the glamour and the wealth is a political backdrop of the conservatives in power.


But if so, it attracted the perfect target audience. Hollinghurst has superb senses for texture, heft, sound, movement. Their relationship is pursued in public places: It had been “the latest of several unhappy goodbyes not marked in any way as the last of lien. Don’t make them uncomfortable. I guess I could’ve done without all the drugs — why do drugs follow me everywhere I go? He has to observe things on the novelist’s behalf, “so I’m quite invested in him”.

Though at times he may affect a certain superiority, it is clear that Nick has been seduced by his proximity to the intersecting worlds of wealth and politics.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A party is thrown for Rachel and Gerald’s 25th wedding anniversary.

And do not finish this book this time, maybe it’ll be for another time. His words make made me breathless even if his milieu is something that I am not very familiar with: The Line of Beauty is a novel of eventful gatherings rather than propulsive action, and in these situations Hollinghurst proves to be one of the sharpest observers of privileged social groupings since Anthony Powell.

They’re almost like people! It did not ruin the book for me.

I should and have kf do what it feels right to do for myself at the moment. Excellent in every respect. Hollinghurst has the uncanny ability to turn even base, human emotions into beautiful, lyrical prose which time and again made me stop and wonder at his incredible skill. Like, the scenes pretend to be matter-of-fact and part of the holllnghurst, but I bet the ones who enjoyed reading them the most were like, jollinghurst at the funny little men going at it.


But The Line of Beauty is a long book, and even if you skip the sex and the snorting there’s plenty left to enjoy. However, I don’t think that is the best approach to reading. At the end of pine section, with the house to himself for the first time, Nick has Leo to stay for the night. And “of course I read Alan Clark’s Diaries”, from which seemed to come his novel’s sense of the “sexualized infatuation” felt by men in Mrs Thatcher’s circle.

But this isn’t just about a middle-class boy in the rarefied world of Oxford, a servant among lords, a homosexual in a “straight” family, a liberal among conservatives, or young adults finding the harshness of reality after the college cocoon. Maybe McEwan should stop writing sentences too!

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

As a member of Margaret Kine cabinet, Mr. Sep 03, Agnieszka rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hollinghurst has received praise for his portrayal of life among the privileged governing classes during the early to middle s. It may be because I have been reading this book sporadically over the past year or more, but at the end of t Beajty finished How do they do it? It touches on public and private selves, love, beauty, all rather grandiose themes, in a startlingly humorous and down-to-earth manner.

About 50 pages into it, hkllinghurst mind cried, “Noooooo” and I was resigned to watching the full catalog of international TV comedies Hum Paanch, anyone?

I could drink it all day.

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