The Line of Beauty

The Line of Beauty

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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One can't get enough of Hollinghurst's sentences...If you value style, wit, and social satire in your reading, don't miss this elegant and passionate novel.-Washington Post Winner of 2004's Man Booker Prize for fiction and one of the most talked about books of the year, The Line of Beauty is a sweeping novel about class, sex, and money that brings Thatcher's London alive. Nick Guest has moved in with the Feddens, a family whose patriarch is a conservative member of parliament. An innocent in matters of politics and money, Nick becomes caught up in the Feddens' world of parties and excess, as well as in his own private pursuit of beauty. Framed by the two general elections that returned Margaret Thatcher to power, The Line of Beauty unfurls through four extraordinary years of change and tragedy.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2010
ISBN: 9781596918085
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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80jeann
Jul 03, 2016

This novel is totally deserving of the Booker prize though not for the faint of heart - not for the "gay fiction" label, but rather for its dense, rich and detailed narrative. Hollinghurst is a brilliant writer hands down. This is one of the best most engaging novels I have read in a long time. Hard going at times but the pay off is worth it.

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williamkricket
Nov 06, 2013

This is probably one of the best books I have ever read.

johnami Nov 27, 2012

It is unfortunate that this superior work will be categorized by many as a “gay novel” because it will reduce the number of readers who will enjoy the remarkable literary talent of the author, Alan Hollinghurst. Mr. Hollinghurst is a skilled writer with an excellent vocabulary, a joiner’s sense of syntax, and a writing style that is clear and readable.

I am also very much impressed by his ability to conceive a novel, to imagine the characters and their activities so accurately that the story falls in to place with total believability. His analysis and development of characters is always accurate and he creates dialog that is completely appropriate for the characters.

The Line of Beauty is about the people who inhabit its pages during a specific period of time. The only action is what they think and do. Yet this simple premise develops into a dynamic story thanks to the many skills of the author.

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toby65
Feb 01, 2012

No wonder this novel won the Booker in 2004! Fabulous, elegant, can't say enough about the style and content.

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Darrelln
May 31, 2011

Beautifully written and great insight into British high society and gay life

Bearrington May 30, 2011

A good story overall. However, I personally felt this book was roughly 100-200 pages too long. Without the filler I would have been VERY happy with this book.

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Cabby
Jan 06, 2008

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Darrelln
Aug 11, 2011

Great Book. Interesting insight into gay romance and high society.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Nick Guest's homosexuality and class status divide him from the problematic aristocratic Fedden Family who are heavily involved in politics.

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MDRoy
Jul 30, 2010

MDRoy thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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