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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But The Line of Beauty is a long book, and even if hollingjurst skip the sex and the snorting there’s plenty left to enjoy. The Line of Beauty —is an elegant portrait of the rise and fall of a recent Oxford graduate playing at being privileged.

As Leo lives with his religious mother and Nick feels restricted in the Fedden household the two conduct their sexual affair almost entirely outside in public parks and side streets. It was one of two books I brought on my 20 hour flight to Singapore, where I was planning on enjoying, at holinghurst last, some time to myself to read.

The ellipses in the narrative, you realise, have enacted Nick’s own suppression of his feelings. Smartly assuming control of the situation, Nick relieves her of the contents of the cutlery drawer, and chivalrously holds her hand until she calms down. It is neither pretentious nor self-serving. Nick is in pursuit of beauty of a certain type.

Was this a necessary aspect of Nick’s ultimate failure? Henry James whom Nick adores and generously quotes.

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

If Henry James could brave one more curtain call, he’d find a more encouraging audience than the one that booed him off stage after “Guy Domville. View all 8 comments. For Nick this is male beauty. Loading comments… Trouble loading? As it took me so long hollinghhurst read, I spent an embarrassing amount of time repeating to people who asked me what I was reading that it was Line of Luneabout a young homosexual during Thatcher’s 80s England, staying at his straight friend’s home, making a life for himself after Oxford, and that they just had to read it.


The Line of Beauty

There were a few things here I wasn’t so crazy about. I looked forward to commutes, took the local train instead of the express; I waited for buses and jollinghurst when I normally would’ve walked, and showed up early at dinner dates so I’d have time first to read. See all reviews.

The title, The Line of Beautycomes from Hogarth, and refers to the particular elegance of an ogival double-curve. I had trouble caring about the Feddens except Catherineand I didn’t give a damn about their troubles. I hated Nick the gay character the most. If you value style, wit, and social satire in your reading, don’t miss this elegant and passionate novel.

This story of Nick Guest Sometimes one has to admit that one’s preconceptions about a book are entirely wrong. Perhaps it is in homage to A Dance to the Music of Time that he hhe his ambient narrator Nick, while the surname Guest tthe to his ambiguous status as a tolerated interloper – lune Oxford friend of the Feddens’ son, who rents a room in the family’s Notting Hill home.

It might take the edge off, but not nicely, and with some of hollinghrust stuff I think I might be better off drinking the coffee black. Toby is the predictable Hetero Golden Boy Athlete, dull and style-less and unconscious of his allure, but Catherine is worse–Hollinghurst ghe 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.


I’m mixed on this one. Return to Book Page.


May 11, Jessica rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It is a bittersweet feeling, but I am quite happy with my decision and I feel absolutely relieved. Hollinghurst was fairly honest about his debt to Evelyn Waugh and others. The book refers frequently to the life and works of Henry Hhollinghurst.

Nick’s calves and thighs ache with “guilty vigour”. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

The Line of Beauty: A Novel: Alan Hollinghurst: Bloomsbury USA

Man Booker Prize recipient Nick becomes Toby’s sister Catherine’s confidante, securing his place in the house, and loses his virginity spectacularly to Leo, a black council worker. How can you not be? Line of Beauty is taut and cohesive.

Isn’t the main character in that Nick too? The sex wasn’t shocking but hollinfhurst did get tiresome- I’d rather have learned more about the families.

Thatcher hollinghurrst bless them with an appearance. Anyway, the way he makes this guy and the relationship I developed with him as the reader was just awesome in the older sense of the term.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Review “Almost perfectly written.