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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Excellent in every respect. His two vividly contrasting love affairs, one with a young black clerk and one with a Lebanese millionaire, dramatize the dangers and rewards of his own private pursuit of beauty, a pursuit as compelling to Nick as the desire for power hollinghrust riches among his friends.

Review “Almost perfectly written.

He is presented as a talented boy from a middle-class background who has made some upper-crust friends while at Oxford, so becomes a kind of permanent guest in their lives after college. The Line of Beauty, by Alan Hollinghurst.

The Line of Beauty

These characters end the book no better, in most cases much worse, hollinghuret with no more insight, than when they entered. Don’t be put off by the novel of manners feel beeauty it, because this is subversive, and in its subversion is its emotional depth.

The homosexual acts are just too much for my taste. Invited to stay after the vacation as a useful dogsbody, he gets to be the hanger on of wealth, and dabbler in their society. He never once stood up for himself.

I like the kind of books I can only assume Hollinghurst also likes in large part because they don’t ruin hol,inghurst with plots. I hope this book lives up to its promising opening.

This story of Nick Guest Sometimes one has to admit that one’s preconceptions about a book are entirely wrong. Anyone who knows me has heard me ramble to death on the “You’ll be like us one day” attitude with which most Norwegians treat ex-patriates, which is the exact opposite of celebrating diversity, which is the entire point of employing ex-pats—but wait, no it isn’t, if they are in fact equal Also, the best book I’ve read in years.

A lot of sentences in here made me feel I should stop embarrassing myself and degrading the language by writing any more sentences of my own. I think what I struggled with is the utter depravity and despicability of these people- the pointlessness of their privileged, selfish lives.


There were sentences in here that made me cry.

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

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Return to Book Page. He recalls his final sighting of Leo, “three or four months ago” in a gay pub, when Nick noticed linr gaunt, skinny man with a greying beard and a hat who turned out to be his clearly ill former lover. Why the fuss, psycho? Sometimes one has to admit that one’s preconceptions about a book are entirely wrong. 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.

I’m thinking more now about dismantling the whiteness of beauty, the youthfulness and thinness of beauty, hol,inghurst of which are arbritrary and exist because they hollnighurst white holliinghurst capitalist patriarchy. I hated Libe the gay character the most.

It was all very Henry James and I mean that with the greatest respect. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. And Nick discovers there was never any love in these relationships, nor any beauty. I’ve had a some discussions with an artist who believes that beauty is a concept that should not be applied to people at all. The book refers frequently to the life and works of Henry James. But Cat discerned that herself.

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. Nick’s conventional middle-class hollinghutst are worried by their son’s connection to such a powerful family, and try to discourage it. Jul 16, Julie Christine rated it liked it Shelves: Despite having read most of the Booker winners I had been oddly reluctant to tackle this one, partly because I had heard about its graphic descriptions of gay sex and that is just not a subject that interests alzn.

He recalled how one tabloid headline greeted his Man Booker Prize by announcing, “Gay Sex Wins Prize” — “a rather different award” from the famous literary prize itself, the author reflected. Important and wonderful book. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The parents are wealthy conservatives who want to be perfectly clear that they have no objection to Nick’s orientation, particularly if it remains entirely theoretical.


Yes, I personally would have liked to finish it but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It may be because I have been reading this ,ine sporadically over the past year or more, but at the end of the story there were just too many characters and too much personal history to keep track of, and the story lost some of its effect because I couldn’t remember who people were or why something was significant.

And Waugh had been on to it. During this same period, Nick can no longer ignore his own homosexuality and begins a guilt-ridden yet thrilling exploration of it.

The Line of Beauty —is an elegant portrait of the rise and fall of a recent Oxford graduate playing at being privileged. Witty observations about politics, society, and family open like little revelations on every page. But has he learned his shallow quest was in vain? There are referenes, hollnighurst quite funny, all through the novel to the writer and to many of his novels. Hollinghurst is above all a humane and empathetic author, not a writer of British manners or a writer of gay literature.

Thanks a lot, Man Booker Prize committee!

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One person found this helpful. 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.

Nick’s sexuality is never divulged to the Feddens, while Leo lives with his devoutly religious West Indian mother. Read more Read less. That cramped self-consciousness complements his obsession with aesthetics, but it also makes him effete and in the end not a very effective friend to himself or those he loves.

View all 12 comments. To me, this is some of the most beautiful English prose in contemporary English literature.