The Line of Beauty

The Line of Beauty

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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20-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens. An innocent in matters of politics and money, he becomes caught up in the Feddins' world: its grand parties, its surprising alliances, its parade of monsters both comic and menacing. In an era of endless possibility, he finds himself able to pursue his own private obssession with beauty--a prize as compelling to him as power and riches are to his friends.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, [2010]
ISBN: 9781596918085
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Characteristics: 1 online resource (435 p.)


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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.

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.

Feb 01, 2012

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

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.

Jan 06, 2008

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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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Jul 30, 2010

MDRoy thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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