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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But anyone who reads “The Line of Beauty” will come face to face with one of the most brilliant stylists and perceptive novelists writing today. My brother said it’d been done before, the story of a scholarship student in a world he doesn’t belong in. But if so, it attracted the linf target audience.

It is emblematic of the genuine aesthetic understanding that is Nick’s most appealing quality for this particular reader; the passages talking about art, literature, and music are perceptive and beautifully written.

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

Guys are going to town on each other and I’m bored?! What was never shown in that particular work of British manners and bourgeois life is found nestled here. As AIDS ravages the gay community and scandal rocks the Fedden household, Nick finds himself as abandoned as he ever feared, and the compensation of beauty seems heartbreakingly tragic.

He spends most of his time with Wani Ouradi, one of bwauty Oxford contemporaries, the son of a rich Lebanese businessman.

It runs through the book via Henry James, Nick is studying him at post-grad level to cocaine; another beautiful line in the book and on to the concept of beauty in physical terms.

There were a few in here, man Despite these negative aspects, the book provided an insightful view on the politics of the Thatcher-years, and more importantly for me personally it brought back the ‘beginning’ of AIDS in the early and I find it difficult to rate lone review this book. I think it might be time.

The gay Great Gatsby in Thacher’s England. Aug 19, Claire Fuller rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oh, but I only complain because otherwise I’d melt! I had discussed the gaps that Hollinghurst leaves in his narrative, and the puzzles and pleasures that this creates for the reader.

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

Now he is a practised operator, able to fit a tryst into an unexpected gap in his day. But for some reason everything I pick up lately’s been unsatisfying, like skim milk or soy. There are aspects I thoroughly enjoyed the themes, the writing, the wit and others that I disliked equally strongly: 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.


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. Unfortunately, the illicit glamour of these scenes wears off as quickly as the drug itself, to the point where the incessant snorting takes over from the sex as the most mechanically repetitive element of Hollinghurst’s writing.

While at Oxford he shared a house with Andrew Motion, and was awarded the Newdigate Prize for poetry inthe year before Motion.

It might take the edge off, but not nicely, and with some of this stuff I think I might be better off drinking the coffee black. The gay hero, Nick Guest, is on his way to a blind date but is waylaid by his land-lady’s daughter, a highly strung neurotic with a history of self-harm.

There was, for me, hollowness at the centre. Although Nick is portrayed as an outsider to the family, I felt like an outsider to the whole world the book described; there was no character to provide the ‘voice of the reader’ and Hollinghuret really felt the story needed one.

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.

I almost never say dumb stuff beautyy that Thatcher will bless them with an appearance. Nick, and his lovers Leo and Wani are so much more complex creations, and so much more important to the book, that it didn’t bother me that Catherine was so banal and badly done–just as long as she was irrelevant.

Hollijghurst is the summer of and we are at the men’s pond on Hampstead Heath, where Nick and his friend Wani are picking up Ronnie for a drug-fuelled encounter. Reading this gave linw the first faint interest in rereading Hollinghurdt for the first time since high school, because I feel like there’s a joke there and I want to get it. The book explores the tension between Nick’s linee relationship with the Fedden family, in whose parties and holidays he participates, and the realities of his ,ine and gay life, which the Feddens accept only to the extent of never mentioning it.


I enjoyed this enormously. Order by newest oldest recommendations. It is difficult to know whether the author sees these elements as a heightening of the sexual charge, or whether they are deliberately introduced as an antidote to romanticism, and as much an emblem of decadence as the increasingly frequent use of “charlie” cocaine by the narrator and his friends.

And when I thought of reading more of this novel, I got really excited.

So most people don’t do it, or will only pretend to do so. Apr 29, Roger Brunyate rated it really liked it Shelves: That cramped self-consciousness complements his obsession with aesthetics, but holilnghurst also makes him effete and in the end not a very effective friend to himself or those he loves. Although lkne book takes time to explore Hollinghurst’s principal obsessions with Eros and aesthetics, its main theme is the climate of giddy success among well-to-do Tories between the electoral victories of and This someone is gaunt, very ill, and dying of an AIDS related illness.

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Especially the main character felt rather anemic to me, pathetic even, in his strange insistence on politeness without integrity, which of course sets off the shallowness of some of the other characters but still had the effect that there was no one to root for. Despite the fact that the Feddens host private recitals in the drawing room and keep a Guardi above the mantelpiece, they are fundamentally philistines, for whom art is a means of social advancement.

Nick discovers that Gerald is having an affair with his assistant, Penny, which disturbs Nick’s idealization of the Feddens. At an election viewing party with Catherine, who has had her personality devastated by her medication, Nick watches as his former friend Polly is elected an MP at 28 and Gerald reclaims his seat.

Nick dates Leo Charles, a black man from Willesden in his late 20s, whom he meets through a lonely hearts column. Beneath a veneer of social conservatism, drugs and other illicit activities flourish.