The Line of Beauty: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 17, 2008 - Fiction - 448 pages
77 Reviews
"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.
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And chosen as one of the best books of 2004 by: Entertainment Weekly The Washington Post The San Francisco Chronicle The Seattle Times Newsday Salon.com The Boston Globe The New York Sun The Miami Herald The Dallas Morning News San Jose Mercury News Publishers Weekly
"A magnificent comedy of manners. Hollinghurst's alertness to the tiniest social and tonal shifts never slackens, and positively luxuriates in a number of unimprovably droll set pieces...[an] outstanding novel." New York Times Book Review
"Hollinghurst has placed his gay protagonist within a larger social context, and the result is his most tender and powerful novel to date, a sprawling and haunting elegy to the 1980s. A" Entertainment Weekly
"Mr. Hollinghurst's great gift as a novelist is for social satire as sharp and tra
  

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User Review  - PilgrimJess - LibraryThing

Like others I was drawn to this book because it was a Man Booker Prize winner as well as being on the '1001 books before you die' list and quite frankly like most of the books on both lists this was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elainedav - LibraryThing

If I'm honest I struggled with this novel. On the one hand it is a gentle story of the post Oxford life of the main character, Nick Guest. On the other hand, it deals with serious issues of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
19
Section 3
41
Section 4
85
Section 5
105
Section 6
133
Section 7
159
Section 8
175
Section 10
255
Section 11
274
Section 12
290
Section 13
297
Section 14
309
Section 15
403
Section 16
440
Copyright

Section 9
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About the author (2008)

Alan Hollinghurst is the author of The Swimming-Pool Library and The Spell. He has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. His most recent novel, The Line of Beauty, won the Man Booker Prize for fiction and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in London.

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