The Swimming-Pool Library

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 21, 2011 - Fiction - 352 pages
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A literary sensation and bestseller both in England and America, The Swimming-Pool Library is an enthralling, darkly erotic novel of homosexuality before the scourge of AIDS; an elegy, possessed of chilling clarity, for ways of life that can no longer be lived with impunity. "Impeccably composed and meticulously particular in its observation of everything" (Harpers & Queen), it focuses on the friendship of two men: William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, an old Africa hand, searching for someone to write his biography and inherit his traditions.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

A book that describes what it was like to have lived in the pre-plague 70s and 80s, and even though the action occurs in London, it could also describe the same timeframe in San Francisco. Crazy, libidinous. Read full review

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User Review  - Cecilturtle - LibraryThing

I found this book a little disjointed. Given that it really is a slice of life, of a young man who leads a disjointed life, it's hardly surprising, but I found asking myself: where is this going ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Alan Hollinghurst is the author of the novels The Stranger's Child, The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star, The Spell, and The Line of Beauty, which won the Man Booker Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. 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. He lives in London.

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