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The Line of Beauty
The Line of Beauty
Author: Alan Hollinghurst
In the summer of 1983, twenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: conservative Member of Parliament Gerald, his wealthy wife Rachel, and their two children, Toby -- whom Nick had idolized at Oxford -- and Catherine, highly critical of her family's assumptions and ambitions. — As the boom years...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781582346106
ISBN-10: 1582346100
Publication Date: 10/17/2005
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

3 stars, based on 43 ratings
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
Stunningly skilled, lucid, writing. Hollinghurst takes us deep within a decade, a moment, a conversation. He takes us wherever he wants, in fact. One of the best books I've read recently.
reviewed The Line of Beauty on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Great, sad, bitter, lovely. If you like studies of interactions between rich and middle class, or studies of gay life in 80s london (no holds barred), you will like it.
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Helpful Score: 2
A hard read - taking me a while to wade through it. Really my life may be too short to finish it
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Helpful Score: 1
Big long sad book about poncey British upper crust family and their engaging sycophantic slightly parasitic roomer, aptly named Nick Guest. Narrator Nick befriended son Toby at Oxford, and is invited to come for an extended stay while at the same time being taxed with the responsibility for frail yet maniacally unstable daughter Catherine by the parents: monied Rachel, and ambitious conservative Member of Parliament, Gerald Fedden.

This book chronicles Nick's five years living with(in) the family, and the rise and fall of Gerald Fedden's political career amidst teeming Thatcherism, all against the backdrop of homosexuality and AIDS. Great historical perspective, interesting character development, and despite all this official pomp and overflowing antique finery, still the title A Line Of Beauty seems mostly to refer to cocaine. I liked the repetition of that motif, and also that of the contrasting "vulgar and unsafe," which connoted everything from politics and random fellatio, to the gift of a Mazda sports car.
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Very British. Satire, sex, political scandal. Very well-written. Can't say I loved it, but I do admire it!
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like it says on the back of the book... class, sex, and money in thatcher's london. how could that not be interesting?


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