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Title:The Line of Beauty
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Publisher:Bloomsbury
ISBN:0739464469
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Number of Pages:438
Category:Fiction, Glbt

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Line of Beauty In the summer of 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 of the eighties unfold Nick an innocent in the world of politics and money finds his life altered by the rising fortunes of this glamorous family His two vividly contrasting love affairs one with a young black clerk and one with a Lebanese millionaire dramatize the dangers and rewards of his own private pursuit of beauty a pursuit as compelling to Nick as the desire for power and riches among his friends .

Richly textured emotionally charged disarmingly comic this U K bestseller is a major work by one of our finest writers

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In the summer of 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 br br As the boom years of the eighties unfold Nick an innocent in the world of politics and money finds his life altered by the rising fortunes of this glamorous family His two vividly contrasting love affairs one with a young black clerk and one with a Lebanese millionaire dramatize the dangers and rewards of his own private pursuit of beauty a pursuit as compelling to Nick as the desire for power and riches among his friends br br Richly textured emotionally charged disarmingly comic this U K bestseller is a major work by one of our finest writers, No description available, In Evert Dax and David Sparsholt two young men from very different backgrounds meet at Oxford University Dax is a second year student reading English coming from a rackety upper middle class background Sparsholt is from a humbler Midlands community and is reading engineering a young man whose good looks and fine figure have proved highly attractive to his peers br br This time is a unique one in the history of the university with military call up at twenty soon brought forward to nineteen almost all students come up to Oxford knowing that they will only have a year or so of study A sense of futility is mixed with one of recklessness All life after dusk is lived under black out encouraging and covering what would normally be impossible liaisons What happens to these two men in this year will affect many lives and will set in motion the mystery at the heart of i The Sparsholt Affair i br br Alan Hollinghurst s masterly novel takes us through several generations and across key periods of uncertainty and change in British society From the darkest days of the Second World War it moves to the changing world of the a socially and sexually liberated London of the s before landing in the mid s with the three day week fuel shortages and power cuts The reverberations continue through the next generation in the s before reaching a conclusion in the present decade a world of new media and new ideas br br Throughout the novel there is also an examination of the visual and aesthetic looking at what it is to be Modern through modernist architecture and abstract painting we witness buildings being destroyed and replaced we watch works of art go in and out of fashion br br Featuring a remarkable cast of characters i The Sparsholt Affair i is both thought provoking and highly entertaining a novel in which children are connected by the acts of their parents and individuals are both damaged and saved by the changing attitudes to sexuality privacy and intimacy, A magnificent century spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth and a family mystery across generations br br From the Man Booker Prize winning author of The Line of Beauty a magnificent century spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth and a family mystery across generations br br In the late summer of George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate a handsome aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance to his family s modest home outside London for the weekend George is enthralled by Cecil and soon his sixteen year old sister Daphne is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court the country estate he is heir to But what Cecil writes in Daphne s autograph album will change their and their families lives forever a poem that after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished will become a touchstone for a generation a work recited by every schoolchild in England Over time a tragic love story is spun even as other secrets lie buried until decades later an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them br br Rich with Hollinghurst s signature gifts haunting sensuality delicious wit and exquisite lyricism The Stranger s Child is a tour de force a masterly novel about the lingering power of desire how the heart creates its own history and how legends are made