The Line of Beauty

The Line of Beauty

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Moving into the attic room in the Notting Hill home of the wealthy, politically connected Fedden family in 1983, twenty-year-old Nick Guest becomes caught up in the rising fortunes of this glamorous family and finds his own life forever altered by his association during the boom years of the 1980s.

McMillan Palgrave
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 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.


Blackwell North Amer
It is the summer of 1983, and young Nick Guest has moved into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: Gerald, an ambitious new Tory MP, his wealthy wife Rachel, and their children Toby and Catherine. Nick had idolized Toby at Oxford, but in his London life it will be the troubled Catherine, the critic and rebel of the family, who becomes both his friend and his uneasy responsibility.
As the boom years of the mid-80s unfold, Nick, an innocent in matters of politics and money, becomes caught up in the Feddens' world - its grand parties, its surprising alliances, its parade of monsters both comic and menacing. In an era of endless possibility, Nick finds himself able to pursue his own private obsession, with beauty - a prize as compelling to him as power and riches are to his friends. An affair with a young black council worker gives him his first experience of romance; but it is a later affair, with a beautiful millionaire, that will change his life more drastically and bring into question the larger fantasies of a ruthless decade.
Framed by the two general elections which returned Mrs. Thatcher to power, The Line of Beauty unfurls through four extraordinary years of change and tragedy. Richly textured, emotionally charged, disarmingly funny, it is a major work by one of the finest writers in the English language.

Baker
& Taylor

Moving into the attic room in the Notting Hill home of the wealthy, politically connected Fedden family in 1983, twenty-year-old Nick Guest becomes caught up in the rising fortunes of this glamorous family and finds his own life forever altered by his association during the boom years of the 1980s. By the author of The Swimming-Pool Library. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury ; [S.l.] : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck, 2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Description: 438 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781582345086
1582345082
Branch Call Number: Holl

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80jeann
Jul 03, 2016

This novel is totally deserving of the Booker prize though not for the faint of heart - not for the "gay fiction" label, but rather for its dense, rich and detailed narrative. Hollinghurst is a brilliant writer hands down. This is one of the best most engaging novels I have read in a long time. Hard going at times but the pay off is worth it.

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williamkricket
Nov 06, 2013

This is probably one of the best books I have ever read.

johnami Nov 27, 2012

It is unfortunate that this superior work will be categorized by many as a “gay novel” because it will reduce the number of readers who will enjoy the remarkable literary talent of the author, Alan Hollinghurst. Mr. Hollinghurst is a skilled writer with an excellent vocabulary, a joiner’s sense of syntax, and a writing style that is clear and readable.

I am also very much impressed by his ability to conceive a novel, to imagine the characters and their activities so accurately that the story falls in to place with total believability. His analysis and development of characters is always accurate and he creates dialog that is completely appropriate for the characters.

The Line of Beauty is about the people who inhabit its pages during a specific period of time. The only action is what they think and do. Yet this simple premise develops into a dynamic story thanks to the many skills of the author.

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toby65
Feb 01, 2012

No wonder this novel won the Booker in 2004! Fabulous, elegant, can't say enough about the style and content.

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Darrelln
May 31, 2011

Beautifully written and great insight into British high society and gay life

Bearrington May 30, 2011

A good story overall. However, I personally felt this book was roughly 100-200 pages too long. Without the filler I would have been VERY happy with this book.

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Cabby
Jan 06, 2008

Book club.

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Darrelln
Aug 11, 2011

Great Book. Interesting insight into gay romance and high society.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Nick Guest's homosexuality and class status divide him from the problematic aristocratic Fedden Family who are heavily involved in politics.

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MDRoy
Jul 30, 2010

MDRoy thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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