Pdf/E–book [The Line of Beauty] À Alan Hollinghurst
SPOILER ALERTMiddle class but upwardly hopeful Nick Guest comes o Tory MP Gerald Fedden s house first as a vacation houseminder and ostensible watcher of Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health -- And How We Can Save Ourselves the unstable daughter Catherine Cat Nick is in pursuit of beauty of a certainype Beauty is in many Fevered things but Nick is enthralled by beauty as manifested in privileged lives and its beautifulhingsInvited o stay after he vacation as a useful dogsbody he gets o be he hanger on of wealth and dabbler in heir society Always obseuious he becomes a foil for family head and MP Gerald s boasting a constant reassurance and dutiful uasi son o The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in War the mother Rachel he s much sympathetico her Scattered to the Wind thano his own mother who he is vaguely ashamed of and a companion and minder Applied Computational Aerodynamics. tohe manic depressive CatNick s biggest problem as a character is Spank! that he is such a sycophantic bluenose With his labor friends he reviles Thatcher and comments negatively on Gerald To Gerald and his friends and relations he actshe supportive respectful Tory This chameleon like character makes him hard o respectSupposedly working on getting an advance degree on Henry James at UCL in London he seems in pursuit of love But after dabbling in a relationship with middle class clerk who it is foreshadowed will dump him because he has no money he becomes a kept boy for a rich Lebanese millionaire and former Oxford classmate Wani Ouradi Nick s finances are ied o his entative relationship with Ouradi his living and personal situation Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold: Classic Love Poems with a Modern Twist tiedo his relationship with he Feddens While other rich companions from his graduate class are starting lives making names and fortunes middle class Nick s can leave he mein of his college companions but can afford it himself he was a scholarship student at Oxford so remains stuck in sycophantic roles o stay in hat social setNick was enthralled with Henry James but he real line of beauty is enthralling han its fictional dissection Instead Nick helps start up Wani s magazinefilm company OGEE named after he line of beauty arch But Wani is something of a dilettante interested in cocaine porn and sex Nick s job is something of a pose Wani goes hrough a lot of cocaine a lot of rent boys a lot of sex with Nick He gives Nick a salary and car while Kingsbane they doacit work on he magazine and a film script But Wani openly reviles Nick as just another one of he many paid sluts who La manufacture du meurtre takes his money Nick basically is a respectable looking safe but hidden sexual companion no acknowledgedhan he anonymous rent boysNick constantly professes love o his lovers and adopted family But none ake Him seriously as if sensing his shallowness Indeed often he sentence after Nick professes love World Music: Traditions and Transformations to someone he wonders at himself for doing so Whateverhese relationships are The Klondike Cat they aren love His first lover it is hinted at rades Nick up for someone with funds before Nick snags Wani wanting o love him for his physical beauty even knowing Wani s faults There s convenience and a bit of regard but no real Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! tieSimilarly Nickells Catherine Ballistic that he loves her family but he shere for a job as well as a minder Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book to Catherine a general dogsbody and an impressionable and appreciative mirror reflectingheir wealth Because Nick loves he Fedden s privileged life he gives it brilliance a reflective glow Therein lies his real usefulness Oxford educated and a uasi Don he offers a acit legitimacy in his otherwise middle class admiration hat someone else wouldn be able o offer even perhaps get in he door Gerald shows off Darwin Becomes Art: Aesthetic Vision in the Wake of Darwin: 1870-1920 to him and uses him as a verification ofheir own wealth and privilege Nick s basically just a different kind of slut for he FeddensMeant o be a sort of Beyond Effective touchstone Catherine reviles pretense babbles of speakingruths She s angry hat Nick doesn leave Wani because heir relationship must be kept Hidden When He Tells Her When he ells her stays with Wani because he finds him so physically beautiful she ells him hat people shouldn be loved because hey are beautiful That people are beautiful because we love hemNick only usefulness reuires being a convenient reflective foil for beauty but hat means keeping ugliness hidden Gerald s indiscretions Wani destructive lifestyle etc When Catherine in a manic phase blurts out some of Fully Involved theseruths Incest Erotica Bundle tohe press Nick s only usefulness hen is as a sort of scapegoat Wani now dying of AIDS pays Nick off in his will but never speaks of love And Nick discovers here was never any love in From One Night to Wife these relationships nor any beauty But has he learned his shallow uest was in vainThe story ends in ambiguity Both Nick s lovers succumbo AIDS We don know if Nick is HIV positive In he film Contemporary Latin American Literature: Original Selections from the Literary Giants for Intermediate and Advanced Students the impression is lefthat he
HAS BEEN LUCKY IN THAT EVENbeen lucky in hat even he still searches clueless for beauty In he book which goes a bit darkly into Nick s insincerities and obseuiousness Nick believes he will become positive as well Both end with Nick and Urania: A Romance the rest ofhe characters not having learned much Adversity hasn Children in the Global Sex Trade t madehem better Rather heir own flaws have brought hem all down So it is hardly a positive story Even Catherine who reveals others Wild Mustang truths and secrets does it from a manic sense of mischievousness and not from any sense of moral certainty Oneelling scene is of her sitting in her Uncle s French manoir elling a multi millionaire who didn contribute han fifty pence o a church restoration Belonging that he hasoo much money When he asks her and she has a significant inheritance what she gave she claims she had no money on herSome reviewers and I hink he author make a Grandpa Grumpy's Family thing ofhat Nick s The Guardian troubles may haveo do with homophobia I didn Dead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things t seehat The gap between Nick and Sandpiper Drift the Feddens even between Nick as a potential mate for Wani was financial and culturalhan gender oriented Nick was a hanger on a sycophant a leech because he hirsted after what he saw as a beautiful lifestyle Gerald was brought down by a financial scandal hen by a petty affair with his secretary When he news of Nick s sexuality came out in he papers it wasn as if everyone in Gerald s circle didn know Nick was gay. It is he summer of 1983 and young Nick Guest an innocent in he matters of politics and money has moved into an attic room in he Notting Hill home of he Feddens Gerald an ambitious new Tory MP his wealthy wife Rachel. Nick never made a secret of it except o Wani s father Gerald flies in a fury at Nick because he hinks hat Nick old his daughter about Gerald s affair with his secretary Bachelor-Auction Bridegroom (The Way We Met...And Married) (Harlequin American Romance Series) that Nick had secret knowledge of Andhat Cat blabbed The State of Public Administration tohe papers Without The State of Public Administration: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities that Gerald might have survivedhe financial scandal But Cat discerned hat herselfIn his rage Gerald includes a lot of slurs against gays as well as against middle class opportunists etc when he reviles Nick Certainly Nick s being gay was a central part of his life but I don Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East (Critical Youth Studies) think it was allhat central Alexandria, Real and Imagined tohe plot s denouement To me The Complete Editor that hado do with character not gender orientation Nick s problems were because he didn Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction t build a life of his own but instead based his life on being a hanger on for others attracted by a lifestyle he had no legitimate ownership of His father was a buyer and seller of antiuities a caretaker of ancient clocks in mansions Nick didn want o come o Talking with Doctors the mansions merely as a winder of clocks oro even buy and sell The Yipping Tiger and Other Tales from the Neuropsychiatric Clinic the clocks He wantedo live in Theorists of the Modernist Novel: James Joyce, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf the mansionsInhe end he might have learned Marley that beautifulhings don Annie, Between the States t necessarily make for beautiful people And even with beautiful peoplehat beauty is only skin deep But hat oo is left ambiguous These characters end Cruel Harvest the book no better in most cases much worse and with no insighthan when Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives they entered It s a hard booko like for hat reason But he characters are so clearly drawn even if hey are rather shallow unworthy characters hat you want something o have happened I hink The Friend the author has a dislike forhe period and Bomber Boys: Fighting Back, 1940-1945 these characters and doesn believe anything good should come out of it One of Through Streets Broad and Narrow the most striking scenes is whenhe housekeeper Someone To Love tells Nick she always suspected he was no good Nick is stunned but as reader we haveo be in The Subterraneous Passage; or, Gothic Cell tacit agreement having seenhe false part Nick has often played in all his relationships Still The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: A Revolutionary Guide for Living an Awakened Life the lack of any positive resolution meanshat The Advertising Agency Business the characters stay in your head because you wish it ended otherwise The protagonist inhis novel is exploring his sexuality but seems obsessed He is a young gay man who wants Alamein to open doors within a sphere of influence dueo money and power neither of which he has His fawning need Undone Is Beautiful: There Is Beauty to Be Found in the Middle of the Mess to be allhings o all people is edious but his observations of social s are accurate and detailed This is he strength of he novel You can see Jek/Hyde that he is goingo be Learning to See the agent of a scandal Inhat Addiction the protagonist has lost sight ofhe bigger picture Personally I have had o ake freuent breaks from reading Surviving Seduction this novel His promiscurity is irritating inhat it is indiscriminate See what you It Takes A Thief (Hagen Series think It s very unusual for me noto finish a book I started but I did give up on his oneAnd it s not easy o say why There is certainly a high level of skill in he writing his is not anything as simple as a bad writerI would say The Moon Platoon that for mehere was a slightly arch one perhaps not uite full irony but somehow he reader stands at a distance from he characters as if here is a slight condescending attitude owards hem Now I could be completely and utterly wrong and someone else might find his novel brilliant social satire It s very very BritishI just found it sterile and ediousbut The Sudanese Communist Party: Ideology and Party Politics then hey I m probablyoo stupid Thoroughly enjoyed his Brought back so many memories of he 80s Wonderfully well written m probably oo stupid Thoroughly enjoyed his Brought back so many memories of he 80s Wonderfully well written much I wish I d said hat I felt for Nick Although he d benefited so much initially from Taking Smart Risks: How Sharp Leaders Win When Stakes are High the casual generosity ofhe Feddens he paid for it in Risk the end It dovetails with recent TV programme It s a Sin andhere s a hint of Brideshead Revisited I hope we ve moved forwards a bit since Pretty Sly then Brilliant read Athe Unravel Me time of writinghis J. 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Ballard this Kindle version ofhe Booker Prize winning The Line of Beauty was a paltry 89p I would say his is a fantastic bargain for a horoughly entertaining story Bete De Jour: The Intimate Adventures Of An Ugly Man that I would retrospectively have paid full price for anywayThe story follows Nick Guest a gay graduate from Oxford University who has found himself adopted byhe family of Gerald Fedden Fedden is he father of Nick s friend from university Toby Gerald Fedden is a fairly prominent Conservative politician whose political career provides a constant background o Hidden Agenda (Project Justice the explorations of friendship sexuality and drugshat The Secret Wife the story engages withThe most pleasing aspect abouthe novel is Man of Honour: John MacArthur, Duellist, Rebel, Founding Father the wayhat it deploys Nick s viewpoint o flit in and out of he broader political context which avoids it becoming a staid political critiue of Thatcher s Britain Readers Student Sex With Teacher - Spanking Sexy 3-Story Bundle therefore avoid being manipulatedowards a simplistic conclusion about Tory Britain in A McCabe at Heart the 80s even ifhe activities of Solomon's Keepers this particular household are personally fairly damningViewed fromhe perspective of austerity Britain he presentation of he economically booming Britain of A Girl Less Ordinary the 80s is arguably even compelling The casual attitudeo both drugs and wealth certainly gives food for hought and provides a significant reminder o he reader about he social legacy City Doctor, Outback Nurse that underpinshe political machinations of 21st century politicians a significant number of whom would have partied with he best of hem at he kind of parties
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telling fact hat one of Many Europes: Choice and Chance in Western Civilization, Volume 2 the most characters is Catherine Toby s mad sister whohan anyone sees The Organizational Champion: How to Develop Passionate Change Agents at Every Level the societyhat she freuents for what it really isI only really had one criticism of Writing For Business Results the novel In my opinion andhis wasn Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor t shared by my friend who I discussedhe book with Party Hearty: Hot, Sexy, Have-a-Blast Food Fun All Year Round the other day Hollinghurst s prose struck me as being a little pretentious atimes particularly with regard Mantra to his lexical choices which reflectedo me a slightly contrived attempt The Girl from the Garden to puff uphe intellectual clout of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith the narrativeOverall I wouldhoroughly recommend The Line of Beauty It immerses The Teenage Brain the reader in a fascinating period of history forhe UK giving an intense flavour of a Tory led society hat publicly struggled o keep a lid on When Love Happens the private cocktail of sex drugs and sexualityhat bubbl. And The Girl from the Garden their children Toby and Catherine Nick had idolized Toby at Oxford but in his London life it will behe Night Hush troubled Catherine who becomes his friend and his uneasy responsibility Athe boom years of he mid 80s unfo. .a elling fact hat one of he most
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Ed underneath hreatening o shatter he foundations of he family centric idyll of Conservatism This book of course is well written but he characters are just despicable I hated Nick The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's 1927 Trans-Atlantic Crossing the gay characterhe most He never once stood up for himself Books should be better Nightingale: (Originally appeared in the print anthology THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY) thanhis Seems Faint Trace: A June Lyons Novella to be just another sad gay novel a la Boys inhe Band Reading The Cherry Harvest this was for me like a long vacation in a gorgeous and sacred place A perfect book with beautifully crafted sentences descriptions of placehat carry he weight of story and hen also masterful scene and character development It s a book The Sun that anyone interested in writing or reading like a writer should reado learn about a beautiful line Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies--How What We Eat Defines Who We Are the clear and expansive point of view of a close narrator Let it wash over youAnd readers of all kinds should readhis Don be put off by he novel of manners feel of it because his is subversive and in its subversion is its emotional depth High school students should be reading his book for its deep reach into he world of hidden lives he random judgments we feel entitled The 3rd Woman to makeImportant and wonderful bookHighly recommend An appropriately applauded modern day masterpiece wherehe author understands The Stolen Child that effective prose has got a function beyond acting as an engine forhe plot He maximises Yes, and the use of languageo let Laugh-Out-Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids the reader inhabithe deep ambiguities hat are at he heart of human experience After a long A Line of Blood time I felt like I goto feel Cinco de Mayhem (Santa Fe Cafe Mystery, thehrob of Cinco de Mayhem the hearthat keeps literary fiction alive and a page of Hollinghurst is all one needs The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning: A Polar Journey to feelhe heat and The Book of Love: Improvisations on a Crazy Little Thing the beatCourageously written inhird person narrator spanning four years in Thatcher years it Mad as Helen (River Road, trackshe experience of a middle class emphasis on his class fresh out of university Nick who starts boarding in one of his affluent friend s house in Kensington Between holidays in rural France clocking up boyfriends secretly and paryting with he rich and he powerful it s boom Crazy Heart time forhe Tories he graduates slickly from a agalong o a self fashioned aesthetic advisor and smugly mistakenly believes he has become one of hem an Insider Then he missteps or rather finds himself at he wrong end Just a Girl the chips fall and he is promptly shownhe door Around his misunderstanding of intimacies and loyalties he witnesses some of his paramours swallowed whole by he raging AIDS epidemicI found Nick Family Pictures to be a very curious narrator and was absolutely bewitched by his contradictions He is at heart a deeply sensitive man with a penchanto appreciate beauty of Not Supposed To the surfaces art architecture with a repertoire of appreciating ranging from Henry James poised prose allhe way Dream A Little Death tohe contrapuntal beauty in Rachmaninov s Symphonic Dances And yet other Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog than a literal extrapolation ofhis sensitivity The Women in the Castle to his gaze athe male anatomy his engagement with Inventing the Middle Ages the people and enuiry into his own behaviour remains detached analytical and oddly passive for a goodwo What Not to Bare thirds ofhe book This makes him a phenomenally interesting protagonist who in eual parts enticed and indifferent is Glimmer traipsinghrough he aisles of high life casually soaking he decadence without letting Forward: A Memoir the moral radar prodhrough Despite being given a credible eye for surfaces Hollinghurst has packed him chockfull with deep interiorities And The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789 the result ishat Rain Wilds Chronicles the book reads very deeplySufficeo say I have found in Hollinghurst a master prose stylist absolutely in control of all he elements literal onal subtextual which means Puntos de Partida thathe literalities do not matter for in control of all Into the Crossfire the elements literalonal subtextual which means hat he literalities do not matter for longest of Selling Out: How Big Corporate Money Buys Elections, Rams Through Legislation, and Betrays Our Democracy times evenhough All Involved the author has painstakingly researched and concealedhis research Ballroom to lethe characters breathe and The Hidden Memory of Objects the reader feelheir company and The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland theimes Unworldly Encounter: Part 5 they live in There is not a sentence wasted or spent wandering In what could beermed a raditional manner of constructing and delivering big novels little character and event details mentioned uietly like leitmotifs in he initial pages are made o gradually develop seemingly organically over he four years but obviously The Structuralist Controversy: The Languages of Criticism and the Sciences of Man the author is pullinghe strings and made Mining Group Gold, Third Edition: How to Cash in on the Collaborative Brain Power of a Team for Innovation and Results to comeogether o form a made o come Medical Office Procedures togethero form a movement in Courting Claudia the foregroundhat wrenches an ephiphany and an emotion out of his reader almost like a musical symphonyRest assured I d be returning Jack's Widow: A Novel tohis book for The Scandal Plan the sheer brilliance ofhe writing performance and an offensively high number of uotable lines Bravo This was Death on the Aisle the first novel by Alan Hollinghurst I read and so far my favourite He is ableo write paragraphs of description where not
MUCH HAPPENS BUT I M STILLhappens but I m still The storyline is fairly basic it s a bunch of characters going Allied through a few yearsogether but it works This is about Superheroes Anonymous the charactershe Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex tongue in cheek humour andhemes Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work: How to Use the Enneagram System for Success than it is abouthe story It doesn Snowbound at Christmas (Montana Men, t come down on any sides really politically or otherwise it s an explanation ofhe people and how hey see he world As a Londoner I enjoyed Bad Childhood---Good Life: How to Blossom and Thrive in Spite of an Unhappy Childhood the setting and it was interestingo see how gay people navigated Drive Me Crazy the worlden years before I was bornSince One Lucky Hero this I ve only read The Swimming Pool Library by Hollinghurst I did enjoyhat but not as much as The Line of Beauty Hollinghurst s PhD was about homosexuality in Forster Firbank and Hartley and he s used a series of novels o point up he gay s dilemmas at various stages of c20 In Lo B we re in 1980s where Greed is Good and corruption at The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat: A Guide to Essential Features, Gear, and Handling the heart of public life But whenhe affluent Feddens need first a babysitter for The Hacker Diaries: Confessions of Teenage Hackers their bi polar daughter andhen a scapegoat for he disgrace which comes o hem partly hrough her hey urn o or on he gay person whom until now Kissing in America they have been contento admit and even cultivate seeing him not so much as a gay but as a eunuch The situation is complicated by Nylon and Bombs: DuPont and the March of Modern America the use of cocaine one meaning of The line of beauty in which Nick central character is complicit but AH s essential point is despitehe permissiveness not available Traps Treachery (Legends Lairs, d20 System) to earlier gays like Firbank secrecy and pretence is stillhe order of Claimed by the Bear the day withhe hreat of Aids ever present An excellent piece with a strong plot line and facing a ough issue. Ld Nick becomes caught up in he Feddens' world In an era of endless possibility Nick finds himself able o pursue his own private obsession with beauty a prize as compelling o him as power and riches are o his friend. .