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The line of beauty: a novel

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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.

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One can't get enough of Hollinghurst's sentences...If you value style, wit, and social satire in your reading, don't miss this elegant and passionate novel.-Washington Post Winner of 2004's Man Booker Prize for fiction and one of the most talked about books of the year, The Line of Beauty is a sweeping novel about class, sex, and money that brings Thatcher's London alive. Nick Guest has moved in with the Feddens, a family whose patriarch is a conservative member of parliament. An innocent in matters of politics and money, Nick becomes caught up in the Feddens' world of parties and excess, as well as in his own private pursuit of beauty. Framed by the two general elections that returned Margaret Thatcher to power, The Line of Beauty unfurls through four extraordinary years of change and tragedy. A New York Times Bestseller (Extended) · A LA Times Bestseller List · A Book Sense National Bestseller · A Northern California Bestseller · A Sunday Times Bestseller List · A New York Times Notable Book of the Year And chosen as one of the best books of 2004 by: Entertainment Weekly · The Washington Post · The San Francisco Chronicle · The Seattle Times Newsday · · The Boston Globe · The New York Sun · The Miami Herald · The Dallas Morning News · San Jose Mercury News · Publishers Weekly "A magnificent comedy of manners. Hollinghurst's alertness to the tiniest social and tonal shifts never slackens, and positively luxuriates in a number of unimprovably droll set pieces...[an] outstanding novel."-New York Times Book Review "Hollinghurst has placed his gay protagonist within a larger social context, and the result is his most tender and powerful novel to date, a sprawling and haunting elegy to the 1980s. A"-Entertainment Weekly "Mr. Hollinghurst's great gift as a novelist is for social satire as sharp and tra The National Bestseller, Winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.

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subject_facet Gay men -- Fiction, Legislators -- Fiction, Male friendship -- Fiction, Married people -- Fiction, Notting Hill (London, England) -- Fiction, Psychological fiction, English, Rich people -- Fiction, Social classes -- Fiction, University of Oxford -- Alumni and alumnae -- Fiction, Young men -- Fiction
title_display The line of beauty : a novel
title_full The Line of Beauty A Novel, The line of beauty : a novel / Alan Hollinghurst, The line of beauty [sound recording] / by Alan Hollinghurst
title_short The line of beauty :
title_sub a novel
topic_facet Alumni and alumnae, Fiction, Gay men, Legislators, Literature, Male friendship, Married people, Psychological fiction, English, Rich people, Social classes, Young men