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Booker Winner 2004

Advantages: characters, writing, plot
Disadvantages: not a novel everyone would love

...'The Line of Beauty' by Alan Hollinghurst won the Booker Prize in 2004, going up against novels by Achmat Dangor, Sarah Hall, David Mitchell, Colm Toibin and Gerard Woodward. Hollinghurst had written three novels previous to this one. The book follows ...

heatherrr13 25.10.2005 · Read full review
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80s revival

Advantages: Easy to read, beautifully written, good chapter length
Disadvantages: None

Introduction ******************** The Line of Beauty is an excellent read which was recently turned into a 3 part series by Queer as Folk director Russell T.Davis. While I enjoyed the televisation I didnt feel it captured the same joys and horrors that ...

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The Farewell Symphony

Advantages: Important as literature
Disadvantages: Novel format not convincing

The problem with "novels" that read like biographies, is having the author's real name loom large in the text, while those of other characters have been disguised to "protect their privacy." It's like having a garden hose pipe with a bend in the middle, ...

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The Spell, I wasn't spellbound

Advantages: Very good characterisation
Disadvantages: Unmemorable

...It has been some time since I read this novel but the one thing that stuck with me was the overall mood of the book. It was awkward, you felt almost nervous reading it, and the plot was so indistinct I can only remember snippets, something about a party a ...

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Bewitching

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...to confess to being shallow – I first wanted to read this book when I saw the gorgeous cover. The contents didn’t disappoint. This novel is a comedy about the lives and loves of four gay men living in England. Robin is an architect, living in Do ...

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