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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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Mixed Feelings

Advantages: Thought-provoking, delightful writing style
Disadvantages: Hard-going, slow-moving

Focusing on an episode in the life of Edward Manners in which he emigrates to a Belgian city (unnamed in the text) to tutor students of English, The Folding Star examines the natures of love, lust and obsession. Marketed as a 'gay novel', the novel's num ...

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Good Read

Advantages: Interestingly diverse
Disadvantages: Heavy going in places

After reading The Swimming Pool Library I thought I would try another by the same author........Although I did not enjoy this one quite as much, non the less it is definitely a good read. It is based around Edward Manners who escapes England to go and li ...

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darkly intriguing

Advantages: beautifully descriptive
Disadvantages: incredibly slow paced

...i chose to read this book before the swimming pool library. whilst the folding star is certainly a slow paced book it is laced with side stories of pain & death starkly mirrored by the hopes of youth, the graphic depictions of gay sex may be quite strong ...

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