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The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
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Jan 07, 12

Read in January, 2012

A poem written in England before World War I, by a poet much like Rupert Brooke, who like Rupert Brooke wrote poetry from the trenches before dying in the war, is the thread running through this novel. The story runs into the current millennium, with stops in decades along the way. It’s rich in characterization, incident, dialogue, and historical detail. The great houses come down, the class system dissipates, mores reform, and technology arrives. Social and literary reputations are refracted through the decades. It’s an absorbing and transcendent read, fascinating and droll—and it’s a lot of fun.
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