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The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
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Dec 24, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: literary-and-popular-fiction
Read in December, 2011

A story of people’s attraction to each other, and one particularly compelling person’s desire for others and others’ attraction to him, even after his death. A biographer eventually tries to sort out a tangle of past relationships as those involved whom he interviews try to keep the secrets the reader already knows—or perhaps not all of them. While I have to agree with the reviewers quoted on the back of the jacket about the beauty and perceptiveness of the writing, the book left me feeling rather deflated. Not that every book has to be uplifting, but this was relentlessly unflattering, though it rang true, about the motivations and behavior of people of all classes, over decades. So, two stars for enjoyment, and more for the quality.

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