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The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
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Jan 25, 2009

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British, mid-80s set novel that follows recent Oxford grad/society climber Nick Guest as he navigates his twenties, London gay life, and national politics during the Margaret Thatcher Tory years. Heavily Henry James influenced, so I must fess up to having never read any of his novels. Some small delights for Anglophiles, a few laughs, some class and society intrigue, but overall cast with a possibly cocaine-induced, severely pallid UK gloom. Depressing, empty, AIDS-ravaged ending. This unaccountably won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2004, a prize also given in the past to super-faves "Life of Pi" and "Paddy Clarke." I'll think twice before taking their recommendation again. 2.5 stars.

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Kati OOf. Bummer.

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