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The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
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Mar 15, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: english-contemporary
Recommended for: Anyone who isn't shy about gay sex
Read in March, 2009

The flow and tone of this novel is beautiful. It actually reminds me (absent the graphic gay sex) of Wilde's _The Picture of Dorian Grey_. Hollinghurst's style - especially when describing space and people is very like Wilde's I think. There are some delightful characters in this novel who don't hold a prominent place in the plot but who contribute nonetheless. Roops, Taha, etc., add some dimension to a sometimes shallow plot line.

The ending is not unexpected. Though Will is offered a lesson in his own history, the history of his family, and the history of gay men in the last century of English society, one can only infer by the last paragraph that he chooses to ignore them all and carry on in his completely self-absorbed, hedonistic way.

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