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Colin Douglas LOL...not really, but the closest I've ever gotten to it. I liked this book more than I thought I would when I began it. I think it's because there were at least two main "older" gay characters in it and that was different and refreshing for me. I agree with some of the postings that most of the characters were quite unlikable, but I could identify with both Alex and Robin (some of the time) and that was fun. Also, since I attended grad school at the Univ. of London, I sort of felt like I knew the locale during this era.


Jane I enjoyed the book very much. The introduction of the young man who is he son of one of the older gentlemen was certainly what provided the meat of the story.

I loved the ying and yang of the relationship. Hollinghurst always delivers a great story and terrific dialogue.


Mark I wrote this review when I finish reading The Spell:

"The Spell" is a story of a group of men and their changing relationships with each other though love affairs, breakups, reconciliations, stability and death. I think that in a few months I will remember very little about the plot of this book but I will remember the characters and the emotions. I empathised with most of them in one way or another and I envied them. 4 stars.

It turns out to be true that I don't remember much about the story but I remember the "mood" of the book. I think of the four books by Hollinghurst I have read, I enjoyed this one the least. I haven't read Stranger's Child yet.


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