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Too much detail,
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This review is from: The Folding Star: Historical Fiction (Kindle Edition)
It is difficult to fault Alan Hollinghurst in terms of his writing. His dialogue is authentic and often inspired. His sense of place and context are both excellent. But...in this book at least, he describes, describes and describes. I would imagine that a good novel is often a balance between description, dialogue and action. In this book, the description overpowers the other two factors.
There were many times in The Folding Star when I found myself thinking, 'yes, I've got the hang of that, now can we move on please? But no, the author has to add yet another layer of description over the top of the existing text. Hollinghurst is often obsessed with epiphenomena.
If you don't mind over-larded description, the book is, in parts, an up-to-date Death in Venice. Somehow, though, Hollinghurst's characters are often a bit too precious and even too posh for my liking. I would love to see him tackle more ordinary characters. He is, after all, a wonderful writer. For me, mixed feelings about this book.