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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as A Stranger's Child, 7 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Line of Beauty (Paperback)
I loved A Stranger's Child - and was inspired to read In The Line Of Beauty because of it. It was an enjoyable read, but for me, the prose lacked some of the magic and effortless readability that his most recent piece of work had. I did not find I particularly 'liked' any of the characters - especially the main one of Nick Guest. I suppose I was not meant to like him that much - a selfish, pretentious, condescending wannabe (him, not me!). Halfway through the book I Googled it, and came across the BBC link to the TV remake of it in 2008 (I didn't see it at the time, but remember the trailers). From then on, I couldn't shake the image of Lord Percy from Blackadder as Gerald Seddon - was quite amusing. And I couldn't help imagining a young Helena Bonham-Carter would have been great cast as Catherine. The last few chapters of his fall from favour were good, it's a shame he didn't have a meeting with Catherine following the meltdown. I found all the 'darlings' a bit annoying, and the subtlety of the 'ogee' line of beauty was, I fear, over my head (as were the numerour literary and classical music references - I would not have fitted in at the Seddons!). In a way, I think 'A stranger's child' might have actually been a more appropriate title for this book.
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