12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Satisfying and beautifully written,
This review is from: The Line of Beauty (Paperback)
This is a beautifully written, enjoyable and very rewarding book. It is true that the story is slow moving and more focused on episodes then on a fully structured narrative. However, I did not feel this was a problem or off-putting as the language and the situations keep you engaged. Also, the seemingly unconnected episodes are nicely tied together when the book picks up pace towards the end. The book deals with the very public world of politics and money in the 80s and contrasts that with Nick Guest's (the main character) very private, often secret, love life. Towards the end of the story these two previously disconnected worlds collide to spectacular effect. The description of Nick's love life and his struggle to find himself as a man is the much more interesting part of the book. Many of the themes, places and situations remind me of other Hollinghurst books and the assumption is therefore that much of Nick's journey, as described in The Line of Beauty, is semi biographical. Highly recommended.