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A very reliably good story with some wonderful characters, cleverness of plot, carried along by the beauty of the English language. Beautifully crafted, heart breaking story that leaves you with that familiar Hollinghurst-iesq sense of loss, emptiness, desperate love, quest for beauty, and the ultimate frustration of having lost the battle with time.
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Winds and wends its way through lives. At times deliciously entertaining, at times not. Became a little bored with the people though, and after a while wasn't that curious to find out what was going to happen to anyone of them.
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So loved this book. Interesting story- wonderful attention to detail and nuance.
Fantastic listening to the performer who brought the writing alive.
I was disappointed in Alan Hollinghurst's latest novel. It comes alive when there is homo-erotic tension in a situation, but without that, it lapses into dreary narrative about uninteresting people (at least in many cases). Having the title character so wooden is a big problem too. I enjoyed it in some patches only, and was glad when I had finished the novel.