ALAN HOLLINGHURST THE SWIMMING POOL LIBRARY PDF

The first sentence of the Goodreads blurb says it all. Very well written. But ultimately not at all my cup of tea. The style and tone of the two are much different. Likely because Hollinghurst writes of the world not during its zenith but looks back at it wistfully.

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The first sentence of the Goodreads blurb says it all. Very well written. But ultimately not at all my cup of tea. The style and tone of the two are much different. Likely because Hollinghurst writes of the world not during its zenith but looks back at it wistfully.

The author differs with me, but the hedonistic world William revels in is far too icky for me to be comfortable reading about. The clear, limpid prose only highlights the discomfort. I can set a lot of things aside, and some authors can even get me to see the value of this level of debauchery Hollinghurst seems to point towards a change of character, a discovery of moral fiber, but it seems to me to be a triumph of his laziness.

It is very easy to do the right thing when the right thing is doing nothing. I liked the book enough while reading, but when pressed to say why, I can only say it was elegant. Barts 3 - This was a very unexpected read It was unexpectedly graphic early on, and i thought i might be in for a bit of a sleazy novel of sorts It was rather 2 stories in one Interesting, occasionally unexpected, thoughtful, and again, explicit An insightful story that chronicles the earlier struggles for acceptance that are now oft forgotten and taken for granted.

Did not expect to like it when i began, and it ended up with 4 stars, which surprises even me. As others scatter so they are not discovered in a known location for cottaging, young Will resuscitates the victim, and in so doing, saves his life. The two acquaintances are on their way to becoming friends when the old lord requests that Will write his memoirs, which Will discovers are not altogether tame.

There is a vast difference in their ages but the younger is seemingly living a parallel life to what the elderly gentleman lived. Their lives contain excess debauchery at a time before the threat of AIDS. These two characters were an enigma.

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The Swimming-Pool Library

When his novel The Line of Beauty won the Booker prize in , he spent some of his winnings on revamping it, with the result that it has a new, large sitting room with a lush view out on to a corner of Hampstead Heath. I move towards it excitedly, as if I were the first visitor ever to notice it. Beneath her profile is written her name: Daphne. He smiles, indulgently. But, no. He bought it at auction just as he was finishing the book, by which time Daphne Sawle was every bit as real to him as this fine-boned, turn-of-the-century creature.

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Alan Hollinghurst

Stimpson Credit To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. New York: Random House. The marriage between sex and death in Western literature seems indissoluble. Cries of ecstasy give way to cries of grief.

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The Swimming-Pool Library

I argue that cinema does not have a consistent role in the novel as motif or metaphor but functions instead an element of excess. Like this history, the cinema in The Swimming-Pool Library must be held at bay: it resists integration into the middlebrow poise of the novel and the unruffleable surface of its realist prose. A short version of this article appears as a chapter in Alan Hollinghurst: Writing under the Influence, edited by Michele Mendelssohn and Denis Flannery Manchester, , pp. Pornographic films are thus only the potentiation of films in general, which ask us to stare at the world as though it were a naked body. It is a direct attack on the old methods of literary art. We shall have to adapt ourselves to the shadowy screen and to the cold machine. Still, my argument will be that The Swimming-Pool Library, and perhaps the realist novel itself, is not untroubled by cinema.

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Plot introduction[ edit ] In London, Will, a privileged, gay, sexually irresistible year-old, saves the life of an elderly aristocrat who has a heart-attack in a public lavatory. Explanation of the title[ edit ] The title has at least three meanings. Finally, Will borrows trashy homoerotic novels from one of the lifeguards at the Corinthian club. The club, then, is a swimming pool library. Plot summary[ edit ] To comply with the Wikipedia quality standards , this book-related article may require cleanup. This article contains very little context, or is unclear to readers who know little about the book.

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