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Title:The Line of Beauty
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Publisher:Bloomsbury
ISBN:0739464469
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Number of Pages:438
Category:Fiction, Glbt

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Line of Beauty In the summer of twenty year old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens conservative Member of Parliament Gerald his wealthy wife Rachel and their two children Toby whom Nick had idolized at Oxford and Catherine highly critical of her family s assumptions and ambitions .

As the boom years of the eighties unfold Nick an innocent in the world of politics and money finds his life altered by the rising fortunes of this glamorous family His two vividly contrasting love affairs one with a young black clerk and one with a Lebanese millionaire dramatize the dangers and rewards of his own private pursuit of beauty a pursuit as compelling to Nick as the desire for power and riches among his friends .

Richly textured emotionally charged disarmingly comic this U K bestseller is a major work by one of our finest writers

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