Alan Hollinghurst C/D S&D

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Gerald really is just the most boring monster in the end.

The point of the ending imo is that you suddenly realise it's Nick that's the boring monster.

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Saturday, 7 July 2018 11:34 (one year ago) link

oh of course he is just as prone to criticism as any of them really

imago, Saturday, 7 July 2018 14:50 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

I'm 60 pages from the ending. I've finished this re-read while sitting on the beach or by the pool.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 4 August 2018 13:44 (one year ago) link

of TLoB?

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Saturday, 4 August 2018 18:25 (one year ago) link

Nick wasn’t a boring monster imo he was a hypocrite and a parasite, just as Gerald accused him— the AIDS test was (I felt) deliberately placed there as a maguffin, that the prospect of losing his life to AIDS was less painful that his social expulsion.

What I like about Hollinghurst is that he is able to capture both the beauty and sexiness of young white gay hedonism, but forces these same sexy protagonists to be held accountable for their actions and obliviousness

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 4 August 2018 19:56 (one year ago) link

the AIDS test was (I felt) deliberately placed there as a maguffin, that the prospect of losing his life to AIDS was less painful that his social expulsion.

Rereading the last two pages, I thought this is precisely what happened. Nick imagines himself slipping from the memories of the Feddens, and it's described as an absence from lived spaces, not a spiritual one.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 4 August 2018 21:45 (one year ago) link

Yeah, exactly. It’s so interesting, when I first read the book twelve years ago, midway through I had my first and only AIDS nightmare (knocks wood)— it just seemed so clear that that was where the book was heading. To have the tragedy be something completely different, and come so abruptly, was so extremely intense

I just read the final sixty pages again now and feel so palpably Nick’s pretence of trying to stay cool and apologetic in the face of a family who wants him gone, and implicitly, don’t care if he lives or dies

And also that expression of unconditional love, ugh, it’s such a great book, dammit, I need to read his other novels

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 4 August 2018 22:12 (one year ago) link

Yeah, exactly. It’s so interesting, when I first read the book twelve years ago, midway through I had my first and only AIDS nightmare (knocks wood)— it just seemed so clear that that was where the book was heading. To have the tragedy be something completely different, and come so abruptly, was so extremely intense

I just read the final sixty pages again now and feel so palpably Nick’s pretence of trying to stay cool and apologetic in the face of a family who wants him gone, and implicitly, don’t care if he lives or dies

And also that expression of unconditional love, ugh, it’s such a great book, dammit, I need to read his other novels

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 4 August 2018 22:12 (one year ago) link

Anyone read the new one yet? As a fan of his best work I've swithering about it but it's long, I was underwhelmed by The Stranger's Child and reviews have been patchy (inc one or two likening it to TSC, not a good thing).

frankiemachine, Sunday, 12 August 2018 15:37 (one year ago) link

Not impressed -- an etiolated thing.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 August 2018 15:40 (one year ago) link

Shame. Before TSC was published he was just about my favourite current novelist. Massive anticipation for the next one. Would hardly have believed I could get from there to probably not bothering to read his next but one.

frankiemachine, Sunday, 12 August 2018 16:26 (one year ago) link

I'm in the same position.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 August 2018 16:26 (one year ago) link


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