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The Swimming Pool Library (Vintage Blue)



By: Alan Hollinghurst(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Gay & Lesbian

Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (5 Aug. 2004)

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The original title of the book: The Swimming Pool Library (Vintage Blue)

This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

'Deserves first prize in every category-superbly written, wildly funny' -- Daily Telegraph

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  • By Guest on 8 September 2017

    Bored out of my mind. And every time I expected something to happen or some point to be made it wandered off again. Very hard to sell an unappealing hero and Hollinghurst failed.

  • By Kindle Customer on 20 February 2017

    Very well written and quite fascinating in parts. However, the protagonist, William, comes across as quite obnoxious, hypocritical and lacking in depth; he's a hard character to empathise with. There is also a bit too much gratuitous sex.

  • By Guest on 20 August 2017

    Thoroughly enjoyed analysing this book for university which makes a decent change.

  • By ayjay169 on 21 August 2017

    Not yet read

  • By Mervyn Sanders on 17 August 2017

    A good read but with a very ambiguous ending.

  • By Guest on 29 August 2017

    I got the book as a present for a friend who was delighted with it

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  • By reviewsrevues on 7 February 2008

    I read this book twenty years ago when it first came out. Although I remember loving it, I've always had it linked in my head with a strange experience I had with finding some letters belonging to an elderly vicar in a library copy (it's a long story, and given the themes of the book oddly appropriate and the vicar proved to be quite hard to shake off!)so although I've read and really enjoyed other Hollinghurst books (didn't go a great deal on "The Spell")I've never gone back to this one. Until now. I thought the twenty years might have dulled its appeal, but it is an outstanding novel. It probably was one of the first UK books to have gay life as a central theme within a literary framework and it still has the power to draw the reader in, to shock, to surprise and to entertain. And it is so well written. I thought because I'm now twenty years older the slightly old-fashioned class and race aspects might leave me cold, but they didn't. It's an incredibly intense and rich novel, which repays re-reading (even if you leave it 20 years like I did). It is remarkably honest and sexy. I'm going to re-read the other Hollinghurst novels - because here I think we may have one of our greatest living authors- I might even give "The Spell" another try.

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