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The Stranger's Child (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Alan Hollinghurst
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Longlisted 2011 - Man Booker Prize
LONGLIST 2013 – IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
A Globe and Mail Best Book
A New York Times Notable Book

“If this wonderfully well-made and witty novel doesn’t win the Man Booker Prize, there is no justice in the world. . . . Constantly provocative, intricately plotted, slyly hilarious––in short, a triumph of the storyteller’s art.”
—Brian Lynch, Irish Independent
 
“Captivating. . . . It is elegant, seductive and extremely enjoyable to read, and peppered with astute, apparently casual noticings. . . . The Stranger’s Child will no doubt be one of the best novels published this year.”
—The Guardian
 
“A remarkable, unmissable achievement, written with the calm authority of an author who could turn his literary gifts to just about anything.”
—Richard Canning, The Independent
 
“There is a huge cleverness to the book at a structural and, as it were, managerial level. . . . Hollinghurst, as ever, is quietly brilliant about architecture. . . .  There’s also a lot that is purely and simply very funny.”
—Keith Miller, Daily Telegraph
 
The Stranger’s Child feels like the kind of novel that [E.M.] Forster might have written had he continued. . . . An impeccable, ironic, profoundly enjoyable plot structure. . . . Aesthetically, The Stranger’s Child is probably the best novel this year so far.”
—Amanda Craig, The Independent

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"'With The Stranger's Child, an already remarkable talent unfurls into something spectacular' Sunday Times 'I would compare the novel to Middlemarch... a remarkable, unmissable achievement' Independent 'Magnificent... universally acclaimed as the best novel of the year' Philip Hensher"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 800 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 576 Seiten
  • Verlag: Picador (27. Juni 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00500YCCC
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen absolutely brilliant, Hollinghurst at his best! 30. Juli 2012
Von Bee
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
What starts as an interesting story unfolds into a brilliant saga of a family and its handling of matters which are not supposed to be spoken about. The characters have an authentic feel, historical and political events are woven into the personal stories of the characters in a credible way. I couldn't put the book down once I had started reading. And I will definitely read it again after a while. A brilliant book by a marvellous storyteller.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Verjüngung 3. Januar 2013
Von Genießer
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Das neueste Werk von Alan Hollinghurst ist sehr sorgfältig aufgebaut: Von einer breiten Schilderung der Ereignisse um einen bisexuellen Dichter der eduardischen Epoche vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg durch immer kürzer werdenden Schilderungen von Ereignissen, die sich immer weiter vom vermuteten Vater des im Buchtitel erwähnten Kindes bis zu einer Trauerfeier erstrecken, wird dem Leser eine Welt der Liebesverhältnisse und sozialen Gegensätze unterbreitet, die sich immer näher auf ihren Untergang hinbewegt. Ein Meisterwerk des Gesellschaftsromans à la Forsythe-Saga mit anderen, nämlich homoerotischen Vorzeichen.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Gegen Ende hin ermüdend 11. September 2011
Von Michael Dienstbier TOP 500 REZENSENT
Format:Taschenbuch
2004 wurde Alan Hollinghurst für seinen Roman Line of Beauty mit dem Booker Prize ausgezeichnet. Und auch sein erstes Buch seit diesem Zeitpunkt hat es wieder auf die Longlist des diesjährigen Booker Prize geschafft. Auf der vor wenigen Tagen veröffentlichten Shortlist war "The Stranger's Child" dann aber nicht mehr zu finden, und das völlig zu Recht. Der Roman, der kurz vor Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkrieges beginnt und im Jahr 2008 endet, zieht sich gegen Ende doch arg in die Länge und ist auch nicht frei von Klischees.

England 1913: Auf dem Anwesen der Familie Sawles erwartet man gespannt den Besuch des Sohnes George, der in Cambridge studiert und den charmanten Dichter Cecil Valance zu Besuch mitbringt. Der Aufenthalt des Schreiberlings führt zu diversen hormonellen Verwirrungen. Daphne, die 16-jährige Tochter der Familie, verliebt sich in den Poeten und er sich auch in sie. Doch Cecil hat zeitgleich auch mit George was am laufen. Cecil steigt in den kommenden Jahren zum patriotischen Kriegsdichter mit nationalem Ruhm auf. Sein Tod am 1. Juli 1916, dem ersten Tag der legendären Somme-Offensive, an dem 20.000 britische Soldaten den Tod fanden, machen ihn zur Legende. Es ist vor allem das Vermächtnis Cecils und das weitere Leben Daphnes, welches in den folgenden Kapiteln bis hin zur Gegenwart im Mittelpunkt stehen.

Thematisch dreht sich dabei vieles um die Liebesgewohnheiten der Charaktere, wobei sich Hollinghurst vor allem auf schwule Beziehungen konzentriert. Die Darstellung der sexuellen Konventionen im Verlauf des 20.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My favourite sprawling British novel this year 3. August 2011
Von Kiwireads - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This beautifully written novel is a family saga, but so much more. It starts in 1913 with 16 year old Daphne Sawle lying in a hammock excitedly waiting for her brother George and his friend Cecil to come home for a long weekend. Home is "Two Acres" near London, where Daphne lives with her widowed mother Freda, her older brother Hubert, and George (when he's not at Cambridge). The book spans almost a century and we get to track the family members and their relations to one another in detail. There is also lots in here about how attitudes to World War 1 have changed, the Bloomsbury group and the war poets, how family myths get built up, and most of all, and not surprisingly because it's Alan Hollinghurst, how being gay in England has changed.

The Sawles are comfortably off, but not rich. They're acutely aware that Cecil comes from a much posher family, the Valances, and spend a fair bit of the weekend worrying about diong things right. For example, Jonah, one of their general house servants, is assigned to be Cecil's valet for the weekend, and has no clue what to do but pretends he does. George is infatuated with Cecil, whose strong personality comes through the whole novel. George worries about his mother and sister letting slip just how much detail he's told them about Cecil and his family. Lots happens during the weekend. (I'm trying to avoid spoilers!) It felt like a rewritten version of Brideshead Revisited near the start, only backwards - the rich boy comes into the poorer family home.

There are 5 or 6 parts to the book, and 15-20 years between parts. Figuring out what was going on at the start of every new part was great fun. I don't think it's giving much away to say that by the end of the book Cecil, George, Daphne, Hubert and the rest of the family have all died, and we're left with the myths surrounding their lives and the impact they have had on several generation.

I loved this book and really hope it wins the Booker this year. Comparing it to other Booker winners that I've read, it's much better than The Finkler Question, not as good as Wolf Hall or The Remains of the Day but I am still happy giving it 5 stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen WORTH THE LONG WAIT 1. Oktober 2011
Von Alan Dorfman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have a mixed history with Alan Hollinghurst's previous novels. His first book, "The Swimming Pool Library," is quite simply my favorite novel. At the other end of the spectrum, his most recent book, "The Line Of Beauty," I found to be a crushing disappointment. I apparently was in the minority opinion on that inasmuch as the novel won the Man Booker Award. The other novels fall somewhere in between.

"The Stranger's Child" is an example of a brilliant writer working at the top of his form, a multi-generational saga beginning before the first World War and ending in the late 1960s. I say "ending" advisedly inasmuch as part of the success of the novel is that the reader is left with the understanding that the story specifically, and life in general goes on beyond the final page.

A writer of stunningly descriptive prose, Mr. Hollinghurst has created a nearly overabundance of three-dimensional characters, the importance to the narrative of which is not always necessarily apparent. Real people brilliantly brought to life in both broad strokes and the tiniest details. All in service of a semi-linear story, the plot of which is less important than the concepts the writer wants to convey.

If you want a description of the plot you can look elsewhere in this listing. Among other things, "The Stranger's Child" is about the physical and emotional evolution of England as a country and as a people from the Victorian age to the pre-AIDS present. It is about changing nature of families and the secrets they contain. It is about emergence of homosexuality from the silent, glass closet into the light of a more enlightened age where same-sex love is now allowed to speak its name.

Ultimately "The Stranger's Child" is about memoir, biography and, by extension, reality itself. It's about how we see the past through the subjective eyes of people we don't know, who selectively choose details to disclose, often for selfish reasons. People who seldom "know" the whole story and shape their discussion of their role in the bigger picture based on the personal narrative they've created for themselves - regardless of accuracy. It's about the biographer with an agenda, personal and/or political, more interested in proving their point than searching for the truth. It's about how knowing the truth is not necessarily desired nor helpful. It's about how the past is recreated by the present, how the present is in and of itself inaccurate and how the future is influenced by our expectations of it.

But please don't let my description make you think "The Stranger's Child" is a dry, dusty, philosophic screed. The author makes his points within the context of full-blooded cast of characters (including architecture and gardens), in service of a fascinating, if at times somewhat predictable, narrative that is an involving, propulsive page turner that leaves the reader wanting more. I, for one, would love to see Alan Hollinghurst bring the narrative into the present date at some time in the future.

Alan Hollinghurst's "The Stranger's Child" is that rare literary phenomenon that is as gripping in equal parts for what it wants to say and the story and characters used in service of those goals. This review is an unqualified rave for a novel that is clearly amongst the author's greatest successes. All that's left to add is a request to the author to not take seven years to gift us with his next glittering prize.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It started off well... then it became a tough slog 9. Dezember 2011
Von tme - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I really wanted to love this book, and part 1 delivered. It was mysterious, unpredictable, beautifully written. But parts 2 and 3 felt like another writer took over and from then the book failed to fly and sing -- it was just a tough slog through the mud. I'm sorry to say it was so bad I put the book down in the middle of Part 3 because I was just too bored to go on. I didn't care about any of the characters by that point. The problem is, the author kills off or disappears the most interesting characters in the book, and he has an annoying habit of stopping the story just when relationships are STARTING to get interesting. And never picks up where he leaves off. There are too many other good books to read, I just called it a day on this one, and to me it's better to just stop at Part 1 and consider it a great little novella.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen If you're interested in biography ... 21. August 2011
Von Roseserious - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This novel starts as an English family saga in the style of Waugh, Powell or Mitford. The Valances are a gifted, eccentric ruling-class family with plenty of personal secrets.
Halfway through, Hollinghurst suddenly veers onto a completely different narrative track, introducing a man from an altogether different social background who will become the family's biographer. This change of focus is disconcerting, to say the least. Is it simply inept plotting, or is the author deliberately playing with his readers?
I found it worth sticking with Hollinghurst as he turned an apparently conventional social novel into a wonderful dissection of the elements of modern biography: the power plays between subject and researcher, the dangerous and swampy territory of 'fact', the existential crisis involved in becoming a biographer. A clever, rewarding read, even if it's not quite what you expect at the start.
If you liked Ian McEwan's Atonement, you might enjoy this.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Emotionally dull 4. Februar 2012
Von lovemurakami - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Where do I start with reviewing probably the favourite for the Booker prize 2011? Critics, reviewers and readers have all been waiting (so we are told) with baited breath for Hollinghurst to send forth his first novel since the Booker prize winning novel of 2004 The Line of Beauty. So...... does it deserve the critics praise which it has certainly been given since publication or is this a case of no one wanting to look ignorant or stand out and say actually it's not that great!

The book is broken down into five sections. In the first we meet the man whose legacy will impact upon the rest of the novel. Cecil Valance is a poet who if he'd lived long enough would have disappeared into probable obscurity, however his early death creates a legend whose name is forever to be linked with Rupert Brooke and a generation of young men who died in the First World War. We see Valance through the eyes of his young lover George Sawles and more importantly George's younger sister Daphne who creates the link with Cecil and the remainder of the novel. Whilst visiting their family home Two Acres, Valance writes a poem which will ensure his fame and notoriety. Churchill will go on to quote it and questions will be raised as to who the poem was meant for (is it George or Daphne who is at the heart of the verse).
The remaining four sections deals with the subsequent generations of the Valance/Sawles and how their lives have altered throughout the course of the 20th century but are still linked to a long dead poet.
The critics have said that with this novel Hollinghurst has addressed issues surrounding the lack of emotional depth to his characters and there is a beauty and fragility to his writing. I've got to admit that I found his characters shallow, uninteresting and pastiches of other characters in literature. The idea that this is a nostalgic novel which deals primarily with remembrance of the past and its ideas (especially literary memory) just doesn't work for me. Hollinghurst has produced a stereotypical view upper/middle class England which for me has no sense of reality or truth to it (in fact I often felt I was reading an Agatha Christie novel but at least with Christie you get a plot and of course a murder!). You get no real emotional attachment to any of the characters, they have no body or life in them, and I find it implausible the notion that over passing decades Valance's work would have been decried by successive academics/critics (seeing that the plot works on the notion of him to have been a mediocre writer). Hollinghurst seems wrapped up in the idea that people are obsessed with the notion of sexuality and even at the end of the novel which is set in 2008 that one really cares as to whether or not Valance was gay. I've got to admit at this point I just wanted it to end.
So maybe I am ignorant, maybe I am not capable of seeing the multilayered plot and the literary references which run throughout this novel. But I do know when I love something and I certainly didn't love this novel at all.
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