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Alan Hollinghurst
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19. September 1989 Vintage International
A literary sensation and bestseller both in England and America, The Swimming-Pool Library is an enthralling, darkly erotic novel of homosexuality before the scourge of AIDS; an elegy, possessed of chilling clarity, for ways of life that can no longer be lived with impunity. "Impeccably composed and meticulously particular in its observation of everything" (Harpers & Queen), it focuses on the friendship of two men: William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, an old Africa hand, searching for someone to write his biography and inherit his traditions.

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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Vintage Intl. (19. September 1989)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0679722564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679722564
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 13,3 x 2,1 cm
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"Easily one of [1988's] most important debuts...A buoyant, smart, irrepressibly sexy book...that has the heft and resonance of a classic modernist novel, the sprawl and surprise of an intimate memoir." -- Village Voice Literary Supplement"The swimming-pool library beautifully welds the standard conventions of fiction to a tale of modern transgressions. It tells of impurities with shimmering elegance, of complexities with a camp-fired wit and of truths with a fiction's solid grace." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Absorbing and delightful...some of the brightest, smartest writing to come along in a long time." -- Houston Post


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5.0 von 5 Sternen On the Gay Fiction shelf... 1. Juni 2000
Von S. Maruta
Englis book stores have those small alcoves that read "Gay and lesbian fiction", which I've always found very funny, say how do you classify In search of lost time: "Gay and straight fiction by gay author"?
But I'm digressing... I found Holinghurst's novel on one such shelf and I devoured it, because I liked everything in it: the language, the settings and the characters. I was especially moved by the elderly Lord N. because his story belongs to a time that is lost: Edwardian homosexuality. I am not gay but I am truly fascinated by this era of (relative) sexual freedom that was born in Cambridge and Oxford at the turn of the century, in the shadow of Oscar Wilde's downfal. Nearly all of the Bloomsbury group were gay at one time or another!
I cannot say I could relate as easily to contemporary, be it early 80s, gay mores but that hardly matters. On top of it, there are very erotic descriptions of the "love that dared not speak its name" (as Proust wd have said) which I found extremely enjoyable.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen High Degrees of Braininess and Trashiness 21. Februar 2000
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A young English gay man from privileged class meets octogenarian privileged English gay man in a cruisy public restroom and later agrees to read older man's diaries and consider writing his biography. The reader sees similarities and differences between the lives of sexually prolific(?) homosexuals whose sexually active years occurred before and after gay sex became legal in England. Lots of titillating descriptions of men's bodies and sassy turns of phrase. The structure of the novel is inspired. Treat yourself!
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Beckwith is a self-serving protagonist. The man is self-absorbed and has no pathos ...until the unforgiving conclusion. Beckwith is an inspired creature I must admit. We find a man who has all the things he thought he wanted. Does that remind you of someone you know? Beckwith's reminiscences and research of Lord Nantwitch reveal a trove of desire still left unclaimed and unrealized. The comparison and contrast of Beckwith and Nantwitch unmistakably defines Beckwith's situation. He has filled his life with all of the modern creature comforts and has somehow loved himself so much that he now has no one to love him back. The man is utterly alone in his crowded world with no one to understand him. Hollinghurst has made a statement about the value of such living and it is familiar and sad to many of us.
The novel is full of dark and isolated sex and conflict. There is little drama but a lot of thinking going on, until the end. I was disturbed by this novel; it evoked feelings of inadequacy and discontent that I had long shrouded with meaningless little trophies and monuments I had erected to myself.
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Von TDrinkrrr
The 'gayness' of this book, whilst integral to the work (and AH's other novel, the Folding Star), should not mislead readers into thinking this is 'gay' fiction (what a horrible generalisation that is, like lumping Jane Austen and Henry Miller under 'straight fiction'!). On the contrary, the fact that the author makes us party to Will's world, his mental and sexual life, whether we're gay or not is testament to the quality of the writing.
Book reviewers have a nasty hyperbolic habit. That book they said you should fight to get a copy of all too often turns out be a turkey that --as Dorothy Parker said-- 'should not be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force'. But trust me on this one; it's one of the finest novels I've ever read. Buy it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Precious Portrait 7. Februar 2000
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It's really a chore to easily categorize this book and the only thing for sure is that its protagonist is a character one would not likely forget easily. There's all the stuff of a easy read- relatively simple language, established plot devices, etc- but the tone itself is high literary and the ending is very unconventional. Most striking about this novel is that you cannot really comprehend how skilled an observer of manners and people the novelist is until you encounter someone in real-life that very much resembles Beckwith. You quickly realize that Hollinghurst has not gone the easy route and created an exxagerated character but has rather beautifully and faithfully rendered into fiction a most remarkable but also distressing social type.
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