Publisher description for The line of beauty / Alan Hollinghurst.


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In the summer of 1983, 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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: University of Oxford Alumni and alumnae Fiction, Notting Hill (London, England) Fiction, Male friendship Fiction, Social classes Fiction, Married people Fiction, Legislators Fiction, Rich people Fiction, Young men Fiction, Gay men Fiction