This book was pretty gay. No, seriously! Also, I think a swimming-pool library would be a bad idea because the moisture would damage the books. Hollinghurst also wrote "The Line of Beauty" and is friends with Edward St. Aubyn.
I found this book a little disjointed. Given that it really is a slice of life, of a young man who leads a disjointed life, it's hardly surprising, but I found asking myself: where is this going? Whatever happened to that character or this one? I suppose in a life of promiscuity and flightiness, it makes sense and give a true colour of a certain lifestyle - certainly I liked the raw and cruel writing. There are some thing I thoroughly enjoyed, however: the numerous descriptions of architecture that permeated through the book and gave it an eerie and dissolute sensation, from Charles's basement and club to the pool and cinema - these intense and mysterious spaces lend fabulous depth to the novel. Then, of course, was the unexpected twist and subsequent reflection which veered the novel to a new awareness.
A unique and surprising read.
This is the first novel by the poet and short-story writer Alan Hollinghurst. It clearly demonstrates his talent in this medium. The Swimming-Pool Library is marvelous to read, filled with superb writing and imagination in the form of characters, their idiosyncratic behavior, and the events that shape their lives.
The book focuses on the homosexual life of the main character. However, it is much more a book about human behavior, explained through the experiences of a young man and the personalities of the individuals he encounters. This excellent novel is an example of why works of art should not be branded and categorized. The subject matter is what it is, but the work is universal.
A young gay man in London learns a thing or two. A revenge subplot reminiscent of Miss Haversham. Vividly written and entertaining.
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