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The Line of Beauty

  • THE LINE OF BEAUTY, by Alan Hollignhurst. A writer I admire greatly, I immediately wanted to compare this with his earlier work FALLEN STAR. BEAUTY is a vast and heavy novel with wide, contemporary themes. Both books are filled with wit and sparkle, FALLEN perhaps a little more acidic. Both have graphic scenes of gay sex, but in BEAUTY, this feels better handled; the hedonistic life style is well described. I think of him as the Jane Austin of gay fiction.(UK 2004)