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The ‘denouement’ is the last paragraph and what happens fllding Luc is left to the reader. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. More about that some other time. This was not the case in The Folding Star.

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Yes, I understand that the parallel was the whole point, but nonetheless the plot really stagnated there. The prose is resplendent and Hollinghurst has a way with words that most writers would kill for.

This book had its moments. I find him psychologically astute and often much funnier than he is generally given credit for.

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In my opinion, Hollinghurst’s best book – although they are all great! This, his second novel, is also likely to receive considerable praise-and excoriation. His descriptions do justice to a thhe Flemish museum: Pantheon; 1st American ed edition October 4, Language: Thus the disappearance of Jane Byron, Orst’s beautiful model, and later of Luc, Edward’s version of Tadzio, represents how cruel life can be to those who worship at Fhe altar.

Many of the characters Manners, Orst, Marcel’s father, Luc are marked by obsession with others. I love that he writes things like this: He has come to Belgium in a sort of self-exile and takes digs eking out an existence as an English tutor to two boys, one fllding whom becomes his object of desire. Lovers of fine fiction, words, and Gay life in the ’80s. Or as an expanded Death in Venice On one hand, I absolutely adored it the language was so beautiful, holy shit but then there was stuff that bothered me.


Tears slipped down my face, I didn’t really know why-it felt like gratitude, but also they were the tears that register some deep displacement, a bereavement sending up its sudden tsar wave.

His character is the only other one besides Edward whose sexual history is revealed. Our protagonist Edward Manners, being possessed of a superiority that comes with good looks and education, is quietly seductive and constantly on the make.

Even his gorgeous patches are set-pieces that spread over several pages. But some sections were great, and perhaps those with more patience with a slower plot and heavy descriptions of sub-plots would feel differently about it.

That is, in a complicated way that indulges his very strong personality. To me, Hollinghurst is one of the best contemporary writers.

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Parts of it were wonderful, particularly those focusing on Edward’s obsessive behaviour, and the ending, while unresolved, offered up some startlin Very hard to decide how to rate this novel – there were moments of intense frustration when I wanted to give up on it because Hollinghurst got so bogged down in details that didn’t seem to further the plot the history of Edgar Orst, for instancethen there would be a passage of such transcendent brilliance that I just had to give it another chance.


I prefer to believe Luc flies to freedom from his dysfunctional life, to discover himself. Unfortunately the overriding feeling hollingnurst me coming out of this book was ‘clunky’.

In contrast, ‘s The Spell is a lighter gay comedy of manners set between the London clubbing scene and a pastoral Dorset weekend residence.

But the alqn section, in which the protagonist returns to the small southern town where he grew up for the funeral of his first love, is astonishing – a perfect pi The majority of this book is a combined homage to Bruges-la-Morte and Death in Venice, and didn’t especially grab me precisely because it was so much in their shadow – though as ever with Hollinghurst it is enlivened by some marvelous descriptions of cocks, at once literary, filthy and instantly evocative of the members in question.

Apr 30, Alastair rated it liked it. Or as an expanded Death in Hollknghurst He spoils all the fun. The first half is one story, the second using the main character is another and the final is totally confusing going back to the original story of sexual obsession.

Someone disappears, people folsing and then nothing. It’s about how yearning about a beautiful object can lead to obsession, and nearly take over own’s life.