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The Swimming-Pool Library
The Swimming-Pool Library | Alan Hollinghurst
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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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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jenniferw88
The Swimming-Pool Library | Alan Hollinghurst
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🎶 love don't come easy, it's a game of give and take 🎶

#youcanthurrylove #SeptemberSins @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain

Have tagged one of the lgbtq books my homosexual teacher taught me, as it's Mark's turn today.

And I've just finished 'The Strange Death of Europe' by Douglas Murray - 3 🌟. #24b4monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

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Birdsong28
Swimming Pool Library | Alan Hollinghurst
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Crazeedi What will they think of next! 😉 5mo
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jenniferw88
The Swimming-Pool Library | Alan Hollinghurst
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The entire story is set in London and its calling William Beckwith's name! #londoncalling #wanderingjune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cindy, if you enjoy Sparshalt Affair I can recommend this one!

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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. ⬇️

jenniferw88 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. 6mo
BarbaraBB I really enjoyed this one. Almost as much as 6mo
squirrelbrain I have a copy of this on my TBR shelf - I *will* get to it soon...! 😁 6mo
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CarolynM I started this a long time ago but couldn't get into it. I will try again one day. I started The Line of Beauty today @BarbaraBB Enjoying it so far🙂 (edited) 6mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I hope it‘ll stay that way! 6mo
Cinfhen Sounds good,Jenny!!! I think I‘ll add it to my #TBR ❤️ 6mo
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KarenUK
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#bookhaul 📚
Just finished ‘The Sparsholt Affair‘ and loved the author‘s writing so much, I couldn‘t resist picking up 3 more!
Thanks goodness for my B&N employee discount! 😊

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thank you for introducing me to this author! Im reading up on his stuff on Goodreads and want to read EVERYTHING! 8mo
BarbaraBB I loved The Line of Beauty and the Swimming pool library! 8mo
TrishB I want to read The Line of Beauty too! Even more now @BarbaraBB is recommending! 8mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB You‘ll love it! 8mo
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Liz_M
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The March TBR is almost doable.

BarbaraBB I loved the Erpenbeck. I hope you will too! 9mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I'd better -- I suggested it for my bookclub's Match book 😁 9mo
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Emilymdxn
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Mehso-so

Not bad but not great. I liked the plot and the themes, and the old lord‘s life, but I just couldn‘t be interested in the protagonist at all. I just spent the whole novel judging him which I‘m guessing wasn‘t the point. I‘d rather have read it from the old mans perspective with the young man as a side character.

Also just a matter of personal taste but even tho I‘m partly attracted to men, I can only read descriptions of erections for so long.

MicheleinPhilly 😂😂 1y
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Emilymdxn
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I‘m still in hardcore revision mode for the #manbooker #literaryfestival next weekend! Only a few authors are getting a word in edgeways this week!

So far this is definitely not my favourite Hollinghurst. Line of Beauty and Stranger‘s Child felt a lot deeper and more beautiful than this, they were sexy but this one more feels just sort of smutty? Not warming to the protagonist at all - not that I can only read books with protagonists I like tho

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jenniferw88
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Downtown always reminds me of the cinema scenes in the tagged book.

#booksandmusic @maich #Marchinbooks

GarthRanzz Funny. Downtown always reminds me of Seinfeld. 😊 2y
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thebeercolonel
The Swimming-Pool Library | Alan Hollinghurst
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Galloping gibbons you should read this book, fantastic literary gay novel capturing British gay life in the 20th century up to the 1980s, and the sex scenes are amazing in a very literary way .

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jenniferw88
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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

I had been looking forward so much to reading this book after The Line of Beauty, that maybe it had to be a bit disappointing. The story is about a young gay man working his way through London gay life. He meets an old Lord who asks him to write his biography. To me, the story of this Lord wasn't very interesting, and the end of the story pretty obvious.
Still, Hollinghurst writes very good and it was a pleasure to read the book. #1001books

jenniferw88 I liked this book - if you research the history behind the old Lord then it may become more significant to you as a reader. 2y
BarbaraBB Oh really? I didn't know that, i'll make sure to do so, thanks for mentioning it! 2y
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jenniferw88
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I'm not homophobic, but there are some unhealthy #gay relationships in this book for @Cinfhen's #badromance #lyricalapril challenge.

Cinfhen Homophobic ~~Lady Gaga would not approve 🙅🏼#BornThisWay 🎵👭👫👬#LoveIsLove (edited) 3y
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readingcities
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- epigram to the swimming pool library

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tylerlazer
The Swimming-Pool Library | Alan Hollinghurst
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Mehso-so

The prose are gorgeous, a strength in the other Hollinghurst novels I've read. It's not much on plot. It is heavy on gay eroticism, which is fine by me but keeps me from recommending this wholeheartedly. I also noticed the kind of fascist turn often leveled at white gay culture to be present in this book. The Line of Beauty is better, The Stranger's Child worse.