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An edition of The Line of Beauty (2004)

The Line of Beauty

a novel

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An edition of The Line of Beauty (2004)

The Line of Beauty

a novel

1st U.S. ed. (3)
  • 3.00 ·
  • 2 Ratings
  • 53 Want to read
  • 0 Currently reading
  • 3 Have read
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Publisher
Bloomsbury
Language
English
Pages
438

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It is the summer of 1983, and twenty-year-old Nick Guest has moved 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, who becomes both a friend to Nick and his uneasy responsibility.

As the boom years of the mid-eighties unfold, Nick, an innocent in matters of politics and money, becomes caught up in the Feddens' world--its grand parties, its surprising alliances, its parade of monsters both comic and menacing. In an era of endless possibility, he finds himself able to pursue his own private obsession with beauty--a prize as compelling to him as power and riches to his friends. An affair with a young black clerk gives him his first experience of romance, but it is a later affair with a beautiful millionaire that will change his life drastically and bring into question the larger fantasies of a ruthless decade.

Framed by the two general elections that returned Margaret Thatcher to power, The Line of Beauty unfurls through four extraordinary years of change and tragedy. Richly textured, emotionally charged, disarmingly funny, this is a major work by one of our finest writers. (front flap)

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Book Details


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New York

Edition Notes

Genre
Fiction
Copyright Date
2004

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
823/.914
Library of Congress
PR6058.O4467 L56 2004
lccn_permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/2004047660

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
438 p. ;
Number of pages
438

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23273165M
Internet Archive
lineofbeautynove00holl
ISBN 10
1582345082
ISBN 13
9781582345086
LCCN
2004047660
OCLC/WorldCat
55495152, 1034544192
Library Thing
1867062
Goodreads
58635245

First Sentence

"PETER CROWTHER'S BOOK on the election was already in the shops."

Work Description

It is the summer of 1983, and twenty-year-old Nick Guest has moved 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, who becomes both a friend to Nick and his uneasy responsibility.

As the boom years of the mid-eighties unfold, Nick, an innocent in matters of politics and money, becomes caught up in the Feddens' world--its grand parties, its surprising alliances, its parade of monsters both comic and menacing. In an era of endless possibility, he finds himself able to pursue his own private obsession with beauty--a prize as compelling to him as power and riches to his friends. An affair with a young black clerk gives him his first experience of romance, but it is a later affair with a beautiful millionaire that will change his life drastically and bring into question the larger fantasies of a ruthless decade.

Framed by the two general elections that returned Margaret Thatcher to power, The Line of Beauty unfurls through four extraordinary years of change and tragedy. Richly textured, emotionally charged, disarmingly funny, this is a major work by one of our finest writers.

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