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  • The Stranger's Child

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated By James Daniel Wilson
    Overall
    (36)
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    (30)
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    (29)

    In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate—a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance—to his family’s modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to.

    Here-and-faraway says: "I Hated For It To End"
    "A Sorry Story from a Gift Writer"
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    What disappointed you about The Stranger's Child?

    The author goes on and on without sharing any sense of his destination.


    Has The Stranger's Child turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, the book


    What does James Daniel Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well read.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you are a militant gay, convinced that every other male is secretly gay, you might enjoy the book. If, however, you see the world as a mix of gay and straight -- you'll be frustrated by the lack of straight characters...and by the inclusion of those from the British upper class that would certainly have been part of the story if a more balanced author had been at the keyboard.


    Any additional comments?

    Hollinghurst's earlier work - particularly The Swimming Pool Diaries - is much more compelling. This book felt like Downton Abbey without with, pathos, or characters you cared about. (Don't even get me going about the ending...)

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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