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Todd

Providence, RI, United States

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  • The Swimming Pool Library

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

    Aoife says: "Beautifully Written and Read"
    "Smutty, self-absorbed and pointless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think there may have been an idea related to identity hidden somewhere in this book, but if so it was safely concealed beneath episode after episode of meaningless sexual encounters described in graphic detail.

    I came away from this book feeling disappointed and repelled by both the characters and the author. If there was a point to this story, I really don't know what it was.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Hollinghurst again?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Angered by the image of gay men presented in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money on this one.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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