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The Swimming Pool Library | [Alan Hollinghurst]

The Swimming Pool Library

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.
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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.

©2006 Alan Hollinghurst; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Christopher Sheung WanHong Kong 12-06-07
    Christopher Sheung WanHong Kong 12-06-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting but..."

    I kind of enjoyed it, I spent most of the time facinated by the lifestyle of the era (1970's) and the research into the days of the time before. I kept expecting their posh bubble to burst but disappointingly it is not the point of the story, then again any point would have been good. Unless the point is that posh lives are pointless.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Zion Cave Creek, AZ, United States 08-22-10
    Zion Cave Creek, AZ, United States 08-22-10
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    "Disturbing"

    Highly recommend not reading this. I tried to keep an open mind throughout most of the book, but it continually toyed closer and closer to sex with underage boys. I know in England that it's legal to have sex with young men as early as 16, but this book even crosses that boundary, and tries to paint it as fun and flippant.

    I believe the author to be perverted, there is no celebration of true love between men of legal age. It relishes in perverseness. It really bothered me, and I couldn't finish the last quarter of the book. The plot sucks, by the way, and it's extremely long winded most of the time.

    I actually got my money back from Audible after writing them an email explaining my issues with it. They were nice about it. Save your money and your credits, pass this one by.

    3 of 19 people found this review helpful

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