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The Swimming Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst

By Dave McCoy

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. The book focuses on 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.



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"The Swimming Pool library is a deeply erotic novel through the depiction of homosexual relationships during the 80's. It is one of the most exiting novels which cleary deciphers the felling's and emotions within homosexual relationships. I think this is an excellent novel and I would recomend it to everyone who I know to read it."


"For some reason I was, and am, rather drawn to this book. In a way, it's a congereries of cliche'd themes and arrangements as per the gay world (inverted commas?). I am not gay nor British---but the book's methods and messages are plain as day to me. (Perhaps the thug's boot bespoiling Firbank's 'Flower' is just a bit much!) Lacks a real ending, a true closure, but perhaps it doesn't need one. And what grace, what easy effortless style!"


"Voyeur was the role I adopted when reading The Swimming Pool Library. It was a portrait of a world I knew little about and was absolutely fascinated, if a little appalled, at it.

Prose and wit of the novel was wonderful."


"A superb read encourages one to think that "Queer" is the norm!"




Author: Alan Hollinghurst

Released: August 12, 1988


Availability: Hardcover, Paperback

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