The Folding Star: A Novel [Alan Hollinghurst] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Edward Manners – thirty-three, disaffected, in search of a. The Folding Star [Alan Hollinghurst] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Booker Prize finalist finally back in print. ‘An extraordinary book which takes the reader into a world of obsession and mystery The Folding Star is lit by insight and humour’ Evening Standard.

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Paperbackpages. I have a glimmer of a person who once enjoyed poetry and wrote poetry before he became a man preoccupied with thee next sexual encounter and little else.

His descriptions do justice to a sleepy Flemish museum: Absurd, but I wanted a greeting, even across five hundred years. Lovers of “While England Slept”. The Line of Beauty: The novel is the story foding a gay English man, Edward Manners, who, disaffected with life, moves to a town in Flanders where he teaches two students English. I enjoyed Okay, so. Retrieved from ” https: I occasionally thought of rating the novel four stars.

I was constantly thinling Hollinghurst is a joy to read. I think it’s a subversion of the superman theory along the lines of Crime and Punishment. He was pink faced at the privilege of it and chattered solemnly until my nervous silence, my curt demands for help with road-signs and turnings, affected him too, rather as a parent’s misery seeps into a child and subdues it.

Edward Manners, from a village south of London, took a tutoring job in Belgium where he meets weekly with two male high schoolers wrong term to improve their conversational English sufficiently for them to get enrolled in a top-notch university.

It provokes the mind in myriad ways gollinghurst push the boundaries of articulation and express its pain in delectable ways.


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Also, that sex scene. To him this is a grand adventure. The writing is beautiful.

At the same time, the uninhibited homosexuality of his protagonists ths the contemporary gay scene is written with a straightforward and absolutely no-holds-barred honesty; the compelling mix of austerity and mischievousness in his work has delighted critics and readers alike. Hated that every woman in teh book was either in love with a gay man, stealing straight men from gay men or only around to nurse the gay men as they die from AIDS. Meeting them both was like meeting filmstars, their aura and beauty put weights on your tongue.

Martin Amis and Edmund White do not evoke this feeling any longer, though I love them; Updike did, if in his last decade only journalistically. But there is a shockingly original crafting here.

Hollinghurst isn’t trying to be impartial, nor is he condoning anything here. Aug 27, Christopher Barnes rated it it was amazing. Tears slipped down my face, I didn’t really know why-it felt like gratitude, but hkllinghurst they were the tears that register some deep displacement, a bereavement sending up its sudden choking wave.

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That is, in a complicated way that indulges his very strong personality. The cast of characters in this novel —mostly gay men in the UK and Belgium—were a challenge for this reader to track.

To ask other readers questions about The Folding Starplease sign up. Please try again later. It may be so because pain is more suitable for reading than pleasure – it is substantial and life-affecting in a foldjng that pleasure can only aspire to be.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I prefer to believe Luc flies to freedom from his dysfunctional life, to discover himself. Still — a kindred spirit.


It rather looks as if they created the Kindle edition by scanning a print edition, and the text recognition software hasn’t always worked. There hollinghugst an interesting intermezzo in England in the middle where we got a lot of back story with more punch and heart, which had me turning the pages faster, though the real story was the rather more elaborate and long-winded frame story in Belgium. Unfortunately I never mustered up enough interest in the character to ever feel any sympathy.

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Aug 07, Matt Frear added it. Write a customer review. By association, Edward comes across as someone equally unpleasant. See all 38 reviews. Many of the characters Manners, Orst, Marcel’s father, Luc are marked by obsession with others. View all 4 comments. In my opinion, Hollinghurst’s best book – although they are all great!

Edward ends up working for curator of Orst’s museum and biographer Paul. It’s always the same with Alan Hollinghurst: I am a fan of a wide variety of books; those that are all gripping plot without much depth; those that This book had its moments. It was a triumph. Sep 27, Jessica Gaskin rated it it was ok Shelves: This book is fascinating but not in a good way. It was a generally interesting read but at times felt more like an overtly pornographic novel.

This book had its moments. I listened to three hours of sixteen, and I’ve stopped.