The Folding Star

The Folding Star

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by Alan Hollinghurst
     
 

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In self-imposed exile in an ancient Flemish city, an embittered 33-year-old language tutor, Edward Manners, falls in love with his alluring 17-year-old pupil, Luc Altidore. As Edward pursues the elusive object of his infatuation—and plunges into affairs with two other men—this book interweaves past and present, history and memory, into a tapestry of

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In self-imposed exile in an ancient Flemish city, an embittered 33-year-old language tutor, Edward Manners, falls in love with his alluring 17-year-old pupil, Luc Altidore. As Edward pursues the elusive object of his infatuation—and plunges into affairs with two other men—this book interweaves past and present, history and memory, into a tapestry of unfulfillable desire.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hollinghurst's (The Swimming Pool Library) erotic novel of a language tutor's obsession with his teenage pupil was a Booker Prize finalist. (Oct.)
Washington Post Book World
"Hollinghurst is a writer of unusual talent and of striking achievement."
New York Review of Books
"An immense pleasure to read, [filled with] funniness and poetry, handled with amazing sensitivity and accuracy."
Boston Phoenix
"Alan Hollinghurst may be the best living writer of erotic fiction, gay or straight.he renders with haunting precision love's merging of language and lust."

Newsday
"[This novel] splendidly evokes an airless, achy melancholy set off by unrequited love in a story as laden with emotion as it is shaped by artistry."
Boston Globe
"His fluid prose, with its dense accruing of detail and richly allusive quality, is that of an early modern writer. Hollinghurst is closer to Mann or Nabokov than to his contemporaries."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679436058
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/15/1994
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.42(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Hollinghurst is the author of The Swimming-Pool Library and The Spell. He has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. His most recent novel, The Line of Beauty, won the Man Booker Prize for fiction and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in London.

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The Folding Star 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't normally re-read books very often, but I do find myself re-reading this book nearly once a year. It's a very romantic tale of discovery.
JerryM More than 1 year ago
While I was rather uncomfortable with the overall action of the novel (a grown man, basically purposeless who revels in drinking and sex, lusting over and wondering how to sexually connect with a teenaged boy) and sometimes put off by the dense descriptive writing, this book has some wonderful aspects: 1) a study of art (specifically painting and the artist who made them); 2) an exploration of obsession (the protagonist for the boy and the artist for his muse); 3) some of the vagaries of love; 4) a story of a past relationship (and the tragedy of the former beloved); and 5) the story of the only real friend the protagonist makes in his foreign city. The writer introduces a lot of different characters and situations throughout, but also ties them up. That is also a fine quality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books I've ever read half of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago