The Folding Starby Alan Hollinghurst
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 infatuationand plunges into affairs with two other menthis book interweaves past and present, history and memory, into a tapestry of unfulfillable desire.
- Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
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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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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.
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.
One of the worst books I've ever read half of.