The Folding Star: A Novel

The Folding Star: A Novel

by Alan Hollinghurst

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Overview

The 1995 Booker Prize finalist.

Alan Hollinghurst's hypnotic and exquisitely written novel tells the story of Edward Manners, a disaffected 33-year-old who leaves England to earn his living as a language tutor in a Flemish city. Almost immediately he falls in love with one of his pupils, but can only console himself with other, illicit affairs. With this novel, Hollinghurst exposes us fearlessly to the consequences of unfulfillable, annihilating desire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596918108
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/17/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 567,148
File size: 1 MB

About 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.
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 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 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.
Bembo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Edward Manners takes up his position as private tutor in English to a couple of boys in Flanders. One boy, Marcel, the son of an expert in the fictitious painter Orst, the other the enchantingly beautiful seventeen year oldLuc, son of a parents now separated. Manners, who is in his early thirties, tells of his time in the Flemish city, and along the way fills in much about his own background and friends, including his early sexual exploits with boys at school and on the common.Marcel's father takes a close interest in Edward, and enlists him in his compilation of the catalogue of Orst's work, and much of the novel dwells on the artist, his life and his work. But we also follow Edward as he makes new friends, including Chrerif who becomes his lover, and the enigmatic and insular Matt with his interesting and inventive ways of making money.Inevitably manners fall in love with Luc, becoming obsessed with the boy, and longs to seduce him, and as he learns more about Luc the chances of achieving his aim seem more and more likely.The Folding Star is hauntingly beautiful story, as much due to the quality of the descriptive powers of the prose. If I have a complaint it is that Hollinghusrt is a little too intent on the creation of the artist Edgard Orst, with several long passages devoted to him. Yet the story is very involving, and regularly throws up new twists and revelations as it winds its way to its somewhat unresolved conclusion.
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