The Swimming-Pool Library

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Title:The Swimming-Pool Library
Author: Alan Hollinghurst
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Release Date: September 30th 2010
Genre(s): Literary Fiction, European Literature
Page Count: 304
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Young, gay, William Beckwith spends his time, and his trust fund, idly cruising London for erotic encounters. When he saves the life of an elderly man in a public convenience an unlikely job opportunity presents itself – the man, Lord Nantwich, is seeking a biographer. Will agrees to take a look at Nantwich’s diaries. But in the story he unravels, a tragedy of twentieth-century gay repression, lurk bitter truths about Will’s own privileged existence.

This book is extremely good written.
Very erotic and very gay-ish.

It could have had 50 pages less or 100 pages more, it wouldn’t have had any influence on the story-line.
(What a story-line?!)

It doesn’t have a typical beginning, culminating and ending.
Here the journey itself is a destination.

It is for sure a book I’d like to re-read some day and invest more time in it.

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