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READ í The Swimming Pool Library ã ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Swimming Pool Library By Alan Hollinghurst ⚣ – Eyltransferservices.co.uk A literary sensation and bestseller both in England and America The Swimming Pool Library is an enthralling darkly erotic novel of homosexuality before the scourge of AIDS; an elegy possessed of chYoung gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity and the elderly Lord Nantwich an old Africa hand searching for someone to write his The Swimming ePUB #241 biography and inherit his traditions. One star partly as revenge for making me read the phrase I very much wanted to fuck his big muscly bum That wasn't actually the worst line but the others were too racist to be uite so funny I really hated this narrator can you tell

The Swimming Pool LibraryYoung gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity and the elderly Lord Nantwich an old Africa hand searching for someone to write his The Swimming ePUB #241 biography and inherit his traditions. One star partly as revenge for making me read the phrase I very much wanted to fuck his big muscly bum That wasn't actually the worst line but the others were too racist to be uite so funny I really hated this narrator can you tell

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The Swimming Pool Library È For ways of life that can no longer be lived with impunity Impeccably composed and meticulously particular in its observation of everything Harpers ueen it focuses on the friendship of two men William Beckwith a. Given the number of sex scenes that Alan Hollinghurst crams into his books approximately one every other page you'd think it would be enjoyable for him as well as the reader to inject a bit of variation In fact they all follow broadly the same template lingering description of a younger man's abschestarse; comparative analysis of cock size and appearance; followed by a rough penetration in which the narcissistic central character is invariably in the active role Sometimes if he's feeling particularly expansive he'll throw in a rimming As a result the experience of reading The Swimming Pool Library is a bit like flicking through somebody else's Grindr account vicariously interesting for about five minutes uickly becoming repetitive and not a little depressingIn contrast to the excellent Line of Beauty which takes place at the height of the AIDS epidemic The Swimming Pool Library is set in the early 1980s at which time it was apparently still possible to have daily unprotected sex with strangers with no adverse physical health effects other than the occasional beating by right wing skinheads Not as fun as it sounds if this book is anything to go by In fairness to the author the book's title strongly suggests that this is supposed to be a not entirely flattering portrayal of the superficiality of a certain type of urban physical beauty obsessed gay scene So the joyless repetitiveness and preening self absorption is clearly deliberate and intended to make a point Fair enough But for this reader at least the point had been well made by about the 20% mark after which the book really needed to go in some new directions By 70% it still hadn't at which stage I couldn't summon sufficient interest in the characters to read any further READ & DOWNLOAD Ì EYLTRANSFERSERVICES.CO.UK â Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst â 1 READ

Alan Hollinghurst â 1 READ A literary sensation and bestseller both in England and America The Swimming Pool Library is an enthralling darkly erotic novel of homosexuality before the scourge of AIDS an elegy possessed of chilling clarity. i'll start off with a blanket statement many novels of the Gay Fiction subgenre will fall within two categories 1 Coming of Age Tales in which the protagonist struggles to come out often against his unsympathetic surroundings often tender; occasionally mawkish2 a category that i like to call Gay World Novels in which oh everyone is pretty much gay fine dream on gays dream on if you can't live itdream itto me the self relegation of most gay novels between these two categories can be annoying but i suppose understandable gays have to come out of the closet and so this intense experience is perfectly paired with the classic coming of age tale's structure and gays are also often rejected by straight society so why not rejoice in the telling of tales that in turn reject that straight world that rolls its eyes at it that have narratives that seem to posit that straights are the actual minority Swimming Pool falls suarely within that second categorythe novel is about a repulsive and useless parasite a shallow and superficial upper class twit obsessed solely with sex entirely without any ualities whatsoever except i suppose his aristocratic lineage and his apparently smashing good looks and large endowment unfortunately the protagonist somehow thinks that he's not a complete waste of space even unfortunately the author seems to think that he's not so bad that his thoughts and interests and obsessions and general behavior are not completely infantile and boring well i beg to differ hollinghurstthis is a book of so many wasted opportunities that it becomes truly disgusting the writer knows how to write his style is elegant and subtle and full of long brave sentences and carefully drawn mysteries and surprisingly ambiguous characterization and he throws it all away by writing about a world THAT CARES ABOUT NOTHING EXCEPT FOR SEX give me a fucking break hollinghurst is this how you see gay people do they think of nothing but checking people out eyeing the package of every single dude that crosses their path rating each body ignoring all women living for moments that are only about the interwining of bodies the randomly chosen hook up the spilling of various fluids do they not have other thoughts have they no other interests no other inner or outer life do their interior monologues consist of nothing but the drooling study of the beauty of the male form are they incapable of even the slightest depth do all gays live to celebrate the flesh and for nothing else whatsoever when our narrator greets his long lost lover by ripping his pants down and burying his face in his ass is this supposed to be palpably romantic rather than absurd and farcicalthe novel wastes a golden opportunity in the story of the elderly and very gay Lord Nantwich whose diaries the protagonist is working his way through as he considers writing a bio of the lord's life learning about this elderly gent's story could have been fascinating a tale of england's colonial past adventures in africa a recounting of london during some very interesting times all seen through the lense of an upper class gay outsider but 'tis not to be like the narrator of the present Lord Nantwich is magically surrounded by gay acuaintances and probably gay or maybe bisexual african natives almost every single person that either character meets past or present is gay or probably gay or bisexual and even worse and much like the narrator of the present Lord Nantwich is also disinterested in recounting anything whatsoever that isn't about getting off and ogling all the gay chaps around him such a potentially vivid life and all he is primarily interested in is getting some action both characters are resoundingly pathetic and yet hollinghurst appears to think there is something brave about Lord Nantwich and something charming about our feckless pointless narrator at one point the protagonist idly thumbs through his best friend's diary naturally his best friend is also obsessed with sex i guess that's how gays are right they simply have no other intereststhere was one thing that consistently amused me in a good way the effete and fatuous ueen of a lead character is also a rough tough top i like that it is always interesting when expectations and stereotypes are subverted sadly those instances are the only examples of any kind of subversivenessa part of the novel that struck me as particularly foul was the sexualization of kids yes kids can be sexual i know this of course but almost an entire chapter devoted to salivating over a junior boxing championship a short seuence where the narrator describes a family man lovingly patting his child while also lovingly caressing his own hard on described as some kind of deep connectionseriously hollinghurst the title is laughable the narrator's constant presence at the local english euivalent of the ymca swimming pool is metaphorically tied to his dreamy past hooking up with guys in the school swimming pool both of which are thematically linked up with Lord Nantwich's rather hedonistic private pool that is some serious over reaching there hollinghurstthe novel has a deeply creepy obsession with race specifically blacks Lord Nantwich is obsessed by them both africans and african american soldiers he meets this is presented with some slight critical distance but you know what slight critical distance is not enough when the attitude being presented is so barkingly colonial and condescending that it becomes downright repulsive our charmless hero also starts out with a black boyfriend and much is made of that character's stereotypical lower class 'blackness' and naturally his dangerous life in the projects that's how blacks are right they are either innocent wide eyed africans or sexy violent thugs and of course the best friend also has his own love of black men well their dicks that is reading all about an insufferable body worshipping twit of a protagonist and an elderly upper class jackass who lives to objectify eventually made me want to commit some bodily harm on both of them when the narrator eventually gets his ass kicked i couldn't help but think well finally he is getting a dose of some sort of reality that has nothing to do with worship of the male body or getting fuckedmy gosh i just hated this novela little self disclosure here i'm a bi guy i was out to a select group in high school i was out to the world in college i helped start the second iteration of Act Up San Diego when i was younger and better looking i whored myself out a bit now there's a fun fact i used to volunteer for gay men dying of hiv now i work for an agency whose clientele is well over half gay i've gone to jail protesting for the right of gay marriage and the rights of gay teachers to teach children i think my ueer credibility is pretty much impeccable and i say all this not just to provide personal context but mainly because i do not want this review to give the impression that there is any kind of lurking bottled up self hate or any negative attitude towards gay sexuality involved in my rejection of this appalling novel although i am not a big part of the gay community i celebrate it and of course am a proud member but there is nothing to celebrate about this novel it was a revolting depressing infuriating experience for me apparently The Swimming Pool Library is considered to be some kind of modern gay classic that does a profound disservice to the genuinely complex and challenging works and the truly sensitive and moving narratives that exist in this often wonderful subgenre