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The Swimming-Pool Library

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Description

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, for ways of life that can no longer be lived with impunity. "Impeccably composed and meticulously particular in its observation of everything" (Harpers & Queen), it focuses on the friendship of two men: William Beckwith, a young 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 biography and inherit his traditions.

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From Publishers Weekly

Aug 05, 1988 – On entering a London public lavatory in blithe pursuit of quick, anonymous sex, beautiful and roguish young aristocrat William Beckwith isconfronted instead with an ancient, doddering member of the British House of Lords who, after muttering an incoherent string of polite non sequiturs, promptly keels over at his feet in embarrassed but undeniable coronary arrest. After saving the old man's life, Will is invited to tea by the grateful and slightly senile Lord Nantwich, who, surprised by Will's impressive lineage and appalled at his state of idle unemployment, engages the young man to write the Nantwich life story. Thus begins the unusual relationship that forms the core of this funny, sad and beautifully written novel. The Swimming Pool Library weaves a rich and fascinating tapestry of Britain's gay subculture spanning pre-World War I through the sexually abandoned early '80s, stopping short at the doorstep of AIDS. Hollinghurst's prose is fresh, witty and wise, and his ever-surprising, sinuously unfurling story is told with insouciant grace and unabashed sexuality. BOMC and QPBC alternates. .

Customer Reviews

Erotic and intriguing

Hollinghurst's debut novel and a beautiful read. Set in early 80s London it delves into the never ending sexual appetite of gay protagonist Will and his relationship and revelations with Lord Nantwich who he befriends by a near tragic accident.

Loved the gritty realism and poetic visions Hollinghurst paints of this period London. The city I know well comes to life with every line of text. And also offers something I didn't know both about the city, its history and gay community.

Twists and turns delight and much intrigue developed of the locations of both the Swimming Pool Library and Nantwich's forgotten London Street in his cellar.

A story of its time that will bring recognition to gay readers and enjoyment and drama for all who read this exquisite and engaging work.

Marc Checkley

The Swimming-Pool Library
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Gay
  • Published: Sep 19, 1989
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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