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The Stranger's Child - Alan Hollinghurst
The Stranger's Child
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In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at 'Two Acres', the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for all the Sawles, but it is on George's sixteen-year-old sister Daphne that it will have... show more
In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at 'Two Acres', the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for all the Sawles, but it is on George's sixteen-year-old sister Daphne that it will have the most lasting impact, when Cecil writes her a poem which will become a touchstone for a generation, an evocation of an England about to change for ever. Linking the Sawle and Valance families irrevocably, the shared intimacies of this weekend become legendary events in a larger story, told and interpreted in different ways over the coming century, and subjected to the scrutiny of critics and biographers with their own agendas and anxieties. In a sequence of widely separated episodes we follow the two families through startling changes in fortune and circumstance. At the centre of this often richly comic history of sexual mores and literary reputation runs the story of Daphne, from innocent girlhood to wary old age. Around her Hollinghurst draws an absorbing picture of an England constantly in flux. As in "The Line of Beauty", his impeccably nuanced exploration of changing taste, class and social etiquette is conveyed in deliciously witty and observant prose. Exposing our secret longings to the shocks and surprises of time, "The Stranger's Child" is an enthralling novel from one of the finest writers in the English language.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780330483247 (0330483242)
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 564
Edition language: English
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KatieMc
KatieMc rated it
4.0 Not perfect, but lovely
It was not perfect, but it was lovely. A tale told in five loosely connected parts, all linked by one character who did not even live to see the second act. Cecil Valance, while very young when killed in the great war, managed to touch many lives both directly [spoiler] he slept with many men and e...
KatieMc
KatieMc rated it
4.0 The Stranger's Child
It was not perfect, but it was lovely. A tale told in five loosely connected parts, all linked by one character who did not even live to see the second act. Cecil Valance, while very young when killed in the great war, managed to touch many lives both directly he slept with many men and even so...
Under The Mountain
Under The Mountain rated it
0.0 Stranger's Child
Reminds me of Brideshead Revisited, no?
Bettie's Books
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0.0
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/666788474
daisyq
daisyq rated it
Hollinghurst writes so beautifully, and does especially good party scenes. I loved the first three sections of this, while the final two (no parties) I thought were only okay. The book didn't quite come together as a whole as much as [b:The Line of Beauty|139087|The Line of Beauty|Alan Hollinghurst|...
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