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The Stranger's Child

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Publisher: Pan Macmillan

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 576 | Format: Paperback | In other languages: (other languages) Italian

Isbn-10: 1447209044 | Isbn-13: 9781447209041 | Publish date: 

Also available as: Hardcover , eBook

Category: Family, Sex & Relationships , Fiction & Literature , Gay & Lesbian

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Book Description
This is the UK number one hardback bestseller from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of "The Line of Beauty". It is the "Sunday Times" Novel of the Year. In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge friend Cecil Valance, a charismatic young poet, to visit his family home. Filled with intimacies and confusions, the weekend will link the families for ever, having the most lasting impact on George's sixteen-year-old sister Daphne. As the decades pass, Daphne and those around her endure startling changes in fortune and circumstance, reputations rise and fall, secrets are revealed and hidden and the events of that long-ago summer become part of a legendary story, told and interpreted in different ways by successive generations. Powerful, absorbing and richly comic, "The Stranger's Child" is a masterly exploration of English culture, taste and attitudes over a century of change.
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    Forse ci voleva più pazienza, ma è stata veramente una pena arrivare alla fine. Ad un certo punto ho cominciato a saltare le varie cene, pranzi e buffet con tutti i convenevoli e i discorrere dei prot ...continue

    Forse ci voleva più pazienza, ma è stata veramente una pena arrivare alla fine. Ad un certo punto ho cominciato a saltare le varie cene, pranzi e buffet con tutti i convenevoli e i discorrere dei protagonisti di noiosisime amenità, per cercare di tenere il filo ed il senso della storia. Fatica inutile, non mi ha dato nulla.

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  • 1

    Che noia...

    Mi sono sforzata di leggerlo tutto perchè pensavo che ci fosse qualcosa di interessante almeno alla fine... Invece niente di niente, solo alberi abbattuti inutilmente. Da evitare,

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  • 4

    Poco queer, tanto British..

    Per tutta la storiella su come ho scoperto Hollinghurst, prego riferirsi alle puntate precedenti. Chè già io rincoglionisco e tendo a ripetermi e poi sono diventata monomaniacale e parlo di me anzichè ...continue

    Per tutta la storiella su come ho scoperto Hollinghurst, prego riferirsi alle puntate precedenti. Chè già io rincoglionisco e tendo a ripetermi e poi sono diventata monomaniacale e parlo di me anzichè dei libri che leggo. Uff.

    Anyway. Tutto sto gridare al capolavoro ma credo sia il meno bello che ha scritto. Mentre negli altri due quella certa cultura queer britannica che stavo iniziando a scoprire era una parte importante del libro, qui viene usata solo come pretesto e, a volte, un po' come macchietta. Molto fastidioso.

    Secondo punto. La storia si snoda in un arco temporale molto lungo. Quindi da una parte ad un'altra del libro, possono passare anni, decenni. E non è che lo capisci subitissimo. E non è che i personaggi siano proprio pochi. Per capirci, ad un certo punto mi sono presa la mia bella bic blu ed ho cominciato ad annotare nomi e parentele a margine. Mai successo neanche con i romanzi russi.
    Bella idea, bello ai fini della trama, ma decisamente un caos per un lettore medio, non che io legga abitualmente topolino - o meglio, non solo.

    Per tirare le somme, molto fumo e poco arrosto. Molta scena, molto manor house vittoriana, molto tea time - no, gin time -, molto antenati eccellenti e baronetti e poi me la faccio con il pretendente di mia madre - per dire - e poco senso del limite.

    Oh, capiamoci, il libro è scritto benissimo ed un bel libro, è solo che le mie aspettative erano davvero alte. O forse troppo Hollinghurst quest'anno, avrei dovuto aspettare un po'.

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  • 4

    What fascinates about this book is the structure. Hollinghurst takes an episode in the life of a small group of characters in 1913 and then proceeds to simultaneously reveal and cover up various facts ...continue

    What fascinates about this book is the structure. Hollinghurst takes an episode in the life of a small group of characters in 1913 and then proceeds to simultaneously reveal and cover up various facts about those characters during further episodes which span the entire century and beyond. Masterful.

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  • 1

    Yawn

    I've really enjoyed his earliest books so this was a real disappointment. Pretentious and affected. I finally gave up half way when friends warned me that it didn't get better in the second half. It o ...continue

    I've really enjoyed his earliest books so this was a real disappointment. Pretentious and affected. I finally gave up half way when friends warned me that it didn't get better in the second half. It often seems to happen when successful gay writers try and write a straight story.

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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 confu ...continue

    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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