Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Review The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst

The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst is a family saga, tracing (mostly) the lives of the rich and privileged from just before WW1 to the present day. The focus is on cultural changes to being gay, the keeping of secrets and the ways in which the work of a posthumous poet survives.

Characters fade in and out, some survive the book’s length, some are never really fully realised. I especially enjoyed the beginning but in the other sections I skipped quite a lot, and that's not my usual reading habit!   So no top marks but an OK book.

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