The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst

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Alan Hollinghurst’s hypnotic and exquisitely written novel tells the story of Edward Manners, a disaffected 33-year-old who leaves England to earn his living as a language tutor in a Flemish city. Almost immediately he falls in love with one of his pupils, but can only console himself with other, illicit affairs. With this novel, Hollinghurst exposes us fearlessly to the consequences of unfulfillable, annihilating desire.

Reviewed by North Waltham Evening Group:

This book divided the group from couldn’t finish it, to couldn’t put it down. Some found sexual descriptions too OTT, others thought them a very necessary part of the story. Nobody had much sympathy for any of the characters and most generally agreed that it improved as it progressed.

Star rating: **

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2 thoughts on “The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst”

  1. Review by The Benches Reading Group:
    Edward Manners character was strongly portrayed as obsessive, lonely but pathetic and disillusioned. Some sexual encounters were very explicit, sometimes cruel and over-emphasised and their vivid description could offend or upset readers. The novel was well written with evocative descriptions stimulating olfactory and visual senses. A good book worthy of full and lengthy discussion.
    Star rating: ****

  2. Review by Petersfield U3A Book Group:
    As a result of this book, unfinished by everyone in our group, one of our members has resigned. This is the sad story of a sleazy homosexual. There was a great deal of discussion about the book and sexuality at our meeting.
    Star rating: no rating

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