About the book
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: **