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The Spell

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst writes like a dream about the nightmare of unequal affection. In his third novel,The Spell, four men dance around one another, their emotions and actions ranging from casual cruelty to anxiety to adoration. Hollinghurst's painful … see full wiki

Author: Alan Hollinghurst
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Viking Adult
1 review about The Spell

Hollinghurst continues to cast Spells

  • Nov 20, 1999
Rating:
+5
Unlike some reviewers of Alan Hollinghurst's The Spell who apparently prefer to rush to climax, I basked in the sheer pleasure of the author's command of the English language and ability to create kaleidoscopic, mesmerizing puzzles of the fabric of relationships. This short novel can be enjoyed on multiple levels - elegant prose describing England, a biting view of gay life in the 1990's at times acerbic and at times nostalgic, a guide to unravelling the intricacies of the webs we weave that define our public from our private selves. But with the last page closing we are left with the reassurance the savory prose is still being created...and eagerly await the author's next journey.

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