Swimming Pool Library

Swimming Pool Library

By Alan Hollinghurst

Vintage, Paperback, 9780679722564, 352pp.

Publication Date: September 19, 1989


A literary sensation and bestseller both in England and America, The Swimming-Pool Library is an enthralling, darkly erotic novel of homosexuality before the scourge of AIDS; an elegy, possessed of chilling clarity, for ways of life that can no longer be lived with impunity. "Impeccably composed and meticulously particular in its observation of everything" (Harpers & Queen), it focuses on the friendship of two men: William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, an old Africa hand, searching for someone to write his biography and inherit his traditions.

About the Author
Ne en 1954 en Grande-Bretagne, Alan Hollinghurst a collabore au prestigieux Times Literary Supplement. Son premier roman, "The Swimming Pool Library", publie en 1988, a connu un grand succes public et critique. Couronne en 2004 par le Booker Prize, "La Ligne de beaute" est unanimement considere comme un chef-d uvre de la litterature anglaise contemporaine.

Praise For Swimming Pool Library

"Easily one of [1988's] most important debuts...A buoyant, smart, irrepressibly sexy book...that has the heft and resonance of a classic modernist novel, the sprawl and surprise of an intimate memoir." -- Village Voice Literary Supplement"The swimming-pool library beautifully welds the standard conventions of fiction to a tale of modern transgressions. It tells of impurities with shimmering elegance, of complexities with a camp-fired wit and of truths with a fiction's solid grace." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Absorbing and delightful...some of the brightest, smartest writing to come along in a long time." -- Houston Post