Archive for May, 2012

The Swimming Pool Library Alan Hollinghurst

This book divided members of our book group on age lines. The older people saw it as an accurate reflection on the hedonistic pre-AIDS days. The pub is based on a place where the author drank and there are vivid scenes remembered from twenty years ago. The younger members thought it unrealistic.

The central character is, by and large, self-absorbed, though he has flashes of self-awareness.

It is a mixture of fantasy and reality in which the characters are over-confident.

There are acute descriptions and observations, though the six-year-old is precocious – why? Is this a farce? The story doesn’t go anywhere because the people’s lives aren’t going anywhere.


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