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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