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af Alan Hollinghurst

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In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate--a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance--to his family's modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to. But what Cecil writes in Daphne's autograph album will change their and their families' lives forever: a poem that, after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried--until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them.… (mere)
  1. 10
    Besættelse af A.S. Byatt (kylenapoli)
    kylenapoli: Gives the reader a similar backstage view of 'what really happened' and how it is misremembered, misrepresented, and otherwise lost to time.
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    Soning af Ian McEwan (rrmmff2000)
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 Booker Prize: The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst8 ulæste / 8Simone2, november 2020

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A strange, melancholy book redeemed by some of the most nuanced descriptions of commonplace feelings I've ever read. ( )
  mmparker | Oct 24, 2023 |
In the first part of this book, in the 1910s before the first world war, Cecil, a poet, arrives to visit his friend George and his family—his mother, brother Hubert, and sister Daphne. Out of the visit comes a poem that later becomes famous, initially written in Daphne's autograph book but probably written George in mind. What follows in the later parts is the afterlife of Cecil, who died in the war, with a fancy memorial at the family estate and collected poems edited and published by a friend. Generation after generation, new people find themselves interested in him and try to understand what he was actually like, but ways to getting to that are increasingly difficult. People only know their own stories, didn't want to know, didn't have the words, made their memories into stories they were comfortable sharing, put their papers and photos away and forgot about them. At the end, there are only maybes and theories and speculation, a tantalising gap that just cannot be filled. For me, this aspect was the most compelling thing about the book, the characters much less so. ( )
  mari_reads | Sep 15, 2023 |
I enjoyed this a lot, the kind of layered structure I enjoy. This novel shifts in time and protagonist, from the turn of the 20th century to its end. The unifying story is that of a poet, Cecil Valance, and we see him through the people who become infatuated with him and his works. Cecil is young, handsome, talented, and aristocratic. A poem he writes in a young girl's autograph album becomes an emblem of English pride, one that every schoolchild reads. In each era, gay men are the main characters (though there’s a hint a some lesbians) and we see how the furtive relationships of the 1900s move to married characters in the 80s. There's also a strong woman, the girl with the autograph album, whose life touches everyone in the story in one way or another. ( )
  piemouth | Sep 2, 2023 |
I was seriously disappointed in this novel after the brilliance of The Line of Beauty and The Swimming Pool Library by the same author. However, Hollinghurst has produced some sub-par books before, namely The Spell and The Folding Star, both of which left me cold. So, if you've heard great things about this author and been let down, maybe try one of the prize winning titles.

This book is predicated on the odd idea held by British authors that just about everyone who died in World War I was gorgeous and gay. Cecil Valance is an aristocrat poet who goes off to war after having an affair with his university friend, George. We follow the fortunes of both George's family and Cecil's from Cecil's first visit to Two Acres - the decidedly middle class patch of Sussex (or something) where George lives with his family - right up to the present day.

The parts of the book set closer to the present day work much better than the historical sections. I couldn't shake the feeling that there was a very good 300 page book somewhere in the 600 pages that I was forced to read. Hollinghurst's prose is as good as ever in parts, but again seems to lose its force on occasions. I can't presume to guess what the creative process is like for someone like Hollinghurst, but I suspect that he had started to lose interest in this story when it came to the editing phase.

And as a final complaint, the novel spends far too much time with gay characters who are in the closet. I understand that this was the reality of the time, but in 2011 I want to read stories about openly gay men (if I'm going to read about gay men) living their lives, not closeted men who are half living.

Having said all that, I eagerly anticipate Hollinghurst's next book, as when he's good, he's very very good.
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  robfwalter | Jul 31, 2023 |
Beautifully written, but long. Not that I mind long books, but no matter how well Hollinghurst can write, a 563 page novel is too long. With a similar portrayal of class differences, this novel and its style can be compared to Brideshead Revisited although with less palatial grandeur and plot, and less subtlety in gay references. Hollinghurst's epic family saga could be regarded a social history of the 20th century, particularly deft in demonstrating how attitudes towards homosexuality changed. Although Cecil Valance, (said to parallel Rupert Brooke, which is not very complimentary to Brooke) a wealthy student friend and lover of George Sawle, died in the first World War, the undistinguished poetry from his short life influenced generations. In later years the memories generated take on an almost mythical quality, which might be said to be typical of most nostalgic memories.

Interesting that some of the Booker Prize judges of 2011 expressed a desire for books that "zip along". Unsurprising that Hollinghurst didn't progress from the long list. ( )
  VivienneR | Apr 2, 2023 |
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För en litteraturvetare är romanen förstås rena tivolit, med sina beskrivningar av research, intervjuer med mer eller mindre frispråkiga släktingar, pusslandet med ledtrådar och akademisk tuppfäktning.
tilføjet af Jannes | RedigerDagens nyheter, Jens Liljestrand (Nov 8, 2012)
 
In The Stranger’s Child he weaves a number of stories around the idea of Brooke and his posthumous fortunes, detailing the lives caught up in the reputational arc of a Brooke-like poet called Cecil Valance between 1913 and 2008. Both world wars, fought offstage, have effects that ramify throughout the novel, as do changing attitudes to gay people and to biographical disclosure. Hollinghurst writes with amused tenderness about Rupert Trunk-type phenomena, investing them with dignity and pathos, but he also puts both hands on opportunities for irony, arch humour and, intermittently, an un-Jamesian directness.
 

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In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate--a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance--to his family's modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to. But what Cecil writes in Daphne's autograph album will change their and their families' lives forever: a poem that, after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried--until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them.

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