☆ The Sparsholt Affair ☆ Auteur ↠ Alan Hollinghurst Spiritualité


1 A NEW MANThe evening when we first heard Sparsholts name seems the best place to start this little memoir We were up in my rooms, talking about the Club Peter Coyle, the painter, was there, and Charlie Farmonger, and Evert Dax A sort of vote had taken place, and I had emerged as the secretary I was the oldest by a year, and as I was exempt from service I did nothing but read Evert said, Oh, Freddie reads two books a day, which may have been true I protested that my rate was slower if the books were in Italian, or Russian That was my role, and I played it with the supercilious aplomb of a student actor The whole purpose of the Club was getting well known writers to come and speak to us, and read aloud from their latest work we offered them a decent dinner, in those days a risky promise, and after dinner a panelled room packed full of keen young readersa provision we were rather certain of When the bombing began people wanted to know what the writers were thinking.Now Charlie suggested Orwell, and one or two names we had failed to net last year did the rounds again Might Stephen Spender come, or Rebecca West Nancy Kent was already lined up, to talk to us about Spain Evert in his impractical way mentioned Auden, who was in New York, and unlikely to return while the War was on Good riddance too, said Charlie It was Peter who said, surely knowing how Evert was hoping he wouldnt, Well, why dont we get Dax to ask Victor The world knew Everts father as A V Dax, but we claimed this vicarious intimacy.Evert had already slipped away towards the window, and stood there peering into the quad There was always some tension between him and Peter, who liked to provoke and even embarrass his friends Oh, Im not sure about that, said Evert, over his shoulder Things are rather difficult at present.Well, so they are for everyone, said Charlie.Evert politely agreed with this, though his parents remained in London, where a bomb had brought down the church at the end of their street a few nights before He said, rather wildly, I just worry that no one would turn up.Oh, theyd turn up, all right, said Charlie, with an odd smile.Evert looked round, he appealed to meI mean, what do you make of it, the new one I had The Gift of Hermes face down on the arm of my chair, about halfway through, and though not exactly stuck I was already alternating it with something else It was going to break my daily rhythm, and was indeed rather like tackling a book in a foreign language Even on the wretched thin paper of the time it was a thick volume I said, Well, Im a great admirer, as you know.Oh, well, me too, said Peter, after a moment, but warmly he was a true fan of A V Daxs large symbolic novels, admiring their painterly qualities, their peculiar atmospheres and colours, and their complex psychology Im taking the new one slowly, he admitted, but of course, its a great book.Any jokes in it said Charlie, with a hollow laugh.Thats never quite the point, I said, with a Dax novel.Anyway, havent you read it said Peter, going over to the window to see what Evert was looking at.Poor Evert, as I knew, had never read than the opening pages of any of his fathers books I just cant, he said again now, I dont know whyand seeing Peter join him he turned back into the room with a regretful look.After a moment Peter said, Good grief did you see this, Dax Oh whats that said Evert, and I was slow to tell the new confusion from the other.Freddie, have you seen this man Who is it I went across Oh, the exhibitionist, I suppose you mean, I said.No, hes gone said Peter, still staring out I stood at his shoulder and stared too It was that brief time between sunset and the blackout when you could see into other peoples rooms Tall panes which had reflected the sky all day now glowed companionably here and there, and figures were revealed at work, or moving around behind the lit grid of the sashes In the set directly opposite, old Sangster, the blind French don, was giving a tutorial to a young man so supine that he might have been asleep And on the floor above, beneath the dark horizontal of the cornice and the broad pediment, a single window was alight, a lamp on the desk projecting a brilliant arc across the wall and ceiling.I spotted him the other day, I said He must be one of the new men Peter waited, with pretended patience and Evert, frowning still, came back and looked out as well Now a rhythmical shadow had started to leap and shrink across the distant ceiling.Oh, yes, him, Evert said, as the source of the shadow moved slowly into view, a figure in a gleaming singlet, steadily lifting and lowering a pair of hand weights He did so with concentration though with no apparent effortbut of course it was hard to tell at this distance, from which he showed, in his square of light, as massive and abstracted, as if shaped from light himself Peter put his hand on my arm.My dear, he said, I seem to have found my new model At which Evert made a little gasp, and looked at him furiously for a second.Well, youd better get a move on, I said, since these days new men left as quickly and unnoticed as they came.Even you must admire that glorious head, like a Roman gladiator, Freddie, said Peter, and those powerful shoulders, do you see the blue veins standing in the upper arms Not without my telescope, I said.I went to fill the kettle from the tap on the landing and found Jill Darrow coming up the stairs she was late for the meeting at which she might have liked to vote herself I was very glad to see her, but the atmosphere, which had taken on a hint of deviancy, rather changed when she came into the room She hadnt had the benefit of ten years in a boys boarding school, with all its ingrained depravities I doubt shed ever seen a naked man Charlie said, Ah, Darrow, and half stood up, then dropped back into his chair with an informality that might or might not have been flattering We want Dax to ask his father, he said, as she removed her coat, and took in who was there I set about making the tea.Oh, I see, said Jill There was a natural uncertainty in Everts presence as to what could be said about A V Dax.At the window Evert himself seemed not to know she had come in He and Peter stood staring up at the room opposite Their backs were expressive, Peter smaller, hair thick and temperamental, in the patched tweed jacket which always gave off dim chemical odours of the studio Evert neat and hesitant, a strictly raised boy in an unusually good suit who seemed to gaze at pleasure as at the far bank of a river What are you two staring at Jill said.You mustnt look, said Peter, turning and grinning at her At which she went straight to the window, myself close behind The gladiator was still in view, though now with his back turned, and doing something with a piece of rope I was almost relieved to see that the scouts had started their rounds At one window, and then the next, a small black coated figure appeared, reached up to close the shutters, and removed all sign of life Across the way the scout came into Sangsters room, half hidden by the oblong screen he carried through into the bedroom, and after a minute reappeared, edged round the two occupants, and kneeling on the window seat gazed out for a curious few seconds before pulling the tall shutters to By dinner time the great stone buildings would be lightless as ruins.Ah, Phil, said Charliebehind us my own scout had come in to do the same for us.I said sternly, Do you know who this fellow is, Phil Phil had fought at the Battle of Loos, and after that earlier war had spent fifteen years in the Oxford police He was affable and devoted to the College, but seemed sometimes to regret that hed ended up in an apron, dusting and washing dishes for young men he was powerless to discipline What was it, sir He propped his screen against the wall, and came over eagerly, as if Id spotted a miscreant I noticed now that our own reflections were hanging very faintly between us and the view of other windows I pointed upwards.This ridiculous fellow, I said.Oh, him, sir, said Phil, a bit disappointed but trying for a moment to share our own interest in the luminous figure I happen to know there was a bit of trouble there.What sort of trouble said Peter.Well, the noise, sir Dr Sangsters been complaining about it.Oh said Evert Noise Rhythmical creaking, apparently, sir, said Phil, with a grim look.Oh, goodness said Evert.Hes not one of ours, though, in fact, said Phil.Ah, I said.No, hes one of the Brasenose men, said Phil In the vast gloomy College, its staircases half deserted since the start of the War, new members of requisitioned colleges had been slipped in here and there, disoriented freshmen who found themselves also evacuees Brasenose had been seized by a ministry of some kind, who according to my tutor were rather unsure what to do with it If you could just excuse me, Mr Green Of course, Phil.You dont happen to know his name said Jill.Hes called Sparsholt, miss, said Phil, with a small cough as he swung the shutters to and dropped the iron bar safely in its slot.Spar sholt, said Peter, weighing the word and smiling slyly at Evert Sounds like part of an engine, or a gun.Phil looked at him blankly for a second or two I dare say youre right, sir, he said, and went through into the bedroom I set out my best Meissen cups, which I hoped might please Jill, and in the new closeness of the panelled and shuttered room we settled down to have tea.jill stayed on, as my guest, for dinner in hall, and afterwards I went down to the gate with her Ill see you back, I said She was at St Hildas, a fifteen minute walk away, but in the blackout a bit of a challenge.Theres absolutely no need, she said.No, no, take my armwhich she did, touchingly enough We set offI held the taped over torch, which, with her elbow squeezed snugly against my side, we seemed to turn and point together Even so, I sensed some reluctance in her In a minute she freed herself to put on her gloves, and we went on like that past the tall railings of Merton, the great bulk of its chapel and tower sensed than seen above us in the night Jill glanced upwards The darkness seemed to insinuate something between us, and though I think she was glad of my company it was awkwardly as though she had agreed to something As I knew, it could be easier, once your eyes had adjusted, to walk without the startlements of the torch Oddly, you moved with confidence All the same, we spoke nearly in whispers, as though we might be overheard Often on those nights you did brush suddenly against other people passing or waiting entirely unseen.Now the lane was a little black canyon, its gabled and chimneyed rim just visible to us against the deep charcoal of the sky Clouds, in peacetime, carried and dispersed the colours of the lights below, but in the blackout an unmediated darkness reigned I thought I knew this street Id walked along a hundred times, but memory seemed not quite to match the dim evidence of doorways, windows, railings that we passed I asked Jill about her work, and she at once grew less self conscious She was reading History, but her interests were in archaeology, and in the remarkable things revealed by the London Blitz She explained how bombs that knocked down City churches sometimes cut through the layers below, Tudor, medieval, Roman, exposing them in ways no organized human effort could have done The human aspects of the devastation, the loss of life and home, clearly struck her rather less She spoke excitedly about coins, coffins, bricks, fragments of pottery I said it must be frustrating for her that Oxford itself had barely been damaged, and watched, if one can watch in the dark, her recognition, and disposal, of a joke From the start shed been one of those who pass through student life with their eyes set firmly on the future it was an urgent process, not a beautiful delay Now the future for all of us had changed, the town pervaded by a mood of transience, and of near readiness for action which it never saw Did other friends share my feeling we might lose the War, and soon defeatist talk was rare, and censored itself as it began Jill had made her choice, for the army, but her mind was on the great things she would do once the War was won.At the gate of St Hildas I stood half illuminating our parting Good night then, I said, with a humorous tremor.Jill seemed to look over my shoulder I wonder if Peter will paint that man.I turned Whos that The new man, she said, Sparsholt.Oh, him I laughed Well, Peter generally gets what he wants.A good subject, anyway, Id have thought, said Jill, and we shook hands It wasnt what Id hoped for, and as I walked alone across the bridge, and then once down Merton Lane, I worried at my own timidity and planned confident advances when we met next time I turned her face to mine, and found beauty in its symmetry She had grey eyes, the strong chin of a Wagnerian soprano, and small white teeth She gave off, close to, a tantalizing scent For the moment, this would have to do Ce texte fait r f rence l dition Broch Call Me By Your Name meets Evelyn Waugh in a gorgeous novel about the generations long aftershocks of a youthful tryst Adrienne Westenfeld, Esquire Beautifula complex saga that takes us, in long leaps, from the Blitz to the age of smartphones The novels opening section is a self contained drama rich with seduction, betrayal and exploitation Hollinghurst writes classically beautiful prose constantly intelligent, alert and mobile Hollinghurst writes with subtlety and sympathy about all the stages of Johnny Sparsholts progress, from youthful exploration to middle aged partnership to the rekindling of desire late in life As the story moves forward in time, Hollinghurst achieves a symphonic effect .The effect is moving.Hollinghurst writes with wisdom and understanding Adam Kirsch, The New York Times Book Review Alluring, virtuosic, cinematic Hollinghurst wonderfully conveys the charged atmosphere of ordinary life rumbling under extraordinary circumstances The traditional novel form seems as pleasurable and humanly true as ever in his hands.Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker Satisfying At the heart of The Sparsholt Affairare volatile secrets that can never be riddled into the light.Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal Utterly captivating and immersive Hollinghurst remains one of our most gifted writers, unspooling sentences as precise and lyrical, deft and ingenious, as any in the English language.Priscilla Gilman, Boston Globe Absorbing displays a masterly grasp of psychological processes and a prickling awareness of minute betrayals and inarticulate desires When Hollinghurst picks up an aspect of human experience, he is so exacting that its as if no one has described these things before.Dwight Garner, The New York Times Hollinghurst is a superb writer Like Henry James, he writes prose so dense with lines of beauty that you cant quite catch up to them in real time, lines that are razor close to human experience and yet or therefore retain a continual capacity for surprise In The Sparsholt Affair,he has made it his project to describe the agonizingly long time it took for gay life to reach its present state of encumbered but unprecedented freedom The novel is sad in the clear eyed lonely fashion of Philip Larkin Undeniably the work of a master Theres nothing Hollinghurst could write that I wouldnt read.Charles Finch, Chicago Tribune Fascinating, magisterial It captures the nuanced textures of life Hollinghurst is a literary master.John Powers, Fresh Air, NPR Epic, elegant, intricately constructed An overarching theme of The Sparsholt Affairis the quest for love Chance, temptation, time, loss, and change mark the decades Hollinghurst builds an intricate web of relationships with stately, Jamesian precision and nuance Moving, heartfeltno novelist has chronicled the salubrious sea change in cultural attitudes toward homosexuality beautifully than Hollinghurst His exquisite prose rewards close attention.Heller McAlpin, NPR Powerful, thrilling The Sparsholt Affairis a work of characteristic subtlety and forthrightness Hollinghurst is a writer for whom sex and fine art, sensual and aesthetic bliss, are not discrete activities, but points along a spectrum of delight.Giles Harvey, The New York Times Magazine A multigenerational tapestry, ingeniously constructed and delicately written so achingly powerful, youll savor every page.Lauren Morgan, Entertainment Weekly A secret history of art and desireand its effect on an iconoclastic English familyis at the heart of a novel shaped by the keen understanding of how we live and the repercussions of the previous generations actions.Megan OGrady, Vogue A deeply pleasurable riffing on the repressed English novelForster, James, Eliot, Charlotte Bronte, Austenwritten with poise, lucidity, and pathos A gay love story doesnt have to be about thwarted longing any in Hollinghursts hands, the traditional obstacles to romanceage, upbringing, inclination, societys expectationsbecome sparks and, at length, a full blown liberatory force blasting through the divisions in British society Sex, he shows, can be about friendship and self discovery, power, distraction, and comfort, among many other things But lovewell, love is rare What Hollinghurst is hinting is a desire to forget time, or, accurately, to forget that our time is limited Beautiful.Joanna Biggs, Harpers A study of how a single sensational event reverberates across the decades Hollinghursts mellifluous prose is as fine and subtly shaded as ever, and his full, persuasive immersion of the reader in the books far flung eras is impeccable The Sparsholt Affairhas a rich symphonic sweep as it makes its points and counterpoints.Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times A wonder, full of wit and tendernessa lusciously observant dive into 20th century English life The novel charts the great changes in gay life in Britain over the course of a lifetime It also betrays a whiff of nostalgia and is a memorial to a way of life that has vanished There is no better stylist alive than Hollinghurst.Laura Miller, Slate Gorgeous To read Alan Hollinghurst is to encounter beauty in its many forms Theres the beauty of the sentencesJamesian, somehow intensely shaped and effortlessly supple There are beautiful charactersbeautiful houses, beautiful paintings, beautiful poems Hollinghurst is a wicked satirist and a delicious plotter, but I most admire the seriousness with which he takes beautyits relationship to pleasure and power, secrecy and love David Sparsholt and his beauty serve as the plots enginethe Chekhovian gun that you know will go off And it does There is sharp insight about time and loss, sharply expressed Anthony Domestico, San Francisco Chronicle Hollinghurst is clearly writing some of the most beautiful lines currently to be found in English Emily Gould, Bookforum I had the distinct sense, on finishing Alan Hollinghursts latest novel, that I might have read next years Booker winner before this years had even been announced The Sparsholt Affairis a sweeping and intimate masterpiece, full of sensual pleasures and observational wisdom Geoff Dyer Extraordinary The joy and pain of The Sparsholt Affairis in revealing the locking and unlocking of secrets across generations The joy Hollinghurst takes in lifes small shards of beautyfeel s like the joy of life itselfwhen Johnny and his French friend play in the sea as teenagers, the unpremeditated elation of their bodies is like a series of arrows into the heart Hollinghursts oeuvre acts like a bridge for culture As the realization dawns that Hollinghurst is on the side of life, the walls start to come down Time passes and people die The instants of pure splendor are what make life livable, make it writable The Sparsholt Affairaffirms them, again Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic Dazzling Several minor Sparsholt affairs glow around the scandal of the novels title the one named in the titleinvolves a minister of Parliament, political corruption, and a tryst between two businessmen friends Rendered with consistently astonishing refinement.Christian Lorentzen, Vulture Beautiful, potent rich with the kind of emotional detail that marks Hollinghursts best work.Mark Athitakis, Newsday A beautifully drawn portrayal of families both given and chosen , memory, and the compromises that can make up a life.Adam Rathe, Town Country Magazine An Alan Hollinghurst novel comes into the world with a whole heart Theres so much honest living going on in his pagesdesires, needs, regrets, sex, worries, beauty, ugliness, anxiety, humor Hollinghurst is arguably the finest coiner of character at work today Attention to sound and imagery can be found in every one of his famously gorgeous sentences But if hes a descendent of Henry James and Forster, hes also one of Jean Genet and Edmund White In The Sparsholt Affair,Hollinghurst takes aim at nearly a century of gay life in Britain, beginning in Oxford just after the start of WWII, and ending in the present, in a gay universe of dating apps and raising children Hollinghurst writes some of his best lines about love, loss and memory in this novel.Christopher Bollen, Interview Magazine Cool is fine Hollinghurst is great.Here as in his earlier works, the writer is interested in upper crusty Oxbridge chaps making their way in society, getting entangled in art, in politics, and in bed or a mens room, or a sauna, or a nightclub with one another Sex, pleasure, and beauty are fundamental to human life Hollinghurst is uninterested in an existence that doesnt celebrate the three.Reading the authors beautiful sentences on the matter, you can be persuaded that sex, too, is an art form.Rumaan Alam, 4Columns Tantalizing The novel s primal scene is the glimpse, by Oxford students during the prescribed blackouts of the WWII blitz, of a transfixing nude male torso in a room across the quad Hollinghursts style is sophisticated, with a diamond cutter s feel for what qualifies as an edge While his characters are averting their eyes, Hollinghurst sculpts their exact shapes He sustains his subterranean human comedy with wickedly Wildean compassion you neither put the book down nor reach for a single stone to throw at anyone.Tim Pfaff, Bay Area Reporter Brilliant Evoked with confident richness a seven decade multi generational chronicle of elite English gay life Hollinghurst holds a commanding position, only strengthened by his latest novel, as a very contemporary English writer deeply formed by the tradition Randy Boyagoda, National Review A big, bold, brassy, spectacular saga of the tectonic shifts in gay lives in Britain from 1940 to 2012 an exuberant, highly entertaining excursion into many lives over many years Robert Allen Papinchak, The National Book Review Masterfulwritten in elegant, captivating prose The story sweeps along in five interlinked sections, in which the characters move through different stages of their lives and their countrys history Hollinghurst shines a clarifying light on the gay and art worlds through decades of British cultural and political change In this magnificent novel, Hollinghurst is at the height of his powers Publishers Weekly starred, boxed review Thrilling fascinating a novel full of life and perception A mans inability to be honest about his sexuality has scandalous, and brutally public, consequences for several generations Hollinghurst tracks the vast, transformative changes in gay life over many decades Part of Hollinghurst s bold talent in this novel, as in his previous work, is to make it evident that lust, sex, and who does what with whom in the bedroom and even how are fitting, and insightful, subjects of literary fiction Kirkus starred review The Jamesian elegance and psychological acuity of Hollinghursts previous novels grace The Sparsholt Affair,a multigenerational saga focusing on the Sparsholts and the effect a highly public midcentury scandal has on their family and legacy This is a moving work from one of modern literatures finest authors.Michael Magras, BookPage Hollinghursts sprawling novel, suffused with lust and longing, movingly portrays the generational shift in gay experience and acceptance Warmly recommended Library Journal starred review Superlatives are made to describe this extraordinary work of fiction Distinguished a novel notable for its sophistication The world of art and literature and the evolving world of gay society and culture in Britain are brilliantly realized Hollinghurst is especially good at evoking yearning, and, indeed, his novel will inarguably leave his readers yearning for.Michael Cart, Booklist starred review Reviews from the U.K Perhaps Hollinghursts most beautiful novel yeta book full of glorious sentences by the greatest prose stylist writing in English today The Sparsholt Affairis about gay life, about art, about family, but most of all its about the remorseless passage of time Theres always something elegiac about the movement of time in a Hollinghurst novel theres an inevitable feeling of sorrow that comes with the end of each section Yet The Sparsholt Affairis funnier and warm hearted than any of his books so far Hollinghurst is wonderful on the beautiful delay of university life, on the cloisters and the quadrangles, tentative intimacies building between friends and lovers he can do an Oxford novel as well as Waugh.An unashamedly readable novel, undoubtedly the work of a master.Alex Preston, The Observer This book moves from strength to strength The immense assurance of the writing, the deep knowledge of the settings and periods in which the story unfolds, the mingling of cruel humour and lyrical tenderness, the insatiable interest in human desire from its most refined to its most brutally carnal, grip you as tightly as any thriller Hollinghurst layers situations that cumulatively portray a culture as it exists in time as well as in space a constellation of longings and confusions The novel keeps pulsing an amazing amount of the passion and folly of the human comedy is woven in, all of it beautifully observed and memorably articulated.James Lasdun, The Guardian A novelist with a particular genius for inhabiting the past and an extraordinary gift for the condensing and enriching detail Hollinghurst can give a tiny history of the high street and a thumbnail sketch of a life story all in a few dozen words His evocation of Oxford in wartime is ravishing in its detail, and it isnt only the overtly gorgeous passages that shine Ordinary actions are ushered from one sort of life into another, carried tenderly across in language that is unhurried and precise Hollinghursts writing evokes Whistlers brushwork, Henry Jamess prose or Frank Lloyd Wrights way with a building, but does not recognize a separation between high and low, past and present, glory and disgrace With an astonishing responsiveness to light, sound, painting, the past, social nuance, music, sensation, buildings inside and out, the inner life of sentence, he is saturated in the literary past but unhindered by it.Adam Mars Jones, The London Review of Books Dazzlingly good the best new novel Ive read this year Once again, Hollinghurst is both utterly sumptuous and utterly precise Perfect scene follows perfect scene no object in The Sparsholt Affairis too unimportant to receive his full and thrilling attention Combining broad sweep with plenty of equally impressive close up analysis, Hollinghurst plunges us into haute bohemia over several decades He reminds us that yet another of his lavish gifts is for rueful comedy Hollinghurst is as deft as ever James Walton, The Spectator Hollinghursts novels remind you of the deep pleasures of reading novels Such is the penetrating clarity of his perception, his ability to convey many layers of experience at once The Sparsholt Affairis likely to provoke that same flutter of recognition in readers Its the story of what happens before and after a sexual political scandal, and about the lives colored by the affair Around every episode theres a thick membrane of social detail The reflection and refraction of history in this book is reminiscent of Virginia Woolfs family saga The Years The Sparsholt Affairis wider in scope and tender than anything Hollinghurst has written before.Johanna Thomas Corr, London Evening Standard This is not your usual page turner it is a meticulously written, acutely insightful novel about human mis behavior, about time and unremitting change, with a skein of skillfully entwined what happens next stories ranging over three generations The felicities of the prose are unceasing the observations and apercus are impeccably judged Hollinghurst can be rigorously analytical one moment, slyly comic the next, erotic, then nostalgic, and subtle He has his characters to a tee the humour can ambush us More movingly, a situation of multiple accumulations can be rendered by a single gestureand a casual flick of the authorial eye It would be hard, impossible, to over praise this novel.Ronald Frame, The Sunday Herald Glasgow Audacious, ambitious an absorbingly complex novel reaching across seven decades, with a sense of lost time in the gaps it leaves The narrative is alert to implicit meanings Hollinghursts achievement is to make those meanings the stuff of all social exchanges His sentences trust in our intelligence while doing justice to the unknowability of other people Hollinghursts prose delights.John Mullan, The Times Saturday Review A multi part story of a family plunged into scandal that is likely to delight fans of The Line of Beauty.Alice Jones, Top Picks in The Independent Without a doubt, both a highlight of Hollinghursts career, and one of the best books of the year The novel charts the course of three generations of Sparsholts Hollinghurst moves between times, places, and perspectives with the ease of a true master, any regret I felt at leaving each behind immediately mitigated by the majestic welcome of the next.Lucy Scholes, The Independent Atmospheric richly textured and alive with ironic wit The Sparsholt Affairchronicles shifting social, cultural and sexual attitudes over eight decades, tracing twists brought about by the passing years across a broad canvas Hollinghursts alertness to tone and body language is acute Urbanely satiric scenes entertainingly unroll suave impalings of vanity are a specialty An ambitious novel of family, sexuality and art.Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times UK Masterly, evocativea portrait of life in the UK before and since the decriminalization of homosexuality from one of our finest novelists Hollinghursts return with a new novel could hardly be better timed The Sparsholt Affairexposes closeted gay lives of the past, and out gay lives of the present, culminating in a breathtaking description of a night of drugs and dancing in a gay club a passage that grabs the reader by the sweaty palm and pulls him or her, elated, through the swirling debauch The novel delineates, with leaps in time and place, shifting tastes in art and culture and social behaviors, changing attitudes to sex and relationshipsand to class As with all Hollinghursts work, it is utterly involving, uncannily realized, beautifully written, and very moving Alex Bilmes, Esquire Hollinghurst is rightly regarded as one of Britains finest observers of life If Jane Austens novels were about marriage eligibility, then a Hollinghurstian theme is about another sort of coupling Yet Austen would recognise his characters, many of whom are posh, privileged, well educated From Oxford in 1940 into our age, The Sparsholt Affaircaptures the changing nature of the homosexual experience as the country moves from shame and criminality to openness and dating apps the most moving parts of the novel are about a man, whose long term partner has died, being thrust into the dating market again, which has been transformed by 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