The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst

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The 1995 Booker Prize finalist finally back in print. Alan Hollinghurst's hypnotic and exquisitely written novel tells the story of Edward Manners, a disaffected 33-year-old who leaves England to earn his living as a language tutor in a Flemish city. Almost immediately he falls in love with one of his pupils, but can only console himself with other, illicit affairs. With this novel, Hollinghurst exposes us fearlessly to the consequences of unfulfillable, annihilating desire.


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Alan Hollinghurst is the author of the novels The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star, The Spell and The Line of Beauty, which won the Man Booker Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. He lives in London.
Published December 17, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 432 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Edward does not declare his love, though his theft of his beloved's underwear is a symptom of his obsession, an obsession he finds paralleled in the life of local Symbolist painter Edgard Orst (18651944) while working on a catalogue for the Orst Museum.

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Luc, 17, appears even more beautiful to Edward in person: The teacher is smitten, and soon tells his readers--the novel, like "Lolita," is narrated in the first person--about his exquisitely unrequited love.

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